Cutting and selling my horses tail

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  1. Kelsey5674

    Kelsey5674 Senior Member

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    I have an retired american saddle bred that is a pasture horse now. He's tail is dragging the ground and I don't want it to get ripped out in the field. So I was wandering if I could cut it and sell it to a center that made tail extensions. Is so, how long does it haft to be and what do I need to do to sell it. Thanks for any info
     






  2. Lopinslow

    Lopinslow Senior Member+

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    IMPO, you wouldn't get enough for it, to be worth the hassle. I can buy a full (THICK) pound of regular colored tail hair, washed and banded tight for $50. anything with white in it is more expensive, but even then it would have to be LONG, super thick and mostly all one length.

    instead, why don't you just trim it his fetlocks and let it be?
     
  3. Kelsey5674

    Kelsey5674 Senior Member

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    Thanks for the idea, better idea that going through the hassle of the tail extension store
     
  4. Mare

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    Then he would be able to still swat the flies. Just trim it up and he'll still be pretty standing in the pasture
     
  5. SaddlebredMom

    SaddlebredMom Full Member

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    I love the ASB's trademark long, flowing tail, even out standing in the pasture, so I don't want to promote cutting your boy's tail by any means :wink: but there is quite a market in the saddlebred world for long tail hair (5 ft. minimum length) to be used to make tail switches for the saddlebred show horses, and there are a number of places that make the switches that will buy it from you. If you're still interested, send me a PM and I'll get you the contact info. for a couple of the ASB switch makers.
     
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  6. bludejavu

    bludejavu Senior Member

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    I've sold quite a few of our Saddlebreds' tails when they were either retired or had to be on extended stall rest or some other reason where they weren't going to be shown for awhile. SaddlebredMom is absolutely right - there is good money to be made on really long tails and color is a big factor as well as length. Flaxen or pure white tails bring the most money, but all colors are in demand. Judy Lovell in Tennessee is who I've sold most of my tails too. I sold her two flaxen palomino tails from my retired show horse this last fall and they brought $1,500 but they were over six feet long. For those of you wondering about leaving the horse with a fly swatter, you only cut the core of the tail, leaving the outside "tail feathers". The feathers left are quite ample for tail swishing.

    Susan
     
  7. TeeK987

    TeeK987 Senior Member

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    This is prolly a stupid question, but ive never really looked into this..
    Could anyone sell their horses tails? Certain breed, sertain color? Is there a web site with the info?
    Thanks.
     
  8. TeeK987

    TeeK987 Senior Member

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    Im intersted in this topic, lol.
    Bump. :D
     
  9. mftx4

    mftx4 Senior Member+

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    There are a lot of craft people that use horse hair, manes and tails, for craft work too.
     
  10. bludejavu

    bludejavu Senior Member

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    Breed of horse generally makes no difference - any color is used, but as I said in my other post, flaxen and white tails are the highest in demand. There are no websites that I am aware of - most people I'm acquainted with who purchase tail hair do individual ads in the Saddlebred magazines.
     






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