Improving your Horse's Tail

Tips & Tricks

Some horses are blessed with great, thick tails. For others a scraggly, thin tail is a constant struggle. Genetics play a large part in how your horses tail grows and looks. But there are some things you can do to help supplement mother nature.

A good diet for your horse

Good Diet

As we all know, better skin and hair comes from the inside out. Making sure your horse is getting quality forage and grain will help improve overall coat condition. If you feel your horse isn’t getting enough vitamins and minerals just from hay and grain, you may want to add a multivitamin or skin and coat supplement to help with tail growth and quality. You can add all the grooming products you want but without a good foundation to build off of, they won’t be working to the best of their ability.

Bathing your horse

Bathing

For any tail, but especially for tails prone to breakage, you’ll want to use a conditioning or hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Products like this help to maintain the hair’s natural moisture balance. Dry hair is prone to breaking, harder to grow out, and won’t appear healthy. It is also key not to over wash a tail. It isn’t necessary to shampoo the tail every day. You want to keep the tail clean but not overdo it either. A tail that is crusted in dirt and buildup is just as bad for tail growth as one that is washed too often.

Leave-in treatments for your horses mane, tail and coat

Leave-In Treatments

Leave-in conditioning treatments can be a great addition to your horse care routine. These types of treatments can be used for everyday grooming and at horse shows. For everyday uses look for a conditioning silicone free formula. Silicone can immediately help the appearance of a tail but will not improve the health of the tail overtime. Silicone formulas work best right before an event where your horse needs to look its best.

Braiding and bagging your horse's tail

Braiding and Bagging

Braiding a tail can help to prevent damage and breakage. Braiding will also keep the tail clean for a longer period. Bagging a tail has the same benefits as braiding. Generally, if you are bagging a tail you will braid it into one or multiple braids first. You can use waterproof bags for turnout to prevent mud staining the tail.

Brushing your horse

Brushing

Brushing a horse’s tail can be controversial. The more you brush the more hair you may pull out or break. But for some horses brushing is the best way to un-knot and remove shavings and other debris. Brushing as little as possible or using a brush or comb designed to minimize breakage is advised.

A horse with almost no tail may never have the luscious thick tail of your dreams, but you can help improve the overall health of the tail. The healthier your horses tail the better it will grow and it will be easier to maintain.