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New to tail extensions so seeking advice.
First, where do you recommend buying a quality extension?
Second, which attachment method do you prefer?
For reference, it is for a Western Pleasure to be shown in Showmanship, Horsemanship, and Performance Trail.

Any other advice and recommendations are greatly appreciated! Thanks!
 

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I have the one w/ the ball on the top:

https://www.sstack.com/Horse-Care_Grooming_Tail-Extensions/Tail-Extensions-/

I bought the half pound weight. Alot of people like to go thicker. A friend of mine has the loop and another has the wrap. In my experience both the loop and the ball are the easiest to use. You just braid a piece and then tie it in. I always use rubberbands as well to ensure I got it in really good. The wrap does look really good but it's not as easy to do. The loop and the ball can be done by one person fairly quickly. The wrap takes a little more effort and 2 people makes it easier.
 

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I think braiding it in is the most secure and natural looking way to go. Be careful not to buy too much of a tail, it really looks fake when it moves if you do.
*Gasp!* An arab person talking tail extensions?! Oh the horrors! The shock! The drama! *Gasp!*
 

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*Gasp!* An arab person talking tail extensions?! Oh the horrors! The shock! The drama! *Gasp!*
LOL! I have yet to ever use a tail extension on any breed, but I have helped groom plenty of stock types that use them routinely. I've learned through trial and error whose tails I like and what I find is the best one for staying in. I've also only ever used custom made tails, never known anyone who had a 'store bought' tail, don't know if I'd like that or not. I don't even use tails on my QHs & Paints, got lucky they all have real nice tails. Probably not as thick as most people would like but I prefer natural anyhow.
 

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I'm excited because my baby horse is foundation and so I can go by the breed standard for "foundation" quarter horses" which is all-natural! And I don't even have to pull the mane!
 

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I'm excited because my baby horse is foundation and so I can go by the breed standard for "foundation" quarter horses" which is all-natural! And I don't even have to pull the mane!
After having to care for Ducati's excessive mane, I don't mind trimming or pulling a bit. I also won't ever have another horse without a bridle path. That mane and no bridle path drove me to freakin' distraction. There was just SO much of the stuff.
 

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New to tail extensions so seeking advice.
First, where do you recommend buying a quality extension?
Second, which attachment method do you prefer?
For reference, it is for a Western Pleasure to be shown in Showmanship, Horsemanship, and Performance Trail.

Any other advice and recommendations are greatly appreciated! Thanks!

I have purchased two tails from Custom Tails. She has been fantastic to work with. Both times I sent her pictures first, and she helped me figure out which color would be the best. The first time, she also advised me on what weight/length to go with. After ordering the first one, I felt a little more experienced on my second one.



If you are doing western events, I would suggest two loops on the extension. That's what I have. The single loop is usually for Hunters, because the top of the tail is braided.


Go on Youtube and watch a few videos on how to attach them. Key is to get them tight against the tail bone, and also NOT at the bottom of the tail bone (you'll have too much "swing" and it won't look natural). Also make sure you secure your braids well (and braid downward) because you do NOT want to be losing the tail while you are riding!


Here is Shotgun's tail I got for him this year.








And then Red's I got last year.


 

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Thanks everyone!

I am still hoping to get her natural tail longer/thicker before start of next show season otherwise, I can't imagine entering her without extensions. I know it shouldn't count against us, but... her tail currently falls right at her hock. Previous owner showed with extensions extensively... Does that cause any damage/stunted hair growth? In other words, am I fighting a losing battle and should just go on and invest in the extension?
 

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I am still hoping to get her natural tail longer/thicker before start of next show season otherwise, I can't imagine entering her without extensions. I know it shouldn't count against us, but... her tail currently falls right at her hock.

It takes a long time to grow hair. If it's currently at her hock, I would NOT expect you to have a show-ready tail by the spring.



Appearance does count and IS actually part of the scoring for showmanship. While you still need to have a good pattern, you will score better if your horse has a "full tail".


While it's not technically scored in the other events (horsemanship and trail), there is something to be said of first impressions and appearance. If there are two horses that performed about the same, the one that looks better will be the one that stands out to the judge. It's the honest truth.



Previous owner showed with extensions extensively... Does that cause any damage/stunted hair growth? In other words, am I fighting a losing battle and should just go on and invest in the extension?

No. Using a tail extension does not damage the tail. You only have the extension in the tail for the events, and then you take it out. And you do so carefully, so as not to damage any of the hairs. But you should be handling the tail carefully anyway, to always minimize breakage.



And some of it is just genetics. My grey will never have a thick tail. He just won't. He's a classic grey with a thin tail. :cool: My black horse (not pictured) has a gorgeous long thick tail to the ground. He doesn't even need an extension. And I do nothing different for him. But him, he actually has hairs growing on the backside of his tail dock. I've actually never seen that before. So that's why his tail is so amazing --- just lucky genetics. He's got extra hair!


So again, some of it just depends on the horse. Some are simply not blessed with good hair.
 

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I am still hoping to get her natural tail longer/thicker before start of next show season otherwise, I can't imagine entering her without extensions. I know it shouldn't count against us, but... her tail currently falls right at her hock.

It takes a long time to grow hair. If it's currently at her hock, I would NOT expect you to have a show-ready tail by the spring.



Appearance does count and IS actually part of the scoring for showmanship. While you still need to have a good pattern, you will score better if your horse has a "full tail".


While it's not technically scored in the other events (horsemanship and trail), there is something to be said of first impressions and appearance. If there are two horses that performed about the same, the one that looks better will be the one that stands out to the judge. It's the honest truth.



Previous owner showed with extensions extensively... Does that cause any damage/stunted hair growth? In other words, am I fighting a losing battle and should just go on and invest in the extension?

No. Using a tail extension does not damage the tail. You only have the extension in the tail for the events, and then you take it out. And you do so carefully, so as not to damage any of the hairs. But you should be handling the tail carefully anyway, to always minimize breakage.



And some of it is just genetics. My grey will never have a thick tail. He just won't. He's a classic grey with a thin tail. <img style="max-width:100%;" src="http://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/icon_cool.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Cool" class="inlineimg" /> My black horse (not pictured) has a gorgeous long thick tail to the ground. He doesn't even need an extension. And I do nothing different for him. But him, he actually has hairs growing on the backside of his tail dock. I've actually never seen that before. So that's why his tail is so amazing --- just lucky genetics. He's got extra hair!


So again, some of it just depends on the horse. Some are simply not blessed with good hair.
Is the blunt the trend now or traditional? Seems blunt is what I see the most of though to me tapered appears more natural.

What she has is thick and nice, just short, and you are right, I don't believe it will be long enough come Spring.

What was the turnaround time on your order ( once color was decided)?

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