What's the best way to protect a long, thick tail from sun-bleaching / breakage? I'm more than a little obsessed with my horse's luscious tail. Last summer I watched in horror as our brutal Aussie sun bleached the ends and made them dry as straw. I was using conditioning products to try and keep the ends healthy but eventually I had to face reality and chop them off (sob). I don't like thick cotton tail bags (the ones you attach to the rug with velcro) as my horse finds it difficult to swish the flies away with them on. Her skin reacts badly to fly bites and I don't want to take away her first line of defence. I don't mind the stretchy lycra tail bags the western riders use, but they get plaited into the tail and I'm worried about it snagging on something in the paddock and ripping out her tail. At the moment I'm thinking some sort of spray in SPF product might be the way to go? Like, hair sunscreen for horses? Does something like that even exist? Otherwise I'm open to other suggestions that won't restrict her ability to swish flies or put her tail at risk of being ripped out if it snags on something.