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post #1 of 6 Old 10-10-2019, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Horse tail care

I need advice on caring for my mare's tail. She is buckskin so it is black but I want it to grow out thicker and longer. I am wondering if I should leave it down with conditioner/etc. or if I should braid it and put it in a sock or tail bag to protect it. She is also in a pasture with some barbed wire so I do not want her to hang it on anything and I was wondering if it would be better protected if I left it down or kept it up.

Also, does anyone have any mane/tail hair products that help keep their horse's hairs strong and makes their manes/tails thicker and longer?

Thanks everyone in advance!!

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-10-2019, 01:52 AM
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My horse has always had a good tail, so I can't help you with growing it, but coconut oil works wonders for making it soft, silky, and detangled. I just get a tablespoon or so and stick it in the microwave for 30 seconds till' it's soft, then run it through his tail with my hands. Then, I braid it loosely below the tail bone, to stop twigs and branches getting tangled in it. The coconut oil doesn't make it slippery, and the braid can stay in for weeks in my experience.

Also, coconut oil makes their tails so shiny! Works better than any of the shine sprays I've tried (which admittedly is only two, but still)
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Now that it's not fly season you can really get growing on a decent tail if you're in a location that has running water during the winter (over here we're below zero for several months so we don't have access to things like baths during the winter). This regimen worked wonders for Dreams' scraggly Appy tail -

Shampoo first (I used Mane and Tail but I'm sure there are better ones out there)
Rinse very well
Spray with Showsheen
Put some Cowboy Magic on your hands and run it through the hairs until the tail has a good coat
Let dry completely THEN gently brush (never brush while wet or it will snap hairs) starting from the bottom
Braid below the tail bone
Put braided tail into a tail sock

I did this every 5 days or so. I have a very short tail sock, on purpose since Dreams likes to get the long ones caught on god knows what, so I braid the tail then roll it up into a little 8 or 10 inch package, and put all that in a sock. The whole affair ends up being short and not very good to swat flies, so I only did this when he didn't need to use his tail. But man oh man, after 2 months he had the most beautiful long silky tail. It was starting to get thick too, then winter arrived and I had to stop.

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post #4 of 6 Old 10-10-2019, 07:39 AM
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You wanna grow a tail? What you put in your horse will out, and not only in manure ;). Skin, shiny coat, mane and tail growth and quality, hoof quality...all linked together in dietary needs. Omega Horseshine is a good supplement that covers many needs, and the flax in it has the same action as psyllium to get rid of buildup in the gut. If it's cold make sure your horse is getting some extra calories from fat to stay warm and grow hair.

Put tail in bucket of water and wash, include a gentle soap if you want. Dry tail. Add a leave-in conditioner spray or apply a natural oil (coconut or sesame oil.) Separate your 3 braiding strands and brush them individually (start from the bottom, and work in small bunches). Trim 2" off of each braiding strand. Braid below tailbone, leave the last 8" of tail unbraided. Add scrunchy. Fold tail, making scrunchy touch just below the end of the tailbone. If that's not going to be short enough, you can fold the braid twice. Put that neatly into a stocking (stocking should be long enough to gently cover everything, up to the dock of the tail.) GENTLY (not tightly) cover the upper 2/3 of the sock sock with vetwrap. (If you don't do this, the horse can rub the tailbone and break hairs. Assume your horse will try to rub.) Add one strip of duct tape where the vetwrap ends to make sure it doesn't unravel. Voila! You can leave it like that for 2 days...possibly longer, but I wouldn't. You'll want to let it get some air and de-compress it with a light brushing. If there is excess oil or substance left, remove with towel. Remember that the tail you eventually get could very well need extra care and attention - if only to save it from the horse it's attached to.

Conditioning products that I like (if not natural oils):
http://www.horse.com/item/eqyss-prem...spray/E013642/
http://www.horse.com/item/mane-n-tai...ler/SLT054589/

If you wrap, and if flies are an issue, there are tail 'addons' that look just like tail and act like a whisk. That sounds really tacky, even hearing myself saying it, but hey - don't knock it if it works. Or just keep a fly sheet on your horse for a while.

Careful about putting too much product on the tail - it can cause buildup at the skin level, and possibly cause a dandruff-like situation.

Whatever you do, I do not advise simply braiding the tail and doing nothing else with it. Everybody I know who has tried to grow out a tail simply by keeping it in a braid, ended up with hardly any tail at all. And these were horses kept separate from one another - no herd play or chewing of tails.

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Wash, clean, conditioner, hand detangle then brush with a wet brush, braid and tail bag. Our horses are in a private paddock with just 2 horses in fencing they can't get the tail bag caught on and there are no horses that have access to the tail bag so there i no risk of any horses chewing on her tail or main. We own and breed horses that are world famous for having LOTS and LOTS of mane and tail so we've tried everything under the sun. Lots of great ways to do it, but this is the quickest and most efficient way to maintain, protect allow to continually grow a very thick and long tail to the point where I am still regularly trimming 1-2 inches off every couple of months.
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I need advice on caring for my mare's tail. She is buckskin so it is black but I want it to grow out thicker and longer. I am wondering if I should leave it down with conditioner/etc. or if I should braid it and put it in a sock or tail bag to protect it. She is also in a pasture with some barbed wire so I do not want her to hang it on anything and I was wondering if it would be better protected if I left it down or kept it up.

Also, does anyone have any mane/tail hair products that help keep their horse's hairs strong and makes their manes/tails thicker and longer?

Thanks everyone in advance!!
Main thing to remember is that NOTHING you do will make your horse grow thicker, longer, better hair than they are genetically enabled to grow.

Providing what nature has determined to be a healthy diet for your horse (low NSC, high fiber) will do about as much as you can realistically expect, but it won't alter what genetics has determined.

My two mares are cousins. They eat the same diet which is mix myself and is structured to give them what they need. Similar bloodlines, identical diets, their tails will drag the ground if I let it, but the older mares main grows past her neck and her forelock has been down to her nose if I let it, while the younger has a main that barely covers the full side of her neck and has a forelock that doesn't get much past her eyes at any time.
You can see for yourself (and sorry about the sideways photo...the site turned it and I have not been able to get horseforum to accept it in the proper alignment).

Same treatment. Same food. Whatever their genetics says is what you're going to have to live with. Coconut oil will keep the hair healthy and diet will give you the best growth you can hope for. Beyond that there's really nothing you can do (no matter what the snake oil salesmen tell you about whatever equine product they claim will give you what you want). Save your money.
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