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post #1 of 7 Old 06-28-2020, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Trimming pony's tail

So I'm not an expert on horse grooming or anything, I just know the basic stuff like "use the hard bristle brush for the dirt and loose mud, soft bristle brush for any remaining dirt or hair, pick out hooves, etc" But one of our ponies, Bunny, has a kind of long tail that sorta drags on the ground and I think it needs to be cut. How should I do that? Just take the scissors and cut straight across? It's not like she's a major show pony or anything, just a companion for Hershey, so it doesn't need to be too fancy. I'll try to get a picture of it tomorrow. Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-28-2020, 09:24 PM
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Go straight across an inch or two longer than you want, then snip vertically to get a more natural look, if desired.
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-28-2020, 09:37 PM
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I cut straight across...
Brush out all knots and snarls from the tail...
Slide your hand down the tail till you are at the fetlock joint...
I cut just below that joint so the tail is long and able to do its job of shushing flies away best.
The tail though will now be about 2" + above the ground and not be stepped on.
You might need to do a trim more often but nature intended horses to have a long tail for natural fly protection and to show the animals attitude in how they use that tail....
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-28-2020, 10:52 PM
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My horses tail has good inch of it that drags on the ground. I just keep it conditioned an combed out. Haven't touched it with scissors. He's never stepped on it.

Only thing I trim is a bridle path, nothing else gets cut or trimmed. If his mane wasn't so darn thick I wouldn't even have a bridle path. All natural is the way to leave them.
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-29-2020, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! I'll be sure to try it out and get pictures afterward.
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-29-2020, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I just trimmed her tail and in my opinion it looks much better! Unfortunately I forgot to get a before photo... But I did get an after photo 😄
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-30-2020, 03:14 PM
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I've trimmed with scissors to neaten it up. Should be fine!

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