I was wondering if braiding a tail is bad for the tail, as in affecting the growth? And also would this make it harder to chase away fly's?
Or would this benefit the tail?
Just some random questions.
Lots of people use tail bags and leave in conditioner and braid their horses tails specifically to encourage growth and prevent breakage. If you comb the tail out, braiding will prevent it from becoming a snarly mess which then has to be combed out again and inevitably you'll pull some hairs out each time.
That said, the horse does need its tail for bug season. The loose tail provides a bigger surface area for swatting if flies. Compare trying to hit a fly with say a pencil vs a wide fly swatter. I have seen tailbags with long string attachments meant to mimic the tail while still protecting it.
it would be best leave his tail unbraided during the dry season, unless you condition/moisturize it regularly. leaving the tail braided for too long when it's dry can cause the hairs to break.
i keep flicka's braided and bagged during the winter to keep it clean, but i also put baby oil in it once every two weeks or so.
also, the tail works as a natural flyswatter, so i would only braid it if the fly sheet covers his belly.
Yes, I agree with ponyface. Braiding the tail is not reccomendable when the tail is dry or it is in colder weather, this may cause the entire braid to fall out/off. Be sure to start the braid below the bon unless you have an over-rise method, such as a french braid.
Alot of peopel will braid their horses tail to prevent breakage, but leave some pieces out of the braid that dont touch the ground, that way they can still swat flys with them, but the longer pieces would be braided still :)
I keep Walter's tail loosely braided all year, unless he is out in a large pasture. I use cowboy magic in it once every two or three weeks, finger brush it, and rebraid. I don't use a tail bag- I can't figure out how to make it stay in haha.
It is very cold this winter, and his tail hasn't fallen out, nor did it in the summer when it was very hot. It's grown a considerable amount, and I find it keeps it cleaner.
Loosely braid it:)that's what I do with my horses during the winter.... One grew 2 inches!!!!!!!!!I redo it every weekend and put some baby oil in it( quarter size) DON'T PUT IT ON THE TAILBONE!!!!!!!just below:):):)
I braid my Morgan's tail. I put a leave in conditioner & redo the braid weekly. I also use a tail bag. I have 1 with the strings to help swish flies but my normal tail bag is a old sock with a little hole in it and some bailing twine sewn on the toe to swish flies with. It's cheap and easy so I like it best.
So far, (surprisingly) nobody has even mentioned the mud factor! Especially if your horse has a long, luxurious tail, braiding it through the muddiest of the season will make the grooming go easier. Fortunately, the worst of the mud comes well before the worst of the bugs
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