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.
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...