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Quedeme 03-22-2011 07:06 PM

Tail of Sadness (Pictures!)
Ok, so, I just got this horse (please visit for the whole story) and his tail was a matted, knotted MESS. I tried yesterday for over an hour, and again today for over an hour, and made little to NO progress. It was SO matted that I could barely get the comb teeth through! I used tons of Cowboy Magic and nothing worked! So finally...I decided to just bite the bullet and deal with the damage -sighs-

Here's some pictures...I'm surprised at how thick his tail actually is, and how cute it looks when it's done....kinda like a polo pony...

I know he still looks a bit rough around the edges, but I'm setting up a farrier visit asap and working him now, as well as regular grooming. I expect him to shine like a new penny in no time! Now to get his tail to grow back out nice and fast....this horse will be golden when it comes to fly spray by the time I'm done with him! lol

Spastic_Dove 03-22-2011 07:15 PM

Aw pooor thing!
He does look cute though, if not a little embarassed :lol:

I think they have things you can braid into their tails to help with flies?
Can't remember what they're called as I've never used them...

Quedeme 03-22-2011 07:19 PM

If it gets too bad, I have yarn I can just braid into his tail, but last year the flies weren't too bad, so hopefully they won't be this year either ^_^

SpiritedLittleCopperSpots 03-22-2011 08:41 PM

Wow, I think I would have cried like a baby....

But it does not look too bad, you're right.
So is the remaining tail completely matte free then?

PintoTess 03-22-2011 08:52 PM

I would have cried as well!!

Quedeme 03-22-2011 09:06 PM

The remaining tail is all 100% healthy, tangle/matt free and VERY thick! So I'm sure it'll grow out's just the wait for it to grow out now!

Also, if his tail had been NICE....I would have cried x.x but I could tell that just leaving it to leave it...would get least this way I can prevent any matting and tangles BEFORE they get that bad again....

The sad thing is, is that the previous owner left it like that for several MONTHS (she moved him to my boarding facility mid fall!) At least he's not carrying around that lump anymore! I'm sure he's happy for it too lol!

SpiritedLittleCopperSpots 03-22-2011 09:16 PM

You are right, I am sure it feels much better with out the weight of that heavy knot hanging there!
He's probably very grateful for that.

SAsamone 03-22-2011 09:25 PM

how does a a tail even get that matted? my Emma has a very thick tail and I hardly ever comb the manes or tails of my horses unless I just have the urge to do a full groom or if I'm bathing. Does he rub his tail? But the look is very cute on him, lol :) He's drop dead gorgeous!

Quedeme 03-22-2011 09:35 PM

Since I've known this horse a while, I can actually answer that question. He doesn't rub it, but what happened was that when he was transported from the 'bad' boarding place to this one, he was TOTALLY freaked out in the trailer (I'm glad I wasn't there to watch...I'd have cried x.x) Both him AND his brother probably leaned and weaved on the back doors of the trailer and that's probably what did it, because I know before I left that place, both tails were perfectly fine. If they had been dematted as soon as they got here, I don't think it'd have been SO solid. Also, I leave my mare out in the fields ALL the time. She's rarely been put in a stall, and she also has a super thick tail. She's the kind of horse that literally gets dreadlocks in her tail and mane! I usually roach her mane in the summer (because of the heat) but I've never once had to cut at her tail. I have left her alone for a MONTH without seeing her and she still has never been that bad. It's crazy. So I really think it was the harrowing trailer ride that did such damage mixed with the owners lack of attention to the matter x.x

Texana 03-22-2011 09:39 PM

Ohh so sad :( I know its a little unconventional, but instead of paying arm and leg for cowboy magic or show sheen, I use pledge. lol I told you very unconventional, but i use it on my horse and it refreshes their tails and puts oils in it to make it easier to comb through. Looks like there wasn't much to help your guy tho.

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