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MsPharaohMoan
October 3rd, 2014, 12:15 AM
It's way too early right now, but somehow this takes precedence.

http://www.dressyourhorse.com/page/how-to-grow-long-horse-tails

I am both baffled and impressed. Apparently the horses love the fussing - I imagine I would too! The image of the horse with braid waves makes the little girl in me go squee!

http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tailgator.co.uk%2Fi mages%2Ftailbagcombo.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tailgator.co.uk%2Ftg%2F pages%2Ftailbagorder.html&h=230&w=389&tbnid=8c4f35slKF9caM%3A&zoom=1&docid=nqwSzfbIdRgOsM&ei=6TsuVMaDCIWuyAT6goKgDw&tbm=isch&client=safari&ved=0CB8QMygCMAI&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=646&page=1&start=0&ndsp=18 Here's a really long link. Gorgeous, no?

Oh and ladies with a love hate relationship with your sleep caps/bonnets/whathaveyou… http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.swishhorse.com%2Fsh op%2Fimage%2Fdata%2Fhome%252520pictures%2Ftailbagh ome.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.swishhorse.com%2Fshop%2 Findex.php%3Froute%3Dproduct%2Fcategory%26path%3D3 9&h=427&w=300&tbnid=AscZI8o5klhChM%3A&zoom=1&docid=qWH9W0Bbw9XWtM&ei=IDwuVNr6F8icygSFwYKgAg&tbm=isch&client=safari&ved=0CCcQMygMMAw&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=1120&page=1&start=0&ndsp=20

-cackles- Am I the only one amused by all this?

Okay now I'm actually going to sleep.

Ingrid
October 3rd, 2014, 01:04 AM
Hehehe! Loved it! Maybe the tail covering should be made of silk :P Better for the hair!!

Mimha
October 3rd, 2014, 01:42 AM
I am both baffled and impressed. Apparently the horses love the fussing - I imagine I would too! The image of the horse with braid waves makes the little girl in me go squee!


So strange a feeling !...

... When I look at those horses and their amaizing whitish soft tail hair so beautifuly contasting with their grey body, I get the same feeling of delight and enchantment as when I admire very long beautiful human hair. It is very difficult to explain : it's a mixture of esthetical plaesure, little girl fairy tale dream, and funny "connexion" with the animal. Like if - trough the look at the animal - I could feel within my own self the same sensation of very long hair whipping the air or gracefuly floating in the wind !! It's litterally a "sensual feeling of beauty" !... :)

Thanks for those beautiful pictures ! :)

NormaJean
October 3rd, 2014, 02:33 AM
I just love it because it's basically the horse version of the standard LHC advice: conditioner, braids, and protect the ends!

jacqueline101
October 3rd, 2014, 04:20 AM
I just love it because it's basically the horse version of the standard LHC advice: conditioner, braids, and protect the ends!

I agree. I wonder if there is a people version of a tail bag.

Phexlyn
October 3rd, 2014, 04:47 AM
I just love it because it's basically the horse version of the standard LHC advice: conditioner, braids, and protect the ends!
It is. And I'd love to have someone treat my hair like this every week. Although I couldn't bring myself to wear a tail bag all the time in between treatments :lol:

Thanks for sharing!

Theobroma
October 3rd, 2014, 08:58 AM
I don't know. My first thought on seeing those pictures is that it's an indulgence of human vanity without much regard for what's kindest for the horse. Those tail hairs exist to swish flies -- and horses can be absolutely tormented by flies in hot weather. Braiding it up, tying it in knots, and/or wrapping it up in a tail bag is going to make it much less effective at chasing off the flies and leave the horse at the mercy of their tickling (and, depending on what type of insect it is, also their biting). I personally don't think this is much kinder than the practice of docking (i.e. cutting off) the tails of draught horses to keep the hairs from tangling in the harness. In both cases, what's done with the tail is entirely for human convenience or self-indulgence.

turtlelover
October 3rd, 2014, 09:33 AM
Most horses that have their tails braided/bagged are show horses and are pampered, fly sprayed, and kept indoors when the bugs are at their worst. It is not the slightest bit mean to keep their tails up in that case. :-)

Aurum
October 3rd, 2014, 02:14 PM
Oooh horses, just my topic. :) My horse has amazing hair growing genes, but he can't stand braids or anything fancy. He starts shaking and rubbing them out after a few minutes, which turns them into a knotted mess. I've seen horses pull hair out at the roots scratching (for unrelated reasons), and I'd hate for him to do that while I was trying to do the opposite. So I've given up on that and just focus on keeping his mane/tail clean and detangled. Cowboy Magic is a lifesaver!

All in all, I'm happy if he's happy, and he doesn't care a lick about beautiful hair.

Laurenji
October 3rd, 2014, 02:28 PM
I agree. I wonder if there is a people version of a tail bag.

I know I saw something like this pop up in a thread a while ago. I don't remember where, though. Maybe it was in the self-made hair toys thread? Urg, it's going to bother me all day now, since I'll probably never find it...

MsPharaohMoan
October 3rd, 2014, 03:40 PM
Well a silk bonnet as mentioned can be like it… But I also know there is a contraption some long hairs wear around their hair, the one I saw was leather, and it's like a corset! You lace it up and tie it and it protects your hair - although not the ends :/ Very pretty and I wish I had one.

jacqueline101
October 3rd, 2014, 07:34 PM
I know I saw something like this pop up in a thread a while ago. I don't remember where, though. Maybe it was in the self-made hair toys thread? Urg, it's going to bother me all day now, since I'll probably never find it...
Okay I'm going to start searching for this.

neko_kawaii
October 3rd, 2014, 07:43 PM
I know I saw something like this pop up in a thread a while ago. I don't remember where, though. Maybe it was in the self-made hair toys thread? Urg, it's going to bother me all day now, since I'll probably never find it...

It was in this thread about sleep caps (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=126604). The first mention is in post #13.

I saw some lovely horse-dos at a Fourth of July parade last year.
http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg632/neko_kawaii_hair/P7047978_zps9daa1412.jpg
http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg632/neko_kawaii_hair/P7048021_zpsbaaf0966.jpg

Jumper
October 3rd, 2014, 10:52 PM
It depends on the horse, really. Most tolerate it and some can't abide all the fussing. A horses idea of pampering and a humans idea of pampering are fairly different.

The only time I've used a tail bag is in areas where the tails became full of cockleburrs. You'll only pull hundreds of giant burrs out of a tail once (mostly without damaging the tail or losing length, one of my crowning achievements, especially since I got paid to de-burr that horse) before you start using a tail bag.

MsPharaohMoan
October 3rd, 2014, 11:39 PM
Hah! Spray-painted horse bums :laugh:
:hmm: I wonder what sorts of pampering different horses like

NormaJean
October 3rd, 2014, 11:56 PM
I've been so corrupted by a lifetime of My Little Pony that I didn't even *notice* the spray painted cutie marks. They're totally normal, right? lol

Laurenji
October 7th, 2014, 03:41 PM
It was in this thread about sleep caps (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=126604). The first mention is in post #13.


Hey look, you found it! although I think I was thinking of an even older thread . . . I've been on the forum so long that "that one thread a while ago" might mean a couple months ago or 5 years ago. Things keep coming back around again.

Imalath
October 7th, 2014, 08:04 PM
Love the pictures...it brings back memories. In my younger days I used to show occasionally, and went through the whole braid-and-bag routine. In fact, that's how I learned to braid! I think now I probably wouldn't do it; braided tails turn into lashes during fly season--it only takes once across the eyes for you to stay far, far away from its range. The friction of moving both braid and bag repeatedly (no fly spray, sheet, or other method I've tried can keep the flies away for long) caused as much damage as just leaving it down would be.

Winter, on the other hand, is another entirely. My horse was a wannabe mudbaby, and that bag kept his tail from spending the winter as one giant dreadlock.

I know a barn full of horses who get minimal grooming and spend 90% of their time outside. These guys only get their tails touched maybe three times a year...when we trim them to just above the ground so they don't step on them and pull chunks out. Their tails are just as beautiful practically untouched as one that is carefully coddled and pampered...just without the shiny braidwaves!

Makes me wonder if some horses just have good hair genes like people do, lol

Jumper
October 7th, 2014, 11:32 PM
Makes me wonder if some horses just have good hair genes like people do, lol

In short... Yes.

I trained an appaloosa for awhile that no matter what we tried, we could not get his tail to grow more than a few inches past his hocks. He also had the softest, finest mane and tail hair I've felt on any horse. We tried bagging it, not bagging it, feeding supplements, etc etc. He was just a nice healthy horse with a sad sad tail.

MsPharaohMoan
October 8th, 2014, 07:32 PM
He was just a nice healthy horse with a sad sad tail.

Hehe, poor horsie -has reverted to childhood-

ponyguy
October 8th, 2014, 08:58 PM
I take lessons on Arabians and saddlebreds. The show saddlebreds have amazing long tails (or VERY expensive extensions for the odd horse that doesn't have one naturally...) If you ever watch a show you'll notice the trainer or groom running behind the horse as soon as it exits the show ring, grabbing the tail and wrapping it up for protection.