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JaneyWaney9 11-04-2011 11:42 AM

Tail Extensions?
I'm getting a tail extension for my Quarter Horse, and I need to know some things.
I have never used a tail extension...which is the best kind (looks best, ease of putting in, stays in) to get? (Meaning, natural loop, triple loop, tie in, loop-on, slide on, wrap around, etc.)

Also, how much of it should I get? I'm thinking 1 horse is fully grown and his tail looks like a standard jumper.

I want it to look like this:

What do you suggest?

WickedNag 11-04-2011 01:42 PM

Personally, I don't like them... Everyone I have seen looks very fake.

farmpony84 11-04-2011 02:00 PM

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Mine is a tie-in and it's very easy. I can do it by myself, which is nice. A friend of mine has a loop, which is also pretty easy. The other ones get a little harder. I wouldn't go more then a lb. I think mine is a half pound?

paintedpastures 11-04-2011 03:31 PM

the style I have & many use around here is a full tail,grommet style extension.It provides a secure fit & more natural look & movement than the more switch style tail. Here is an example of the attachment style:
Southend Tail Extensions

TwistedWire 11-04-2011 07:37 PM

When tied in correctly, they can finish a look. Personally I don't like the current trend on the breed circuit with huge, weighted fake tails-but I do like the look of a full tail as long as it's in proportion with the horse.

Farmpony, yours looks great :)

Andy, my hunter, has about 3 tail hairs and it's embarrassing. I found a used (probably homemade) tail that was long enough (he's 17h) and it has 2 loops, which I don't really like-they are too long. I like the standard tie in kind, as I feel I have more control of how it hangs.

Here is Andy's.

TwistedWire 11-04-2011 07:40 PM

Oh, and I should note: I'm not entirely proud of this...he has crappy light hair on top, but his long hairs are especially the way his tail is laying, you can see the color contrast, though while he's moving, it blends pretty nicely.

smrobs 11-04-2011 07:47 PM

I agree that the smaller you can get to just finish the look, the better. I like the look of both the horses that have been pictured, they just look like they have nice, thick, healthy tails. It's those horses that run around looking like they have a small, hairy child hanging from their butt that disgust me.

TwistedWire 11-04-2011 07:52 PM

I agree...the bottom of the tail shouldn't be wider than the base of their hind feet. For comparison, this is Andy without the tail. (He has to earn wearing the tail...when I know he's going to be a hot headed goober, I don't waste my time putting it in)

DejaVu 11-04-2011 09:52 PM

My geldings natural tail is nice and long, maintained at fetlock length, but it thins out at the bottom. I use what I believe is a one pound on him, and it's just enough to give his tail a consistent width and thickness all the way through.
It complements that QH behind of his nicely.

It's when you start getting into the more 2 pound range that the tails start overpowering the horse, and get too fake looking.

SaddleOnline 11-04-2011 10:05 PM

A 1lb tie in or loop should work fairly well for you. The key to having the tails look real is to make sure they match well - also, make sure the tail isn't one flat length on the bottom - a natural tail doesn't stop in a blunt cut, so if you want to make it look real either buy one that is tapered or thin it out a little bit with a razor blade at the bottom.

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