Trimming the top of a horse’s tail creates a polished look, and also enhances the shape of their hind end. It’s a standard grooming practice in most dressage and eventing barns, and can be done with scissors, clippers (for the well practiced tail trimmer) and even by pulling, as you would pull a mane.
Is it bad to cut a horse’s tail?
If a horse’s tail is docked and the wound is not treated and continues to bleed, hypothetically a horse could die from an infection or blood loss. Not if done properly. If a horse’s tail is docked and the wound is not treated and continues to bleed, hypothetically a horse could die from an infection or blood loss.
Where should a horses tail be cut to?
You want the cut to be parallel to the ground while the horse is moving. The banged tail should end about 4” (10cm) to 5” (12cm) below the hocks. Any shorter may detract from the look of the tail. Better to leave the tail too long, than cut it too short.
What kind of horse has a short tail?
For some horse breeds, the mane and tail are crowning glories. That’s not generally true of the Appaloosa. This spotted breed often has a short, sparse mane and tail.
What length should my horses tail be?
The banged tail should end about 4”/10 cm to 5”/12cm below the. Any shorter may detract from the look of the tail. If your horse has a short or skimpy tail, you might want to skip banging it altogether.
How do you pull a horse’s tail with scissors?
Simply trim the wild hairs by holding the scissors vertically alongside the dock to tidy up the tail. If you use clippers, have a really good idea how and where you want them to go. A good suggestion is to start on the very underside of the tail, and not too far down. If you need to clip more, you can.