• Separate a one-inch section
from the bottom of the
tailbone, on one side of the tail.
Similar to the Basic Method,
braid the fake tail loop into the
real tail braid.
• Secure the braid with a rubber
band. Repeat on the other
side, braiding the tail hair.
• Add the fake tail loop to your
braid. Grab pieces of fake tail
hair and add it to your real hair
braid. Continue braiding and
then secure with a rubber band.
The completed attachment is
secure, even with a horse that
swishes its tail. It also offers
support for heavy tails. As
always, wrap the fake tail and
braids with electrical tape.
• Once you’ve braided the real
hair down to be flush with the
fake tail hair, grab small sections
of the fake hair on either side of
the braid and incorporate it into
your braiding. Continue adding
fake tail hair and braiding for
about four inches.
maker at a horse show so you can
match the tail hair to your horse. Or,
you can take photos of your horse’s
tail and send them to a tail maker.
Williams advises against purchasing
a tail with synthetic hair.
Holt prefers her horses’ fake and
real tails to hit at fetlock length.
This prevents the horse from
stepping on his tail. Fake tails can
get pulled out when a horse steps
on them, and this embarrassing
gaffe will not only leave a negative
impression in the show pen, but it
could also spook your horse.
With careful maintenance, you
can protect your investment in a
tail extension. The same time and
effort put into caring for your
horse’s natural tail will also pay off
over time, making your horse’s tail
the best that it can be. HI
ABIGAIL BOATWRIGHT is a freelance
writer and photographer based in Texas.
This is a reinforced and secure way to attach a tail.
It’s good for a tail swisher and weighted tails.
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