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Care and Attachment Instructions

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Horse Tail Extension Care

Your new tail is 100% horse hair and should be treated as real hair.

• Every time you use your tail extension, wash and dry it for maximum fullness.
• After each use, wash your tail with a quality shampoo. Follow up with a good quality conditioner and don't use sparingly. Rinse Well!
• You can dry with a hair dryer, or air dry.
• Apply a non-silicone hair detangler to make brush-outs easier, and to prevent tangles.
• Avoid completely submersing your tail extension in water, and/or soaking it in water for long periods of time. Moisture can get trapped up in the head of the tail extension, where the tail hairs are bound together. Since air can't reach this area, moisture can cause the tail hairs to rot, leading to tail hair loss. It can also cause the glue bounding it together to deteriorate (Yes, even though the glue is waterproof). For best results try to keep the top dry while washing it.
• When not in use, it should be stored in a tail bag slightly longer than the tail extension to prevent the ends from curling.

If you have a white or light colored extension:

•To keep your tail from yellowing, fill a small bucket with warm water and put about a table spoon full of Mrs. Stewart's Bluing (can be found at most grocery stores). Dip the tail in the water for about 30 seconds to one minute. Do not leave in the water for a long period of time. Remove the tail and then immedately wash with a whitening shampoo. Do not let the whitening shampoo sit too long on the extension or it will turn the extension purple. Condition really well. If your tail is extremely dirty, wash with a regular shampoo first to remove most of the dirt. These steps will also work well on your horse's real tail, but be careful to not let the bluing sit on the tailbone. You do not need to do this every wash, but about once a month is great. You can do this every wash if you prefer.
•Due to the finer natural of the lighter colored tails, it may take longer to dry and hair will be fragile while wet. Do not brush until fully dry.

If you have a jet black extension:
•During the first few washes, it is likely you will see dye coming out of the tail. This is normal and will decrease with time.

Loop Attachment Instructions

Loop tail extensions can be placed anywhere on the lower third of the tailbone. You will need to place the tail high enough that it will not drag on the ground and will not get stepped on when the horse backs. If you find that you are placing it halfway up the tailbone or higher I recommend trimming it to allow the tail to look the most natural.

Make sure that both the horse’s tail and the extension are clean, conditioned, and free of knots and tangles. Take the top part of your horse’s natural tail and clip it up leaving some hair from the back of the tail bone hanging. Grab a portion of tail hair about as thick as your little finger from the remaining tail hair. Divide that hair into three sections for braiding. Lay one or both (depending on preference) of the two horse hair loops up against your three sections, up tight against the tail bone. Begin braiding the tail hair, braiding the horse hair loop into the braid with your first crossover. BRAID TIGHTLY, and braid in a downwards direction. Braid the tail hair down about an inch or so, so the end of your braid is past the top of the tail extension. Holding firmly onto the ends, use a banding rubber band in a coordinating color to tightly band off the end of the braid. The tighter the tail extension is to the tailbone the more natural it will look. Make sure you don’t get it too tight that your horse gets irritated. Do the same with the other horse hair loop (if you didn’t put both in the first braid), sectioning off hair slightly to the other side of the tail bone. After you have completed the same steps with the second loop, take both sections of braided hair (the braided ends coming down from each loop), and pull them through the loops, so the braided ends are on the backside of the tail extension Take electrical tape that matches your horses tail and tape the braids to the tail extension, making sure that you get the rubber bands. Do NOT tape your horse’s tailbone! Lately, brush through your horse's tail and the tail extension to blend all the tail hairs. Practice makes perfect and make sure that you practice not only putting in the tail extension before the show but practice riding with the tail extension so your horse can get used to carrying it!

String Attachment Instructions

Braid a small section of hair at the bottom of the tailbone (approx. 4-8 inches). Be sure that the braid (approx. the diameter of a pencil) is large enough to support the weight of the tail piece. Secure the braid with a rubber band.

Next using a latch hook pull both of the tie-in attachments through the horses braid so it is as close to the bottom of the tail bone as possible. (The more snug it is against the tailbone the less chance you have of any separation or movement) The tie-in attachments are put through the horses braid similar to the way you would attach a tail bag to a braided tail.

Once you have pulled them through the horses braid you tie them together and then you can take the extension pieces and fold them down against the rubber top of the extension. Secure them with a piece of electrical tape by wrapping around the top of the extension 2 or 3 times.

Wrap Around with Strings Attachment Instructions

Find the desired location for the tail extension, This will vary based upon the height of your horse and length of his tailbone. You want the extension to fall to the fetlock area. Part your horse's tail hair and pull the upper hairs of the horse's tail up and out of the way. You can have and assistant place their hand on the hair to hold it out of the way or secure with bands or clips to keep it out of the way. Now wrap the top sewn section of the extension around yours horse's tailbone. Using the hair hair lace on each side of the extension, wrap the laces all the way around the tail and tie the lace snuggly in a bow on the front side of the extension (In front of you) . This will hold the tail extension in place and free both of your hands, allowing you to braid hair to hair to secure the tail extension. You are going to attach the extension with 3-4 braids. One toward each corner of the extension and one or two toward the middle of the extension. To do this, pick up a small lock of your horse's hair from the area of the tail directly above where you have wrapped the extension. Now pick up a small lock of hair from the extension. Combine the hair together in your hand and braid tightly. You only need to braid down a couple of inches and secure with a rubber band. Repeat this several times around the tail. Now that the extension is secured by the braids, the lace can be pulled out. If you choose to leave the shoe lace in, loosen the lace so that it does not cut off the blood circulation in the tail. Now drop your upper hair back down and gently brush.

Directions coming soon for the natural loop tails!



 

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