While far from mandatory, tail
extensions are commonly used
in all-around competition. Kathy
Williams of Kathy L. Williams
Tail Extensions creates custom
tails for her clients. She says
a fake tail can help boost your
presentation in the pen.
“Just like a lady enhances her
hair with extensions to make it
longer, fuller and prettier, you
can do the same thing with your
horse,” says Williams.
Fake tails are widely used
in many breed and discipline
associations. Every organization
has its own rules about tails,
so read the rulebook carefully.
Some associations do not allow
weighted tails, while others
have specific ways they can be
attached to the tail. Weighted
tails are fake tails fitted with a bit
of extra weight to encourage the
horse’s tail to lie flat.
The easiest way to choose a
tail extension is to go to a tail
Finish by wrapping the braid and
top of the fake tail with a few
rounds of electrical tape.
From the bottom of the tailbone
and middle of the tail, separate a
one-inch section of hair and divide
into three sections. Begin a braid.
Slip the tail loops through the hair
in the middle section, and continue
to braid the hair.
Once you’ve braided about six
more inches, secure the braid
with a rubber band.
There are several ways to attach
a false tail to your horse. Many
association rule books specify
that the hair must be attached
“hair to hair.” The loops at the
top of the false tail are usually
braided horsehair, so you’ll braid
your horse’s hair through those
loops. All-around Quarter Horse
trainer Vicky Holt recommends
finishing the attachment with
electrical tape for added
security, in case a rubber band
snaps. Here are three of Holt’s
favorite methods to attach a
fake tail, step by step.
This is a basic way to attach the
tail. It’s ideal for a horse that keeps
its tail fairly still.
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