I would apply MTG every couple of days, braid it down, wrap with vet wrap, and sometimes wrap with a sock to cover itup, but the vet wrap seemed to last longer than the sock time after time.
I would suggest putting him on some hair growth supplements - maybe some calcium or check out what else smartpak has to offer, condition and/or mtg when you can, and get a fly sheet with a tail flap and make sure he's sprayed before he goes out, if he can't be resprayed every couple of hours. It will *hopefully* reduce breakage from swatting.
This type of tail works great for showing. You pull bits of the actual tail hair through the holes and make small braids to hold it in. You can't tell it's an extension once it's in and you fluff a little hair over the top if you can.
I have also heard good things about this for showing, and they make a synthetic hide version if you are squicked out by the thought of natural hide. They use these for horses missing parts of their tails, and it works so well because it is actually attached to the tail bone so it can't swish around like the tails that tie on at the end of the tail. It also blends in nicely because it uses a natural tail with a mix of short and long tail hairs.
As far as growing her tail, I firmly believe that it will or it won't. It is so tied in with genetics that the best you can do is keep her wormed, feed her properly, gently finger comb any burrs/hay/bad snarls out, and try to keep the flies off as best as you can with fly sheets, boots, and fly spray. I have also found that rinsing or sponging the sweat off after a workout also helps keep flies away. I would not try to braid in anything because I would be afraid of losing any more hair at this point. It doesn't look like you have much to work with! But she is lovely and the tail really doesn't matter much in the grand scheme of things.
More applause for your exquisite filly + a warning about fly sheets. I got rid of all mine 10+ years ago after seeing my gorgeous mare driven half nuts when hornets flew up and got trapped underneath. For protection against flies, I'd concentrate on providing shelter/shade, fans, good insect control from fly predators to repellents. I'd also avoid combing, brushing or braiding for fear of pulling out precious hairs in the process. Conditioners, massage, attention to diet (I do use ration balancers + a high omega 3 fat supplement + excellent forage/pasture + hay) + occasional picking out have worked best for me.
I love appy tails!!! Your horse is gorgeous!
My POA has a full tail, though thinned out thanks to the last fall growth of burrs on the hillside. I learned to put lots of cowboy magic in it to keep the burrs from pulling hairs out. It does not bother me if it stays thin looking, though.
Personally, I don't care for the look of fake tails. They look too cookie cutter perfect and pull my eye away from the hindquarters.
Proud to have two Takaupa Gold line POAs!
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I took a couple of photos of my app - to give you an idea of the stages her tail has gone through. Still not "thick" by any means, but now as a just turned 6 year old it is better than it was as a three year old.
She is lovely. Some of this is just how appies are. There was one in GA who I freakin' loved. She had no hair on her tail. We're talking HAIRLESS. Just a little black tail with no hair on it. And she was really gassy. Right before a jump she'd crank that tail up and to the side and let one rip. And when she did changes she'd whirl that tail like a propeller. Hilarious. Everyone LOVED THAT HORSE (including the judges). She had total appytude and didn't care who knew it!
It's genetic. It means she has good foundation genes. Go rock the show with that rat tail and be proud of her heritage.
Everyone else can kiss your grits
You BETCHA!!!! Means that good true Ap blood hasn't been contaminated by the lunacy of breeding-du-jour. Condition if you want; tail bag (in my experience, with my Ap) made it worse. Don't NEED a wig. She's lovely as she is. Don't try to make her look like something she's not!
(sorry - can you tell I'm not a big fan of 21st century Aps?)
Last edited by ccoronios; Jun. 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM.
Reason: changed "solid" to "true" - didn't want confusion over what I meant
First, I agree with the others, your horse is beautiful! Tail or no. Lovely.
I have an Appaloosa/Trakehnerr gelding that I adore. When I got him a few years ago he had very little tail: http://i740.photobucket.com/albums/x...psa106b98c.jpg At that time I don't think he was in work (he's chubby for sure!) and he was only on 1 pound of Strategy daily I believe.
I had the best luck with hair conditioners designed for more ethnic hair types. They seem to have better deep and long lasting effects, while not stripping natural oils. MTG wasn't that great of a product for actually growing hair, although it did work well for rain rot and skin funks.
I had horrible luck with tail bags, just made the tail break more where it was attached. Course I also had the appy who scratched out an entire braid while under a sleazy, so take that for what it's worth. ;-)
How funny, I actually have a tattoo of that ampersand on my wrist! Cool clip job .
I bit the bullet a couple days ago and really evaluated my girls tail (I was honestly avoiding looking at it too closely in fear that there will be less there than I thought!) and it's actually not as thin and as sparse as I was anticipating. I can grab a decent handful, and it's very soft and fine. I think if I could get it to grow, it won't be all that pathetic!
I treated it with some leave-in conditioner and have started her on a biotin supplement and flax seed. Liberal fly spray, no tail bag. Other than that, she's going to rock what she's got.