What is it exactly? My transformation Tuesday of Bacardi's tail
Why yes, that is the same horse and the same tail, almost exactly 2 years apart, save for a few months. Crazy right?
If any of you know me on a personal level, you know my obsession with tails is almost at an unhealthy level. For real though, I worry about myself. Considering I almost didn't buy B because of his wimpy tail...couldn't have that. (Jk jk!)
God his tail was awful.
|We have a lot to work on actually|
So for the summer of 2015 I left the tail down. Or kept it in a single braid.
Single braid rules. Wanna know why?
It keeps the hairs maintained, out of the way, unable to be stepped on/pulled out, keeps it conditioned, easy to take out for pics, and still gives the ability to swat flies. ITS PERFECT.
Before I braid, I FINGER comb with detangler and then usually ride to let it air out and dry. Finger combing is essential...and annoying, but essential.. If super tangled (it never is, because braid) I will allow myself to carefully use a human hair brush, but generally, brushes yank hairs out and that is the opposite of what we want.
After our ride, I will finger comb again with Cowboy Magic and then loosely braid from the tailbone down. The key is loose enough that it won't come out, but not too tight that the hairs break off. Its a fine line. I then leave about 6-8 inches of "swatch" near the end of the braid. I've noticed this helps the hair tie securing the braid not fall out, and gives an end for fly swatting.
|Example of braid. ignore slipped polo. But now that I've pointed it out I bet you can't|
I baby it with Cowboy magic and braid it up.
I usually take it don for pics or weekly, whichever comes first.
Then, in spring (NOW, yay!) I hack it off
Nah, I dont do that, but I do bang a good amount off the ends. Like a solid 3-4 inches.
|Tail was touching the ground beforehand|
Then, just repeat for a year or so or more and BOOM, sexual tail.
Disclaimer, I also feed a biotin supp for the feet and I swear it helps with tails. I also don't participate in the "venter tail" style where the top of the tail is pulled or trimmed up. Seriously, look at his tail head...I would be chopping off so much luscious hair and I absolutely refuse to. Plus, I've done this on Yankee, it looks tacky and I hate it (see circa 2008 pic fr proof). No offense to those who do it, I just think it looks silly. I like me a full tail.
But, this is how I do it. And with some patience and a little Magic, you can too!
So dear readers, this is my question to you, what do?? Are you as obsessed as me? Do you not give a flip at all? What do you do to make your pony's tail the best it can be? Feed your secrets.