Sunday, March 30, 2008

Braided horse tails grow longer

I love the look of a really long, flowing tail on a horse. Of course, they take a very long time to grow, and since my horse was so young, his tail hasn't gotten very long yet.

It also didn't help that on the trailer ride to Denver, he rubbed the topmost layer of hair off his tail. I was really disappointed by that, because the top of his tail is white, while the rest of it is black. Before the white section got sheared off, it was about half the length of the rest, making it look like his tail turned from white to black midway down — a very pretty effect.

The white section is slowly growing back, but to encourage it, I've kept his tail braided for most of the winter. Because the hairs were very short, and because his tailbone is about a foot long, I couldn't just do a simple braid after the tailbone ended — the braid wouldn't have protected the section I wanted to be able to grow! So instead I have been French braiding his tail, starting the braid at the very top.

Braided horse tail

The braid helps by preventing the hairs from getting snagged and breaking off as easily. When the flies aren't out as much, horses don't need their tails for swatting them, so it's a good time to try to encourage tail growth.

I also really like the way it looks when I first braid Panama's tail, before some of the hair starts to escape!

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