How do you "bang" a tail?

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  1. Arabians Rule!!

    Arabians Rule!! Senior Member

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    My geldings tail is there, but i bag it so its ok for now, but its slowly getting closer to show season, so for future reference, how do you do it? Step by step pictures would be AWESOME!
     






  2. StormysGirl

    StormysGirl Senior Member

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    Found this by Googling.... it's out of some book:
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    HUS_WP_lovr Senior Member+

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    When I "bang" my horses tail. I just cut straight across where it is. I dont make it ^^^ that short.
     
  4. ShowJumper23

    ShowJumper23 Senior Member+

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    Yeah, I'll occasionally trim an inch or two off of Beowulf's tail....just to keep it from it being un even and stepped on....
     
  5. Arabians Rule!!

    Arabians Rule!! Senior Member

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    oh so you just cut straight accross? lol oh that sounds easy ;)

    watch, after i do it, i'll come on here and post a picture saying how i accidentaly cut off half of my horses tail lol
     
  6. Heavenly Jumper

    Heavenly Jumper Senior Moderator

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    Yes...PLEASE though...lift the dock of your horses tail up a little while you are cutting. A horse naturally lifts the tail when working so if you banged it while it was tight against the bum, when he goes and DOES lift it to get moving, it will look uneven.
     
  7. riderofthehorse

    riderofthehorse Senior Member

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    There was a whole article on that in HI, if you have access to that. I want to say the November issue, but I'm not sure. Sometime around then though.
     
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    riderofthehorse Senior Member

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    ooh. that's really smart. and should be common sense but i wouldn't have thought of that :rolleyes:
     
  9. Preppy_Ponies

    Preppy_Ponies Senior Member+

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    I was taught to have someone put an arm under the tail up near the top of the bone to lift more like the horse does when their working. And then you have another person just trim straight across at the same level as the fetlock. But the exact length is up to you.

    As HJ said if you just cut it straight across when they are standing with their tail relax, it won't look right when they are working. So you want to be sure to lift the tail a bit.
     
  10. showing_qween

    showing_qween Full Member

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    What i do is run my hand down the tail firmly smoothing it out as i go along then with a sharp pair of scissors cut straight across with the back ever so slightly shorter and clip the sides slightly.

    The tail is cut shorter because a long tail could be used to hide any defects.
     






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