Braid and Bag
There are many schools of thought when it comes
to caring for your horse’s tail. Some pros prefer
leaving the hair free. Others braid the tail. Holt covers
braided tails with a bag, or wraps several large knots
in the tail with vet wrap in the summer.
“I usually keep my horses’ tails braided and bagged
in the winter to protect them,” says Holt. “In the
summer, because the horses need to swish their tails
at flies, I loop the tail into several sections, knot each
section and cover the knots with vet wrap.”
Holt says you can put your horse’s tail in a braid or
knot it while it is wet or dry.
Remember that a tail bag should always attach
below the tailbone. Never tie or wrap anything
around your horse’s tailbone, where it could
Beginning at the bottom, brush
your horse’s tail free from knots.
When shampooing your horse’s tail, be sure to scrub
down deep to the roots to loosen dead skin and grease.
Rinse the tail thoroughly so it is free of shampoo and