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    Default Silly Little Tail Strap Debate

    Debate between barn staff today about Amigo and Rhino tail straps. One says tail must be pulled through, the other says just done up.

    I always pull tails through, what do you do?


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    You mean leaving the tail UNDER the tail strap?

    I always put the strap under the tail - otherwise wouldn't the strap get in the way and cause the horse to poop on their tail? (and pee for mares?)

    Seems like they are usually fitted with the tail "out"
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    I agree with Apps. Always pull the tail through!


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    I ALWAYS pull the tail through, and almost everyone else I have ever worked around does not ( and looks at me like I have three heads when I ask them to do it). One good gust of wind and you have a sideways blanket.
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    If you don't, they poop on their tail.


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    Not even a debate! Tail out.
    "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all".


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    Oh, the shit strap? I take it off!
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    Tail over the strap - the tail strap replaces the leg straps and stabilizes the blanket.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BruBoy View Post
    Tail over the strap - the tail strap replaces the leg straps and stabilizes the blanket.
    This.


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    Over the strap. I can't imagine why someone would leave it under!


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    I can't see how you *could* leave it over even if you wanted to. My horses always get it under their tail within the first few mins of blanket-wearing.

    And yeah, it's definitely the poop strap around here!



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    This way they poop on the strap instead.

    Putting under the tail also keeps at out of the way of the naughty guys who grab it and rip it off.
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    Is everyone talking about the same strap? The Rhino Wug that I have has two straps: one that connects between the edges of the sides of the blanket, close to the hocks (that would be the one that I would call the "poop strap), and a small, elasticized band on the inside of the tail flap that I usually tuck the horse's trail through.
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    I put a small snap on the side of the horse where the blanket buckles and connect it that way. No fussing with the tail. The strap goes under the tail to stabilize the blanket, as already mentioned. If you don't do that, the blanket can flip up over the back on windy days.



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    I agree that the strap should be under the tail, but the horse will take care of that if you don't do it. I replace the strap with baling twine so it doesn't matter it if gets dirty, and with mares means less to splatter onto their hind legs.



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    I buy the plastic coated straps that are easy to wipe clean and/or remove if gross enough to need more than a wipe with a paper towel. Don't know why they don't just come with these?

    And yeah, tail over the strap. Why would anyone not do this? Seems rather "duh" to me.



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    I also do strap under tail.

    And with my Amigo Mio rainsheets, I had to make that strap longer for my horses with the BIG rump. Strap did not extend far enough that blanket wasn't rubbing his hips. I added some length, 15"? or so with another piece of strapping and strap was just right. Rainsheet was on nicely, no pulling fabric by the strap all the time, stayed in place on the horses in the wind.

    I don't find the strap poopy or wet very often, so isn't much of an issue for me with the covered horse, even mares.



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    Strap has to go under the tail to prevent the wind from blowing the back of the blanket up. If the tail flap has an elastic band in it I sometimes bother to pull the tail through, sometimes not

    Small gripe, Horseware: Don't make tail straps that can't be undone! I bought a couple of Amigo T/O sheets last year and didn't realize that the tails straps were fixed. I prefer to undo the hardware at the back of the blanket and the surcingles and lift the closed-front blanket off over the horse's head. If you want to do that with a fixed fillet string you have to wrestle the gross poop-covered strap over their tail and drag it across the top of the blanket, or undo the front of the blanket and slide the blanket off the back of the horse. The sheets were on sale for $100 which is pretty cheap for a decent T/O, but they couldn't spring the 50 cents for a snap?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiliath View Post
    Oh, the shit strap? I take it off!
    I with Twiliath on this one. I buy blankets that have the elastic straps that go between the legs. Had a horse get the "Poop strap" caught on a bucket and rip off the blanket.

    I remove them as long as you have the elastic straps that go between the legs.
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