I've heard no more than 2 weeks, because the hairs will start to break. I've also heard you can leave the tail bag on a month. What is the proper time limit? thanks, I just put a tail bag on my girl yesterday.
At the barn I use to work at we would put tails up end of november - beginning of december and leave them up for three or four months. Of course there were thirty or so horses there so it would have been a big pain to keep taking them down and putting them up again.
With one horse I guess it would be easier. I have heard some horror stories of people taking the tails out a couple months later to find all the hair had fallen out, but I have never seen this happen.
I've been putting mine up on Sundays, taking them down on Saturdays when I bring them in for the night, and then putting them up again the next morning. So far lovely results. I'm too chicken to leave them in longer than that.
I agree with you too JumpingTheMoon, after QHDragon told me about that horror story where all the hair fell out, I'm not leaving it in longer than what you do lol. I will be sure to let everyone know how it looks in a few weeks or so.
My horses have great tails. I dont use bags, for me its too much of a hassle, I never have needed them. I dont really know anyone who bags, except for stalling the nite before a show if the horse has a light tail. It seems like it would be very itchy to me, something like a cast.
I bag my mare's tail for several reasons. She yanked out a big chunk a while back so it's currently cut short. I wash her tail really well once a week, let it dry while she eats or I groom her, then I put in MTG, braid it up, and bag it. In a week, I'll repeat the process. I probably keep it out of the bag for about a week every two months. It's mostly bagged because the grease from the MTG gets on her butt, and then dirt sticks to it, and she ends up with a nasty, grime-covered rear when it's supposed to be white.
I dont think Id touch my horses tails unless they were really thin/ unhealthy. Its like having you hair in a pony tail or braid for weeks. Its likely to pull out hair, cause more damange and either dry it up (too much washing/ product) or make it too greasy (too much product, or even cause a build up of natural oils.)
riccil0ve- Yea I don't always wash her tail before I braid and and wrap it, but I do when it really needs it. Her tail got chewed off by the previous owners horse thats why I'm wrapping it, I want it nice and long and flowy lol her mane is finally getting longer too.
sillybunny- Thats the reason why when you braid it you make it loose because like you said, it will break the hairs if you braid it tight. And I think I would rahter have a build up of oils than not enough, but I do see your point.
I will leave Flicka's bag on for as long as it looks like it will stay in; her braids and bag stay in for about 3 weeks. It definitely does help protect the hair ends, and since I've gotten her, her tail has grown probably 2-3 inches. The babies get their tails and manes braided, and theirs have grown considerably since I got here too. Plus, with the wind we get, it sure saves on how much brushing and detangling I have to do!
When I bag Soda's tail I leave it in for a couple of weeks, take it off, un-braid, finger comb, re-braid, and re-bag. His tail was bagged basically non-stop from December to May last year and the year before. He has a very thick and long tail. Almost too long, pulled a good bit out this summer backing up, I actually cut it quite a bit shorter because of that. Now it's just above his fetlocks.
I haven't bagged his tail yet this year, but it'll probably be soon (when the semesters done I imagine). This year it'll come out more often as I will be riding more this winter.
If your bag lasts longer than two weeks, more power to ya. Mine never last more than that. Typically I leave it in for 2 weeks or less, depending, and then I let it down for a week. Then I put it back up and repeat the process.
I'm not sure I'd want to use a bag like that, to be honest; their tails could certainly get all matted up in that thing; part of the reason I braid is to keep their tails from twisting up, which reduces how much brushing I had to do to keep them lovely looking.
^ fair enough - though i've never seen a tail get tangled in a bag like that. They are pretty much the only bags used by english riders and hackies over here - So they do work and do keep stunning tails.