The Tail End

  Since my mane post called The Mane Thing seems to be quite popular, I figured it was time to talk about the other end of the horse; the tail. Just like the mane, there are different things you can do to it. You can braid it, clip it, trim it and wrap it.

  The tail is just as important as the mane and, in my experiences, even more neglected than what the mane is. So here's a post dedicated to the tail to put it back in the spotlight.

  In my opinion, a horse without its tail just wouldn't look right. When you see him galloping in a pasture, you may notice his stride, the way he holds his head and maybe even his ear position, but you'll also notice his tail. You'll notice how it flows behind him almost like a gracious flag. That's why we need to take care of it too.

  Horses, when they are bored or if they have worms, will rub their tails against a wall or a fence. This can destroy the tail because he may pull the hairs right out. So, a tail can be a good sign of whether your horse is healthy or unhealthy.

  When trailering your horse, many people will wrap their horse's tail to prevent him from accidentally rubbing it on the trailer's walls. If you decide to braid before going to a show, some may also wrap their horse's tail to protect the braid during travel.

  Some tails need to be clipped to keep it looking neat and clean. Most people will use clippers for this as it is quick and easy to do, others may use scissors.

  To keep a horse from dragging its tail around because it grew out too long, trimming it is a good idea. Depending on your discipline, your horse's tail may have a straight or a 'v' shaped cut. The straight cut is the most common way to trim a tail (in fact, I couldn't find a good picture of a 'v' shaped cut!), but the 'v' will result in a much more natural looking tail.

  There are many ways to braid a horse's tail. Pretty much any braid that you know how to do can work on a horse's tail, when given enough practice.

  So that is it for this week. I hope you have all enjoyed your week and that you'll have a great weekend. Thank you for reading Pure Horse Sense.

  Until next time, happy riding!