Tessa's tail gets trimmed regularly, sometimes a little too short as is the style in eventing. She's still rubbing out the top, though less though since I started using MTG on it regularly. Even though she's the cleanest gray pony in the world, her white tail does get a bit yellow after a while. She also does not have a super thick long tail. I know some of this is breeding, but it got me thinking about tails.
I've boarded at a lot of different barns. I've seen tails in bags, tails in vet wrap, tails in braids and tails in knots. But you know what? I've never seen a tail in anything at a dressage barn. Why is this? Dressage people don't use fake tails and most of the horses I've seen have lovely thick tails. Do they just wash them every day? Why do dressage people not use tail things? Are they the only ones?
Anyways, what do you think? And what's your favorite way of getting a nice, thick tail without it causing upset to the pony or the rider. Right now our weather is warm and the flies are on their last ditch effort to irritate all of us, so I wouldn't want to put her tail completely up in something. I also wouldn't want to do a braid, because the last time I did that she used it like a bullwhip over her rump and it smacked me in the head. There's the real reason I wear a helmet. To avoid my pony killing me with her tail weapon. Ha!
I have my child's Back To School cold this week so I have signed the pony up for a refresher course with the trainer this week. Laura said she needed to remind her about moving into the outside rein. Since I'm not riding, I cleaned out my tack trunk, washed my brushes and brought home my pads to throw in the washer. Which I should do now before my husband comes home and sees the grossness I'm putting in our washer. Any saddle pad washing tips you have would be much appreciated also!
Hope you all have a great week. I'm slowly starting to catch up on my reading again so I can't wait to see what y'all have been up to this last month!