So, tomorrow my mare is getting a bath in preparation for a Fun Show that's taking place Saturday morning. It's not a big fancy show at all, so I really don't want to get there at 6am to give her a bath the morning of or anything.
The problem is, she gets the dock of her tail dirty REALLY fast, specifically the underside gets.. well.. a bit of manure "grime" in it. Gross, I know. I think it's mostly because she has so much hair at the top of her tail, it's very bushy.
I was wondering if there was any way to keep her dock clean overnight, so I can keep it clean between her bath tomorrow afternoon, and the show Saturday morning? She lives outside 24/7, with a fly sheet that covers the top of her tail.
I considered wrapping it, but am afraid that I'll somehow wrap it too tight, or if not too tight, then too loosely and it'll simply come off. I almost was thinking of perhaps cutting off a section of the leg of a pair of pantyhose and using that little "tube" around her dock, so it could still breathe and stuff but stay basically clean.. but I'm sure there's error to that idea as well.
COTHers, any ideas? Worse comes to worst, I'll just Miracle Groom the bejeezus out of the dirty hair the morning of the show, but I'd rather just keep it clean from the get-go if possible!
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Char had a good idea. Tail wraps are pretty easy to apply, as long as you don't try to wrap them tightly and use even pressure I'm sure you'll do fine. It's best to use a few small peices of tail hair to keep the wrap on at the top - I'd suggest you still try that with the vet wrap idea.
Really if you clean & apply a good detangler, that is going to help to keep lots of the dirt off.
GL with the wash rack - make sure you check for horse eating monsters!!