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post #21 of 36 Old 09-27-2012, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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post #23 of 36 Old 09-28-2012, 07:42 AM
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Here's my horse with his fake tail. It's not overly done and I don't see it getting stuck between his legs!



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I prefer not to see them and have only ever seen one that was put in so well and didn't look fake. It was a very light tail... maybe 1/2lb at best.
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I have nothing to do with any show circuit, but I personally don't mind fake tails, at least when they're done well. I put one in once, and gosh darn it's difficult! I think it takes a certain kind of talent to do it.

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i think its pointless if they have a fake tail in. Its Fake! What is the point to it? If a horse can't grow a tail then they can't and people should just accept that and not try to make them look "better'
In regards to that, I have to laugh (not in a bad way!). Think of all the famous people in the world. Botox, fake boobs, fake hair, fake personalities. In all, I think fake tails are very minor.

Like I said, I have no idea about showing... but it seems to me that no judge is going to be fooled by any kind of fake tail. It doesn't give an unfair advantage and, so long as it doesn't negatively affect the horse, I think it's fine.

WickedNag, that's a really well done tail! I'm impressed.

Also, this might disturb some people... But I know someone through a friend who had her old horses' tail turned into a fake tail when it died. It was a perfect match for her show horse, and was a piece of 'memorabilia' of her childhood horse. I find it a little creepy, but also kind of sweet. In this sense though, I'm kind of a waste not want not person...
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I really should go through my pictures and find more pictures of that horse. It is an amazing job of putting in a tail.
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Another picture of that fake tail moving. And it is the only one I have ever seen that could pass as real. I think because it is not so heavy...but not sure

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I am not a fan of fake tails on any horse. I did sell one of my old mares tails about 25 year ago and at that time I got $500. for it. It was really blonde and I had about 10 feet of very thick hair so... Nice swatch for someone to make into a tail cover.

I think fake tails look fake no matter how good a person is at putting them on. I also think it is human nature to over do it. Most people have tails that don't match the natural color well, are too heavy or different hair texture. That said, it is your horse, if you want it to wear a wig, have at it.
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Here's my horse with his fake tail. It's not overly done and I don't see it getting stuck between his legs!
Why do you use a fake tail? Is your horse's natural tail short or thin?

Not being a show person, I find the idea fascinating. But from your pictures, I would not have known it was fake, so makes me curious how much is the real tail and how much is added.


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Why do you use a fake tail? Is your horse's natural tail short or thin?

Not being a show person, I find the idea fascinating. But from your pictures, I would not have known it was fake, so makes me curious how much is the real tail and how much is added.
In some show circuits a fake tail is the "norm". In the QH and APHA world it's really common, I think 99% of the riders use them. They are not required and I've shown without one but I normally do use one. It's a light weight.

I'm not positive what started the trend but my geuss is that it has to do with weighing the tail down so that the horse carries it "properly" for the show ring. There are rules on how much a tail can weigh although, I've never seen anyone check a tail before. I've seen them drug test routinely and I've seen them check bits at every show but I'm not sure I've seen them look at a tail. There are specific rules on how they can be attached and what they can weigh.

I could take them or leave them. I love the way my horse looks with and without his tail and he has the "old-style" qh tail, it's short....

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