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We are looking to purchase a good been there done that horse for my 9 year old daughter and have found one we love. He handles like a dream, no bad habits, etc. He is a gorgeous horse also but for some reason his tail is cut off. The person says their grandkids cut it off. My question is, how long does it take for horses main and tail to grow back? Is there anything I can do to help nourish it to speed up growth.it is visibly unappealing but the main concern is the area we live in is fly haven and I am wondering about it being able to swat flies.
 

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A horse's mane/tail shouldn't take that long to grow in... However, it isn't going to be a couple months and you have a thick long tail... More like 6mo-1 year if properly taken care of. For flies I would just invest in a fly blanket, it won't protect everywhere but it will certainly help. I would just feed him a good diet and braid/wrap his tail if you want to encourage it as much as possible.
 

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You could put the tail up (youtube it), you basically braid it then vet wrap it, definitely helps! And you can add twine as needed for a fly swatter. I'm dealing with a chewed off tail so I know the feeling.
 

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I know how ya feel.... i banged my horse's tail and i was so unhappy with how it turned out. im hoping it will grow out looking naturally and get long again by summer. I will never do that again! it takes away from his beauty and im so mad. But i would braid it and wrap it. make sure it doesnt get too tangled either
 

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If you're really concerned about flies I would invest in a good fly spray, maybe a fly sheet, and wrap his tail and either buy a bag with the extra strips of material or attach twine to swat flies.
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If the tail is almost at the dock it will take about 18 mos to regrow a long (almost to the heels) tail. It is best to not brush it but finger pick it so as not to break off whatever is growing. The tail should reach the hocks at around 10-12 mos. We watched the growth after dogs had chewed a horse's tail quite short before purchase.
 

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We cut a big matte out of one of our mares tails (above the hocks) and it's still not quite full length after 2 years.
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When my gelding was a baby he chewed off his dams tail all the way to the dock.(I tried to stop him and nothing I tried worked) it took my mare 3 years for it to grow back to the long length of dragging the ground again. I had wrapped it and brushed it as often as I could.
 

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I have a Belgian with a docked tail :)-(). That's how she came to me.

I don't know if she'll ever have a long tail, but I have noticed that when I put it up in a braid (what little bit she has!) & rub lots of conditioner into it, it seems to grow faster.

I don't like to do it in the summer b/c she needs her little fly-swatter
 

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How long will greatly depend on the horse. They are like people in that respect, some of them grow hair fast and others grow hair slow.

I, like PHM, cut a mat out of a horse's tail (entire tail was cut well above hock level) and it still hadn't grown completely out when I sold him 2 years later.
 

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I read somewhere else on this forum that if you can get your horse to drink apple cider vinegar every day, flies won't like the taste of his blood and will leave him alone. Probably not all of them but more than without.
 

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MY concern would also be with the tail Bone... As well as what else they have let thier grand kids do unsupervised around the horse .... Very strange...
As far as flies go if there really bad I would advise just purchasing a fly sheet anyway so there not driving horse mad all day ...
Goodluck hope it all works out great for you.
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If the tail is just cut short I'd give it about 2 years. My horse fell asleep w/ his tail in a bucket a few years ago, the bucket froze and he ripped a bunch of his tail out. I think it took about 2 years to grow back.
 

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I have a Belgian with a docked tail :)-(). That's how she came to me.

I don't know if she'll ever have a long tail, but I have noticed that when I put it up in a braid (what little bit she has!) & rub lots of conditioner into it, it seems to grow faster.

I don't like to do it in the summer b/c she needs her little fly-swatter
does your mares tail look like this?
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Belgian typically get their tails docked, meaning part of the bone has been cute away. your horse will never have a long flowing tail. They do this so it doesn't get tangled in the harness.
 
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