How to Make It Look Like Your Horse Has a Thicker Tail

Two Methods:The Quick Fix-UpThe long-haul

Envy the horses with lush, thick tails that practically drag on the ground? Want to transform your backyard pony's hind view? Read on.

Method 1
The Quick Fix-Up

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    With your fingers, gently remove any snarls and snags.
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    Once you can finger through the tail, carefully brush through it to remove the small knots. Be careful not to break any hairs.
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    Wet the tail, staring at the tailbone, and then shampoo the tail with a color-enhancing shampoo to remove all the stains. It's surprising how bad dirt looks in a tail!
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    Rinse very well. Otherwise, your horse will itch, and then it will rub its tail off.
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    Apply a generous amount of tail conditioner to the tail, working in sections all the way up the tail. Be careful not to tangle or break the hairs.
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    Let the tail air-dry.
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    Once the tail is dry, brush through it again, being careful not to snap any hairs.
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    Using a color spray, like Shapley's Show Touch-Up, lightly spray the tail, concentrating on the central hairs. Try not to spray the outside hairs too heavily.
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    Once the color spray has dried, Thoroughly spray the tail with a shining spray, like Showsheen, working in sections.
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    When the Showsheen has dried, gently brush the tail through one more time.
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    Your horse's tail should look much thicker. The solid coloring of the color spray visually makes the tail seem thicker, and a well-conditioned tail automatically looks more lush and soft.

Method 2
The long-haul

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    Apply a growth product, like Shapley's MTG, to the tailbone. Massage into the skin with your fingers.
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    Carefully finger through the tail, and then brush it. Make sure not to break the hairs.
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    Loosely braid the tail and bag it to keep it clean and tangle-free. Leave the tailbone out of the bag so that air can circulate.
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    Once a week, remove the tail bag, re-apply the growth product, and then brush the tail and re-bag.
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    After a few months (winter is the best time to do this) your horse's tail should have grown a few inches, and should also be thicker.
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    If you keep up the work, your horse will have a thick tail for their lifetime!

Tips

  • Don't do this for the first time on show day. Practice at home first.

Warnings

  • Make sure your horse doesn't mind the sound of the spray before you use it.
  • Wear a helmet. You'll be surprised how far up a horse's hind foot can reach.
  • Do not stand directly behind the horse.
  • Work with the tail from the side. It's awkward, but safer.

Things You'll Need

  • Tail Brush
  • Color-enhancing Shampoo
  • Tail Conditioner
  • Color Spray
  • Shining Spray
  • Hair Growth Product
  • Tail Bag

Article Info

Categories: Horse Care