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JAGold
Jul. 1, 2002, 01:36 PM
[Originally posted in the Eventing forum.]

How is it that Robby got the front end and literally left me with the horse's ass?!

Anyways, at his request, here are my thoughts on tails. Basically, I like to see them either pulled or braided at shows -- and I'd really rather see pulled, because unless you are going to go European and braid for all three phases, the unpulled tail will make an appearance at some point during the event!

You do have choices, though. For those horses who won't tolerate pulling (or owners who can't bring themselves to torture their beasts), you can clip the tail -- be sure not to do it with a surgical blade! -- or use scissors, which I actually think turns out nicer, because it is easier to find the right line with scissors than clippers.

If you are going to go the old fashioned way and pull, though, I first suggest that you find a wooden stall door to provide a barrier. Have someone hold your horse with his/her butt against the closed door, and put the tail over the top. You can pull from outside the door, safe from hooves. If such an arangement isn't available, you can use breeding stocks (may be even harder to find!) or just plain cautiousness. Stand to the side!

Before pulling, wash the tail! Get it really clean (I use Listerine in the rinse if the horse has been rubbing his tail -- it gets out all the itchies) and use warm water to open the pores so that the hairs come out a bit easier. Let the tail dry a bit and comb it out, but don't spray on Showsheen, because you won't be able to get a grip on the hairs.

Your goal isn't to make the horse bald behind. You want to pull hairs from the side of the dock from the base of the tail to the tip of the buttocks. It's usually a distance of 6-8 inches long, and you are pulling only on the sides!! The tail should lay neatly between the horse's hindquarters when you are finished. Start pulling from the top, taking just a few hairs at a time. I pull a few from one side, then a few from the other. Helps to keep things even and to give the horse a breather. You can use pliers to pull, but I really prefer my fingers. If you do use pliers, make sure that you still only pull a few hairs at once. It HURTS otherwise (come on, I know you've done your brows...). Pliers are convenient for tidying up or for pulling tails that have previously been clipped.

I would much rather pull a few hairs every day, starting in the off season, than attack a whole tail at once. Easier on horse and groom. Also, though I'm a turnout freak, I really don't mind the look of a neatly clipped or scissored tail. You'll notice that a lot of the top three-day riders' horses are done that way, because it's much easier to do and maintain. If you use scissors, use SHARP ones, and make sure to trim the stubble level, about a quarter of an inch long. When it gets longer than a half-inch, time to trim again.

Also, bang the tail below the horse's hocks. Have someone hold the tail the way the horse naturally carries it, then run his/her hands down to the bottom, palms together, pointing forward. This holds the hairs together. At the point just above where the tail begins to get thin and stringy, cut a straight, parallel to the ground line. Don't cut or pull too much -- you can always go back and touch up, but gluing it back on doesn't work well!

Regardless of how you tame the tail, use a tail wrap immediately after, and then as a part of your grooming routine at shows. Regular Ace bandages make the best tail wraps -- start at the top, and wrap to the bottom of the dock. Be very careful about wetting the wrap -- it will constrict as it drys and can become too tight. Instead, brush the TAIL with a wet brush to get everything laying right, then wrap with a dry wrap. Don't leave it on for more time than a good grooming and warm-up ride, never overnight.

I'm open to other suggestions -- what are your tricks? --Jess

[This message was edited by JAGold on Jul. 02, 2002 at 01:06 PM.]

[This message was edited by Erin on Oct. 10, 2002 at 02:29 PM.]

JAGold
Jul. 1, 2002, 01:36 PM
[Originally posted in the Eventing forum.]

How is it that Robby got the front end and literally left me with the horse's ass?!

Anyways, at his request, here are my thoughts on tails. Basically, I like to see them either pulled or braided at shows -- and I'd really rather see pulled, because unless you are going to go European and braid for all three phases, the unpulled tail will make an appearance at some point during the event!

You do have choices, though. For those horses who won't tolerate pulling (or owners who can't bring themselves to torture their beasts), you can clip the tail -- be sure not to do it with a surgical blade! -- or use scissors, which I actually think turns out nicer, because it is easier to find the right line with scissors than clippers.

If you are going to go the old fashioned way and pull, though, I first suggest that you find a wooden stall door to provide a barrier. Have someone hold your horse with his/her butt against the closed door, and put the tail over the top. You can pull from outside the door, safe from hooves. If such an arangement isn't available, you can use breeding stocks (may be even harder to find!) or just plain cautiousness. Stand to the side!

Before pulling, wash the tail! Get it really clean (I use Listerine in the rinse if the horse has been rubbing his tail -- it gets out all the itchies) and use warm water to open the pores so that the hairs come out a bit easier. Let the tail dry a bit and comb it out, but don't spray on Showsheen, because you won't be able to get a grip on the hairs.

Your goal isn't to make the horse bald behind. You want to pull hairs from the side of the dock from the base of the tail to the tip of the buttocks. It's usually a distance of 6-8 inches long, and you are pulling only on the sides!! The tail should lay neatly between the horse's hindquarters when you are finished. Start pulling from the top, taking just a few hairs at a time. I pull a few from one side, then a few from the other. Helps to keep things even and to give the horse a breather. You can use pliers to pull, but I really prefer my fingers. If you do use pliers, make sure that you still only pull a few hairs at once. It HURTS otherwise (come on, I know you've done your brows...). Pliers are convenient for tidying up or for pulling tails that have previously been clipped.

I would much rather pull a few hairs every day, starting in the off season, than attack a whole tail at once. Easier on horse and groom. Also, though I'm a turnout freak, I really don't mind the look of a neatly clipped or scissored tail. You'll notice that a lot of the top three-day riders' horses are done that way, because it's much easier to do and maintain. If you use scissors, use SHARP ones, and make sure to trim the stubble level, about a quarter of an inch long. When it gets longer than a half-inch, time to trim again.

Also, bang the tail below the horse's hocks. Have someone hold the tail the way the horse naturally carries it, then run his/her hands down to the bottom, palms together, pointing forward. This holds the hairs together. At the point just above where the tail begins to get thin and stringy, cut a straight, parallel to the ground line. Don't cut or pull too much -- you can always go back and touch up, but gluing it back on doesn't work well!

Regardless of how you tame the tail, use a tail wrap immediately after, and then as a part of your grooming routine at shows. Regular Ace bandages make the best tail wraps -- start at the top, and wrap to the bottom of the dock. Be very careful about wetting the wrap -- it will constrict as it drys and can become too tight. Instead, brush the TAIL with a wet brush to get everything laying right, then wrap with a dry wrap. Don't leave it on for more time than a good grooming and warm-up ride, never overnight.

I'm open to other suggestions -- what are your tricks? --Jess

[This message was edited by JAGold on Jul. 02, 2002 at 01:06 PM.]

[This message was edited by Erin on Oct. 10, 2002 at 02:29 PM.]

Bensmom
Jul. 1, 2002, 01:50 PM
The only time I've really pulled, I did leave bald spots. Ugh, not attractive! Ben loves to have his tail done (weird horse /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif ) so I can pull and tug on it as much as my little heart desires. What I use is one of the fold over combs that has a sharp edge -- sort of a comb with a bite? They are about five bucks at Jeffer's. I use this to sort of "strip" the hair at the top of the tail. I've also used it when the mane is thin enough, but too long -- it can shorten without leaving the pageboy effect.

On a red bay, does anyone else have a problem with the top of the tail appearing sunburnt, or just plain brown where his body meets his tail? Because those hairs are the ones on top, and they don't blend in, even when wet down and combed over, I usually have to shorten the top as well. The event groom's handbook says to never touch the top, and so does my trainer, (who used to work with the author of above book) but when I showed her what I meant with the different colored hair, she agreed that he looked better with a neat short "V" of brown hair at the top of his black.

I dye his tail periodically because he has to be turned out in the daylight even in the summer and it makes the black tail hair appear reddish throughout when bleached. So, he has his own Miss Clairol /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Very manly /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

The throuroughbrat will be getting scissors, however, as I couldn't do his even while he was sedated and in the stocks at the clinic. /infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Libby

Gry2Yng
Jul. 1, 2002, 03:55 PM
My favorite technique for pulling manes or tails is to put on disposable latex gloves. They give extra grip and keep you from tearing up you fingers. /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

BarbB
Jul. 1, 2002, 11:17 PM
my horse has a great tail, thick and shiny and long - a little draft blood maybe? /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
I bang it and it looks great - but it needs to be trimmed at the top.
I am in a hunter barn and NOBODY does this to a hunter, the eventers here are converted hunters and can't bring themselves to do this either.
I don't have anyone to help me....my horse would look so nice with his tail trimmed.
I am scared to death to touch it.
Somebody tell me exactly how to start, where, how much etc etc. I can use scissors or clippers - I'm just scared of that first attempt.
Help?????

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BarbB
Jul. 1, 2002, 11:30 PM
the tail in question...
is on the right....

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Sannois
Jul. 2, 2002, 05:35 AM
I'm terrified to do his tail, although its banged to a lovely length. He has a very thick tail at the top, and I cant use clippers, he HATES them, too old to fight about it. And he has a coon tail, Hereditary. So I would try the scissor thing, but I have no clue as to how much to trim, Just so it lays neatly in his butt??? See no clue! /infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

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FairWeather
Jul. 2, 2002, 05:54 AM
Jess--I cant even read the post. Waves of nausea and tremors have taken over my body.

PLECH! no pulling tail hairs out for me!!!
But I bet your synopsis is good /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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GotSpots
Jul. 2, 2002, 07:31 AM
I love Gry's suggestion -- tried it this morning and wow, what a difference it makes in pulling.

Also, just a pet peeve of mine, but make sure you are only pulling (or clipping) hair from the sides. I hate the look of a tail when someone has attacked the center of it -- it looks like the horse backed into a lawnmower.

Robby Johnson
Jul. 2, 2002, 07:37 AM
I always did Willow's tail with clippers. Pulling wasn't an option.

The thing with clippers, is that you want to do the tail 2 weeks out from a show, as it will have grown in enough to look more pulled.

I like the tail to be done pretty dramatically (like Genny Leng's Priceless always looked galloping), so I clip down the sides about 10".

You want to part the tail down the middle, then holding the tail with your opposite hand, with thumb atop tail, come down the side then, toward the bottom, you clip a small 1/2 moon shape back toward the horse. You want to clip the hairs mostly from underneath, not from the top.

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Pixie Dust
Jul. 2, 2002, 08:02 AM
Aaah, I'm another old hunter convert who has taken a while to get used to the pulled tails. (What did it take; 15 years?) I clipped Hektor's tail with scissors and liked how it turned out, but I was so scared of messing it up, so I don't think I clipped enough. Can anyone post a picture of a freshly clipped/pulled tail?

OH, I would never actually pull poor Hektor's tail hairs; he would never forgive me. He also loves to have me play with his tail, but to pull the hairs out.....I think he'd lose his trust in me!! /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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Erin
Jul. 2, 2002, 08:31 AM
Ditto the request for a well-done tail picture... Chief's tail could probably use this treatment. It's the typical wispy TB tail, but it's very unkept-looking at the top... shorter hairs sticking out everywhere and looking rather bushy. /infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

I usually like the look of the pulled tail, but I have to admit, I've never really studied how they look up close, and I'm a little bit scared to just start snipping away! /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

JAGold
Jul. 2, 2002, 08:32 AM
I'll try to find a tail picture. If worse comes to worse, I could always take one this weekend /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif --Jess

JAGold
Jul. 2, 2002, 09:01 AM
Here are a couple of pictures. These come from USEventhorse.

JAGold
Jul. 2, 2002, 09:02 AM
Another pulled tail in action.

JAGold
Jul. 2, 2002, 09:03 AM
And a third.

Pixie Dust
Jul. 2, 2002, 09:07 AM
OH.....heheeeee....I can see I hardly clipped anything at all! I'll clip some more for his starter trials on July 14.

Should I braid? It's only a starter trials....I usually like to braid even for that, but the heat makes me lazy..... /infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif I don't think I will.

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JAGold
Jul. 2, 2002, 09:08 AM
Also, a bunch of the photos Lindsay took at Rolex show pulled tails. I'll post links to some:

Pulled tail at Rolex 1 (http://chronofhorse.infopop.net/2/OpenTopic/s/691099205/a/ga/ul/8463009715/rolex069.jpg)
Pulled tail at Rolex 2 (http://chronofhorse.infopop.net/2/OpenTopic/s/691099205/a/ga/ul/8863009715/rolex081.jpg)
Rather dramatically pulled tail at Rolex -- I don't usually pull quite this much, but it is an option. (http://chronofhorse.infopop.net/2/OpenTopic/s/691099205/a/ga/ul/7823039715/rolex406.jpg)
Isn't this a gorgeous tail? Nice horse, too! (http://chronofhorse.infopop.net/2/OpenTopic/s/691099205/a/ga/ul/1643039715/rolex211.jpg)
Last example from Rolex (http://chronofhorse.infopop.net/2/OpenTopic/s/691099205/a/ga/ul/3863079715/rolex423.jpg)

The tails may be a bit harder to see in these action shots, but notice that when the horses carry their tails, there aren't messy, short hairs hanging down from the dock of the tail to the horse's butt. Only a nice flowing tail trailing behind. --Jess

AllyCat
Jul. 2, 2002, 09:34 AM
I too had a hard time pulling all that way. What I really didn't like about unkempt tails was the broom bristle look at the top of the dock.

My solution was to only clip the sides down JUST enough to get rid of the hairs that stick sideways. It's not as clipped as the pictures posted, but I think it finds a happy medium between the two extremes. I still wrap with an Ace bandage and some quickbraid just before I start to warm-up and then remove the Ace bandage when I'm ready to compete.

BarbB
Jul. 2, 2002, 06:00 PM
ok, so if I understand this - I part the hair and pull it over to the side. Then I am trimming the hair on the side of the dock very short - like to the skin, and at the same time I am shortening the hair on top so it can't stick out to the side?

sound right? I am going to go and try this....I can't horrify my trainer any more than I already did by banging the tail.

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Robby Johnson
Jul. 2, 2002, 06:22 PM
You want the center of the tail (the untrimmed part) to remain long.

Some people say to hold the tail out, and any short pieces that fall down are the ones to pull/clip.

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BarbB
Jul. 2, 2002, 06:27 PM
on my way to the barn.......if he ends up looking like a poodle you will hear me screaming all the way from Denver. /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

thanks.......... /infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif .....I think

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Holst
Jul. 2, 2002, 06:53 PM
I'm a bit of a lurker, but I have a problem with Maddie's tail! The barn she was at before I got her shaved her tail, but I want to grow it out to braid it, and right now it's in an awful in-between stage. The bottom part of her tail is lovely and full, but about where her dock starts there are all these short hairs sticking straight out to the side and make her tail look like a bit of a tree (it's horrid!). Is there anything I can do to help those hairs grow out, or do I just have to grin and bear it until they're long enough to incorporate into a braid. I'm tempted to just pull/trim it again but I also do hunters so I'd love to be able to braid it. HELP!

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Poombadesign
Jul. 2, 2002, 09:35 PM
Here is the only decent picture example I can find. I don't think I pull as far down the dock as most eventers do, and I think I keep it thicker where I do pull. And I prefer to PULL the tail rather than cut or clip. This time last year, I refused to trim my horses tails at all, just let them be natural, but the person who was leasing this horse had banged it and not pulled it, so I decided to just finish it off. I only took a little bit off, but the more I did, the more I liked it. I think horses look georgeous with pulled and banged tails...the two go together very nicely.

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Bensmom
Jul. 2, 2002, 09:59 PM
Ok, so this tail doesn't look quite right because:

a) it isn't pulled down far enough

b) isn't pulled short enough at the top

c) should never have had the hairs on top of the tail touched, (but the totally different colored hair looked *really bad*)

d) is dirty and ick, this horse appears to have just been brought in from the pasture!! (d is definitely true!!)

Thoughts?

(note: I especially like the touch of the horsey husband, in the background, loading shavings into the Thoroughbrat's stall /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif )

[This message was edited by Bensmom on Jul. 03, 2002 at 12:10 AM.]

Bensmom
Jul. 2, 2002, 10:03 PM
And the second pic, if it will load. /infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Robby Johnson
Jul. 3, 2002, 06:19 AM
your tail looks great!

I'm about to head out of town and won't be back until Monday night. BarbB, I hope you survived last night, and that your tail turned out nice!

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Pixie Dust
Jul. 3, 2002, 08:40 AM
Yeah Poompa, nice tail! I will do some snipping this weekend and post some pictures on Monday and you can tell me if I'm on the right track (hopefully I won't snip to the point of no return) /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

I'm thinking that pulled does look better than clipped.

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JAGold
Jul. 3, 2002, 08:47 AM
Bensmom, that horse has a gorgeous tail! So thick and long. I agree that the sides need to be pulled a little shorter and a little further down. Also, I NEVER pull anything from the center, no matter what color the hairs are. (If they really bother you, use a bit of hair dye to cover up the bleached-out look). I made a very primative attempt to draw in the lines I'd pull along, and circled the offending portion at the top center.

By the way, for a horse just in from the pasture, he's awfully clean! --Jess

Pixie Dust
Jul. 3, 2002, 09:37 AM
OH, Jess, now that really helped. I think it's clicking now!!!
Thanks!

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Bensmom
Jul. 3, 2002, 09:52 AM
What a cool tool!! I'll print this redone pic at home and take it to the barn and go to fixing it.

I've tried the hair dye -- in fact, I usually dye his whole tail every two months or so when we are showing, since he has to stay on day turnout year round and it turns red from sun damage. I'd rather dye it periodically than bag it. What happens with the dye at the top is that it makes it look obviously dyed. The hairs that are dramatically different colors are actually a continuation of his hair coat color, rather than bleached. Buzzy is a bay as well, and his tail doesn't have this and come to think of it, I've noticed that most bay horses tails are just simply black from where they leave the body. His looks really funny if I use the hair dye to change it there too.

We won't event until the fall, so I may just leave it alone at the top, pull the sides and see where we end up by our first event.

And thanks for the compliments on his tail! When I first got him, he'd been in a wire fence for long enough to have pulled a lot of it out, and then, some kids from nearby one of our barns came into the pasture and cut two great big hunks of it off. /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif You could tell it had been cut with scissors, and at two different lengths. I was so bummed. But, there is an event horse here in town that is a warmblood x and he has the most gorgeous tail I've ever seen on a horse. I told my trainer that someday Ben would have a tail like Figgy's.

That was a couple of years ago, and she laughed at me. Now she says that we're almost there /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif His will never be that full -- genetics have a lot to do with it after all! -- but care and good nutrition have really helped.

And, to be perfectly honest, he had been brushed in this picture, but his tail had not been touched -- I don't brush it when it is dirty, as I find that it breaks the most then, so it stays like this until we have to appear in public and then it gets washed, conditioned, detangled and brushed out. /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Thanks for the help!!

Libby (who really does want to grow up to be a good groom!)

Gry2Yng
Jul. 3, 2002, 12:19 PM
did you pull or clip? His tail looks similar to what happens when you have a horse with a GREAT thick tail and try to make the appearance of a pulled tail with clippers. It gets bushy. With a thin tail you might be able to get away with clippers, but if you can't pull, I would go with scissors on a really thick tail.

The thing that makes pulling look so nice is that if you have a gorgeous tail(which you do) you can get that really nice "broomstick" effect. Sleek at the top and FULL FULL FULL at the bottom, because you have taken out the thickness at the top.

Also, a tail bandage is key. It keeps all the hairs laying the way they should. I throw one in a water bucket when I start grooming, wet the tail and put it on while I ride. Just enough time to train the hair. (And of course be careful not to wrap the bandage too tight.)

Here's a pic of Edgar's tail. His is really thick and if I only pull about 20 hairs from each side, he doesn't mind. Also, I will put some astringent on when I am finished and then some moisturizer before I put him away for the night. (Keeps him from itching.)

Camstock
Jul. 3, 2002, 12:20 PM
Thank you guys for sharing your tail wisdom! If you would, could you please advise if I should go lower with this trim job at the top of his tail? Looking at it now after all you've said, I'm thinking I could go lower yet.

It is hard to believe that I have such a pleasant personality, even with that tree growing out of my back... /infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Gry2Yng
Jul. 3, 2002, 12:23 PM
Now I feel like I should go spend some time on his tail. Not pulled quite this far down right now.

Janeway
Jul. 3, 2002, 12:42 PM
Lovely horse Grey2yng! The tail looks beautiful; as Robby mentioned above, I can picture that tail flying out behind your guy the way Priceless' used to xcountry /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I admit to having a big beautiful tail complex, as my old guy was practically bald. I always notice other horses tails as a result. Odd, I know /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

drifting cloud
Jul. 3, 2002, 01:06 PM
Do you guys think pulling/clipping only looks good on tails that are long & thick & gorgeous? What if your horse has a tail that is thin or kinda short?

Before my horse was injured, I only combed his tail for shows. He wasn't blessed with a gorgeous, long, thick tail so I didn't think I should try to draw attention to it by pulling or clipping the top.

Comments, anyone? /infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

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Camstock
Jul. 3, 2002, 02:14 PM
good question Drifting Cloud! I have a related one for the gurus: What about those horses of the seriously plump-a$$ed persuasion? Maybe not recommended?

JAGold
Jul. 3, 2002, 02:19 PM
I like pulled tails even for horses with skimpy tails or big butts. I just don't think having long stringy hairs hanging down from the dock improves the appearance of ANY tail. For thin tails, it's important to bang them above the point where they get really scrawny. The only time I've deliberately left a tail unpulled was on a mare who kicked dangerously. Even though we could have drugged her and used scissors, we would have had to use drugs every time we needed to touch up the tail, and it wasn't worthwhile! --Jess

GotSpots
Jul. 3, 2002, 02:57 PM
I will bang a tail shorter if it is particularly scrawny looking -- on the right horse, banging it just below the hocks can look stunning and polished. Also, even if your horse's tail or arse isn't the greatest, pulling it and putting some care into it will, IMHO make it look better than if it's just hanging back and kind of neglected looking.

(I'm not saying anyone's tail is neglected looking, just a general statement. Heck, the Spotted One's tail is _green_ right now).

And Edgar's tail is one of the most gorgeous fly-swatting appendages I've ever seen. Worth seeing at a medium trot to fully appreciate.

Erin
Jul. 3, 2002, 03:14 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Holst:
Is there anything I can do to help those hairs grow out, or do I just have to grin and bear it until they're long enough to incorporate into a braid. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Holst, you might check the Horse Care forum... someone there has posted a thread about getting a tail to grow that might be useful.

xcjumper
Jul. 3, 2002, 03:49 PM
I just bought my horse from NZ and he HAD the nicest pulled and banged tail. No it's all gone to s#*t! I've tried to pull it where it looks like they did but it doesnt look right. You said earlier not to pull the center. Do you mean just the center at the top or all the way down where you are pulling? If I don't pull the center of it, it sticks out in all these crazy angles. So, I've been pulling the sides real short and pulling the center just enough that it will lie flat. Any Ideas? /infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

JAGold
Jul. 5, 2002, 07:27 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by xcjumper:
I just bought my horse from NZ and he HAD the nicest pulled and banged tail. No it's all gone to s#*t! I've tried to pull it where it looks like they did but it doesnt look right. You said earlier not to pull the center. Do you mean just the center at the top or all the way down where you are pulling? If I don't pull the center of it, it sticks out in all these crazy angles. So, I've been pulling the sides real short and pulling the center just enough that it will lie flat. Any Ideas? /infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

You definately don't want to pull hairs out of the center of the top of the tail! If they won't lie flat, brush them with a wet brush or sponge, and then put a tail bandage on to flatten them. Only pull hairs from the sides of the dock. If the hairs in the center are sticking out at wierd angles, have you considered that your horse may be rubbing his tail because something itches? If that's the problem, wash the tail, rinse very carefully to remove any soap, and then rinse once more with a bit of listerine in the water. --Jess

Gry2Yng
Jul. 6, 2002, 09:47 AM
Camstock, hard to tell from the sil, but it looks like your horse has a Beauteous tail and IMHO, pull lower and you will have that PERFECT **** look.

xcjumper, pulling and banging definitely makes a thin tail look better. At the very least it is neat, instead of scraggly and thin.