If you’re a horse owner, you’ll want to do everything possible to promote a long, healthy, well maintained thick tail. Like your horse’s coat, his tail requires some elbow grease , but of a different kind. To help your horse grow a healthy tail we have put together some top tips.
1. Healthy hair comes from the inside out
No amount of potions and conditioners will improve your horse’s coat, mane and tail if he is not receiving proper nutrition. Healthy hair comes from protein, amino acids and vitamins in quality forage and feed.
2. Use grooming tools
Attempting to use human hair brushes will break the hair and pull it out. Use only wide-toothed combs and dandy brushes on the tail so any grooming tolls that are specially designed for manes and tails.
Brushing a horse’s tail can be controversial, It’s advised not to brush your horses tail. Although it looks nice when it’s brushed out, if you brush it every day, it will gradually get thinner and the more you brush the more hair you may pull out or break. It takes years to re-grow each long strand of hair that is pulled out.
4. Stimulate growth
To stimulate hair growth, brush the dock of your horse’s tail daily with a dandy brush. These brushes are great for removing dust and debris from your horse’s coat and by brushing teh dock and upper part of the tail bone also increases blood flow, which stimulates growth.
5. Is your horse rubbing its tail?
It’s essential to determine why? There are several reasons why a horse will rub their tail. Parasites like lice and pinworms will cause itching, so make sure your horse is on a regular de-worming program. Insects will also cause itching and some horses are more prone to skin reactions caused by insects. Protect your horse from insects by using insect repellents. Horses will also rub their tails in response to irritations around the sheath and anus area. Consult your veterinarian if you suspect this might be the problem.
6. Keep the horse’s tail clean and moisturized
The best way to keep your horse from rubbing it’s tail is to keep it cleaned and moisturized. If your horse is suffering from dry skin and the horse’s tail is dirty, the horse will be prone to rubbing in order to relieve the itching. To ensure you maintain a healthy horse tail, Muck out shampoo by Animology is a formulation of silk and wheat proteins with vitamins and conditioners, to deliver exceptional levels of care and protection to your horses skin and hair, including the mane and tail.
The deep cleaning action penetrates deep down to the skin lifting dust and dirt to the surfaces in order that it can be easily washed away whilst the ‘easy rinse technology’ ensures that the shampoo is rinsed out quickly and efficiently.
7. Refrain from overbrading
Avoid braiding the hair tightly and leaving the braids in all the time. Although they make look pretty, those neat, tight braids can cut off circulation to the hair shafts, which will lead to breakage. Its best to braid long manes and tails loosely to prevent pasture damage, and remove show braids after an event.