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post #1 of 22 Old 09-17-2020, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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Banging Horses Tail

Winter is coming and I have a mare who’s tail gets nasty. Canadian winters (-30įc and a lot of snow) usually I keep her tail banged about mid cannon bone to keep it out if the way so she‘s not step on it.

- 1st year, I just left it and it always had huge ice/pee balls. When i’d take her to the heated indoor arena for a ride it would thaw and be a sticky, dirty, smelly mess... just nasty!
- 2nd year, I washed it monthly and bagged it with a tailboot. It worked well, kept it clean and it was touching the ground by spring. However, twice she had caught it on something and pulled out hair (about a pens thickness) so it was long but thinner.

Lately, I’ve been considering just cutting it off around her hock and seeing how that goes LoL
She does not show, lives outside 24/7, and only once it snows (no bugs). She’s blessed with good hair and it will grow back.

Does anyone else do this or am I crazy?
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post #2 of 22 Old 09-17-2020, 06:44 PM
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It's all up to you. I like to wash & condition mine, let it air dry and then braid it and roll it up and wrap with GuardTex to keep it up. I also use a waterproof tail bag if they are out on pasture. I tend to bang mine about fetlock length and just keep it there year round. If you put the tail up in GuardTex, you only need to take it down once a month, brush and put it back up again, unless something has gotten in it and you need to take out burrs or wash out something she got into.
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post #3 of 22 Old 09-17-2020, 06:51 PM
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I would just go ahead and cut it! Banged tails look great, anyhow. :)
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post #4 of 22 Old 09-17-2020, 06:55 PM
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I'm a Tailboot user too and have had great luck with them. In the harsh winter months I have gone 3 months with taking it out to wash because weather wouldn't permit and the tail looked great.

Because I'm a QH person, if I were to cut her tail off at the hock I wouldn't bang it. I'd do the old school stock horse taper style at the hock or just below.
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post #5 of 22 Old 09-17-2020, 08:20 PM
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I have a similar winter and agree it needs to be banged off to keep ice and snowballs out. I have three Morgans who all have tails that are nearly dragging the ground right now. We donít show, and Iíve never had a tail bag. I bang them off around the hocks heading into winter and they are always long and lush by the time the next fly season comes around and they need them. They donít really have anything to catch them on in their pastures so fortunately Iíve never had to deal with missing chunks.

Manes are a different story...
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post #6 of 22 Old 09-17-2020, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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I’m feeling a lot better about giving her a haircut this winter now that I know others have and it worked out. Thanks!
Also, i’ll have to figure out how to do the stock horse taper cut though.
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post #7 of 22 Old 09-17-2020, 10:03 PM
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Banging a tail as I know it is a straight blunt cut which you see on most performance horses but at the fetlock in my discipline.

The taper style I was talking about, using a set of thinning shears to make it look more natural. (Think Oren Mixer paintings of QH)

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post #8 of 22 Old 09-18-2020, 01:24 AM
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Banged tails are the norm in the UK.

I would always cut the horses tails to about 2" below their hocks. Their tails would grow to a good length during the winter and I always thought it helped to thicken the tail.
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post #9 of 22 Old 09-18-2020, 01:19 PM
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My sister has a mini and a pony and they have thick long tails. She bangs them a little below the hock and they look quite smart and it keeps them out of the mud and wet and snowballs in the winter.
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post #10 of 22 Old 09-21-2020, 01:33 PM
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Banging for years. We have mud in the winter. I hate mud balls on the end of a tail. I also hate a long tail that picks up twigs and junk. (I also hate a long skinny tail dragging around a show ring...but that's for another thread). I trail ride. A tail long enough to swat flies works for me and seems to work for the horse also.
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