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    red ribbon for kicker

    i'm taking my 4 year old to a baby event in a couple of weeks, and i think i need to put a red ribbon in her tail. she hasn't ever kicked another horse or person while i was riding, but she does throw the occasional tantrum, and definitely wouldn't care if someone or something was in her path. my question is, how do i make it stay? i've never needed to do this before! i'm not braiding, so i don't want to braid her tail, and she doesn't have a lot of it anyway. i don't love the look of just rubber banding a chunk of tail, but as of yet that's the only idea i have.


    My mare is a kicker at home, but at shows, she gets very pissy when stranger horses approach her business end! I put the ribbon around her tail at the top and tie it into some tail hair, then knot it a few times so it doesn't fall out.


      I found at Wal-Mart a set of barrettes that look like metal bows. They are similar to the flat barrettes that snap closed when you bend them but these have two sides. The set is Black, Brown, & Silver. I was going to spray them red but ended up tying a red ribbon onto it instead. The clip stayed in through Dressage, Stadium, & XC.
      Last edited by RedRyderKy; Jun. 13, 2012, 01:02 PM. Reason: Stupid autocorrect....
      Things happen for a when I reach over and smack you upside the head, just gave me a reason!


        I think you have to remove it for your actual dressage test, but other than that it's a good idea. Do remember that not everyone knows what the various colors of ribbon mean, and some people know but don't care!
        You have to have experiences to gain experience.

        1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


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          yeah, i did think of just doing a green ribbon since i honestly think that's more the issue than anything- i.e. if she decides to be an idiot, i can't promise i can steer haha. but i'm not confident people would respect that. i think a lot more people know what the red one means.

          i didn't know about removing it for dressage, is that a rule? i've read the rulebook multiple times, and don't remember seeing that, but i wasn't looking. also, this is a schooling show and i'm doing pre-elementary, so i doubt they'd eliminate me. but i would like to know for the future if that's true.

          thanks again everyone! i like the clip idea, especially if i need to take it out, i'll have to go look for something like that. she can be somewhat sensitive, so i'm not sure how she'd feel about me tying something all the way around her tail. it's never a good idea to piss her off.


            Originally posted by emeraldcity View Post
            i didn't know about removing it for dressage, is that a rule? i've read the rulebook multiple times, and don't remember seeing that, but i wasn't looking. also, this is a schooling show and i'm doing pre-elementary, so i doubt they'd eliminate me. but i would like to know for the future if that's true.
            Definitely a rule for dressage-dressage, where it would be counted as a "decoration of the horse." The eventing rules don't seem to say anything about this but I'd take it off just for your test, to be safe.
            You have to have experiences to gain experience.

            1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


              We use a red hair clip for one of my student's kicky mares. Its very visible, even from the side, even from a distance, and we simply unclip before she goes in the ring.


                I've heard of the red ribbons for kickers, what are other colors for?
                Sir Chancelot- 8 yr TB/ App


                  Yellow is for a stallion, bright to catch your attention and give him a respectful distance.

                  Green (bright to notice, but not like safety equipment green!) is supposed to be for "green" horses, awkward and inexperienced, may react unexpectedly to things around them.

                  Metal clips sound like a useful way to anchor the red ribbons in a horse tail.


                    Thank you for asking this question! I have a "I will kick your *ss if you get too close" kinda mare. She is okay at home but warm-up rings at shows seem to bring out her "perimeter establishment gene". She is basically only happy when the entire ring, or stadium course, is HERS!

                    So, I have been considering a red ribbon, but wasn't really sure how to tie it in, how big it should be, etc. Also, she is usually pretty civilized during dressage warm-up, but a crowded jump warm up where others are zipping by is what gets her backside up.

                    So could I leave the red ribbon in for x-c and stadium? I usually don't have anyone to help me in warm up, so I just am not sure if I could remove it myself (without dismounting).


                      White is for a horse that's for sale....
                      You have to have experiences to gain experience.

                      1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


                        I have a mare we used it on for her first year of showing, and we just braided the tail and used that to attach the ribbon.

                        However, we found that it didn't matter how big we made the ribbon, people are so wrapped up in their own world in warm up, that they never noticed and just blundered in to her all over the place.

                        Luckily she kept focused and on her work, because the two kicking incidents at home that were the reason we used the ribbon in the first place could have seriously injured another horse or rider in close quarters.

                        She outgrew the issue with maturity, and now at five, she doesn't need it.
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                          i didn't know about yellow or white ribbons! never seen either one, only green and red.

                          i bought some clips today, and some red ribbon- like this type but double sided, so they snap shut from both sides, and supposedly "non-slip", and then i bought red ribbon to make a little bow out of. tried it in today, seems pretty secure.

                          thanks for the ideas everyone!