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#11 Hoofhaven

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:16 AM

I personally love the long tails when they are flowing and thick!! I think its so pretty, but to each their own. I wondered as well how to address the back up thing, I seen a few step on their tails at the Royal Red but none of them freaked out.

Several of my horses have tails up year round, but in the summer I put twine in for them to swat flies with so they can still use them, and they are not always in the barn like "pampered whatevers" ...

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 11:53 AM

A long, lush tail that drags the ground is pretty to me, but I too have the concern about what happens when he backs up and maybe steps on it?

I know of a trainer who keeps the horses' tails all done up in bags. They're long, of course, but I wonder does the long tail truly influence a judge's opinion in a show class?

#13 Zoe

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 11:57 AM

I've seen Arabs win in any class with practically no tail and I've seen Arabs win with a tail that hangs down horizontally the same as it does vertically. I don't think it REALLY matters unless the judge is that superficial? But then again, it's the "new" Arabian. -.-

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 06:00 AM

at a horse "show" u r selling an image. the tail adds to the image. is it a reason to pick one horse over another? no like a well fitted suit a pretty tail sets of a pretty picture!

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 06:58 AM

Before I cut Dragon's tail, it was so long I could take it and wrap it around his chest to the other side. I think the key is to practice with the tail down. Back slowly so the horse gets a feel of where his tail is. I used to do a lot of backing between groundpoles.

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 04:20 AM

I didn't mean a full side step in the line up. I just meant scoot the haunch over a step: just enough to get the hinds away from the tail. We did go to a show and they had them back on the rail and he did fine!
Our horse is also out all day every day and all nite on occassion depending on bugs/weather. His tail is up but he has a long tail bag on it to swish with and he wears a bug sheet and fly mask. We do not believe in stalling all day either.

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 05:14 AM

I tried sooooo hard to get a nice tail on my CEP horse. Wash it - braid - bag - Then no matter what - I would go out the next day and find he had hooked it on something (never could figure out on what) and pulled a chunk out of his tail bone. So - I came to the conclusion that a long skinny tail was not going to be attractive. I let it down and worked on regrowing what he had lost - I would rather have a short full tail than a long skinny one. Now I personally don't like the really long tails that drag the ground - but I do like thick tails that are long - almost to the ground when they have their tails up. It took my horse almost losing his tail to figure out what was more important to me -

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 07:07 AM

I put tails up in October (take down completely in March)... I want a thick, longish tail (would love it just to touch the ground at a halt).

My usual policy is : clean as a whistle, drench in Eqyss Mega Tek Cell Rebuilder, braid from tail bone down, bundle and wrap in vetwrap, add baling twice if still need to swat flies.

Is there a better way?

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 07:36 AM

I dont like the long skinny tails that drag the ground, but love love a long FULL tail that is thick. If it touches the ground at a stand still or even drags the ground at a stand still that is fine, but once they lift their tail for movement I don't want to see it on the ground. Typically people will let one section of the tail grow very long and the rest stays short.. not a pretty picture.
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Posted 18 June 2011 - 09:49 PM

I dont like the long skinny tails that drag the ground, but love love a long FULL tail that is thick. If it touches the ground at a stand still or even drags the ground at a stand still that is fine, but once they lift their tail for movement I don't want to see it on the ground. Typically people will let one section of the tail grow very long and the rest stays short.. not a pretty picture.


I've seen that style of tail. I was a bit confused about it. Seemed counter-productive to have a long tail that was hacked short at the hock and then have three strands on the ground. Looks silly to me. I Love thick long tails too, so once the tail is up and moving it appears like a proper flag. But that's just a noob talking. lol

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