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post #1 of 7 Old 08-10-2015, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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How to make a tail voluminous?

What are some tricks that you guys used to make a tail thicker? Thanks in advance:)
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Honestly it's just genetics- if your horse has a thin, whispy tail then that's more or less just the end of the conversation. Now if you want to know how to grow a tail out length wise, I can help you there (to a certain degree)
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Honestly it's just genetics- if your horse has a thin, whispy tail then that's more or less just the end of the conversation. Now if you want to know how to grow a tail out length wise, I can help you there (to a certain degree)
If you can help me with that I would be very thankful!
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It's late right now but I will give you a guide with photos and everything tomorrow :)
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What are some tricks that you guys used to make a tail thicker? Thanks in advance:)

Bedhead already gave you the main thing. There's nothing you can do about that. This sort of question comes up regularly. You can select a breed that is known for growing the kind of hair you want, but even that is not a sure thing.

You can look at the following link (a different thread, similar question) for more detail I gave on horses hair: https://www.horseforum.com/horse-groo...9/#post7327018

The main thing to take from my post there:

** "1. The horse's diet. For diet the best you can do is give them a optimum healthy diet with proper amounts and ratios (ratio is important) of minerals, amino acids and vitamins (remove all grain or any type from the diet. Grain has never been a natural part of a horses diet and is not good for their hind gut).

2. How you treat the hair. You can spend too much money (in this case any is too much) on things like MTG and just be poorer for the effort. There are things better for the horse's hair and less expensive. I use coconut oil. It's better for the hair, doesn't have to be rinsed out, just as good for detangling, cost much less, available at any grocery store and smells a LOT nicer . Take the time to work out tangles with the hair oiled using your finger. That can cut down on damage and it detangles pretty easily.

3. (the one thing that make the most difference and you have no control over) Genetics is the number 1 item determining what your horse will have for main/tail/forelock. How fast, thick or long it will grow is determined by genetics. I don't baby my horse's tails and I have to trim it up because they'll step on it after few months of growth. It picks up limbs and drags them when we're bushwhacking." **

Item 2 can help you get it longer (up to a point), but that's only by reducing the amount that gets pulled out or broken. Thus maximizing whatever growth, at whatever speed, that horse's genetics allows (which can be pretty slow with some horses).

They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)
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Coconut oil and tail bagging got my mare's short tail to grow. if you look at the repairing damaged hair thread you can see pics i posted.

Your best bet is to give the best nutrition you can. i feed safe choice products(proformance and senior) they are not hot sugary feeds, that have probiotics, omega fatty acids (needed for healthy coats) and enzymes to help digest food better. I also give a Magnesium supplement.

that being said i second everyone else. its all genetics, but the above gives your horse the best chance at getting a little more out of the hair growth.
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Honestly, there really isn't any way to make it thicker. My horse has an EXTREMELY thick tail, WAY to much for me. It was great at first, but now it takes me a good 30 minutes to an hour to brush it out when I take it out of a braid. Same with his mane, its down to his knees and a thick and frizzy mess. It's pretty to look at, but behind the scenes I've thought about cutting it many times!

As far as growing it out, coconut oil, special shampoos, and tail bags will all help with that. Also, never let it drag the ground. Cut it at/just above their fetlock, especially if they are turned out regularly or a show horse. I do it with my reiners so they don't step on their tail and rip it out when backing up. If their turned out, it could easily get tangled in a bush and ripped out, which would make it even less thick, obviously.
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