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Junebug 04-08-2009 09:40 PM

I have a question about halter horses.
Okay so there are like 5 halter/ showmanship horses that i have found that i like, now i just have a question, i have been researching stuff about halter and i noticed that they all do not use fake tails AT ALL! why is that? And another thing how do they band a mane so short?

LeahKathleen 04-08-2009 09:46 PM

I am -not- huge into halter, but I imagine they don't use fake tails because they are being judged on conformation, so they want the judges to be able to see their hind end.

PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong, that's just the first thing I thought of that made sense. :]

Jessabel 04-09-2009 07:10 PM

Around where I live, tail extensions are the new trend, no matter what breed or class. The stock breeds, especially. I hate it. Fake tails are obvious and just look horrendous. Why can't people just be happy with what their horse already has? Is your horse not good enough for you the way he is?

The last open halter show I went to, almost every horse there had extensions. It was awful. You could even see where it was tied in on some of them. And it just hung there. It didn't move with the rest of the tail. The horses didn't like it, either. They were curling their tails up and just looked pissed. The way I see it, if your horse is a real stunner, is perfectly groomed, and struts into that ring looking like a million bucks, he doesn't need fake accessories to catch the judge's eye. You have to have that show-off mentality, too. Attitude alone can win it for you.

Ending my little rant there. ;D Natural > fake tails.

Also, they band the mane short in stock breeds and sport-type horses because a short mane brings out their neck. It all depends on the breed standard.

Junebug 04-09-2009 07:38 PM

I love fake tails personally, i use them on my horses

Liberty 04-09-2009 09:37 PM

For Arabians (pretty much the largest halter industry) it is ILLEGAL to use fake tails in halter or performance.

I'm an Arab expert, not an expert on any other breed really.

But they're obvious. People need to just take care of their horses tails. Halter is about the horse's natural beauty, pretty much. It's not a "WOW. That horse has a GREAT fake tail" kind of thing. lol.

Jessabel 04-10-2009 02:15 PM

Thank you, Liberty.

horseoffire 04-12-2009 10:17 AM

in halter its about what the horse has so like u don`t use fske tails.

Junebug 04-12-2009 09:14 PM

Im talking about AQHA APHA Halter not arabs, Some horses cant grow long tails, i would never go to a show with out one, honestly

tempest 04-12-2009 09:18 PM

I don't like fake tails, but on some horses it's ok for them to have one. Only horses with rat-tails should wear one.

horseoffire 04-13-2009 11:35 AM


Originally Posted by Junebug (Post 287430)
Im talking about AQHA APHA Halter not arabs, Some horses cant grow long tails, i would never go to a show with out one, honestly

I know i always use them on my western horses and english horses like i can`t live with out them

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