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AngelWithoutWings54 06-28-2010 12:20 PM

Holding the Tail Out?
I was watching some videos of me riding Jerry, and I noticed that when he trots and canters, he holds his tail out. Not up, but out. Do you think that he's in pain, or is it just how he likes to hold his tail?

barrelracer892 06-28-2010 12:25 PM

My horse holds his tail slightly to his left when we ride. It's normal for him. If your horse just started doing this, I would think he might be a little uncomfortable. Maybe his back would be out? If he's been doing this with his tail for ages, I wouldn't be worried.

AngelWithoutWings54 06-28-2010 12:45 PM

He's been doing it since I've known him (at least two years), so I shouldn't worry?

barrelracer892 06-28-2010 12:51 PM

I wouldn't if he's been doing it that long. I've seen a lot of horses hold their tails funny and they have nothing wrong. Been checked by a chiro and everything. My horse has been doing it ever since I can remember. For peace of mind, though, you could have him checked by a chiro.

AnnaLover 06-28-2010 01:03 PM

Does he do it when you're not riding him? Does he has arab in him? Because arabs will naturally hold out their tails when trotting, cantering, and galloping (as far as I know!) :D

draftrider 06-28-2010 01:14 PM

You are riding an Arab cross and asking why he holds his tail out?

AnnaLover 06-28-2010 01:34 PM

^^ was kinda wondering the same thing :P

AngelWithoutWings54 06-28-2010 02:18 PM

Lol. we actually don't know his breed, but thats what the vet said, so it could be right, and it could be wrong.

AnnaLover 06-28-2010 06:54 PM

He definitely has arab in him IMO :)

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