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Horse Tail Extension Styles

There are several options available when selecting the right tail for your needs. Most styles are a matter of personal preference. If you are unsure of what tail would be best for your needs, please contact me!

Tail Extension

There are several options when buying a tail. Here are the options to chose from.

Standard Tails

String top

String Attachment

To the left is an example of a string attachment. The strings are made from 100% horsehair and are braided in with the tail. Both strings are made from braided horsehair.

 

loop top

Loop Attachment

Note: Most tails have thicker strings than shown here

To the left is an example of a loop attachment. The loops are made from 100% horsehair and are braided in with the tail. The loops are made of a thicker braid than the string attachment. Single loops are typically used for 1/4 tails and double loops for larger tails.

 

Both Loop and String Attachments

*Trainer Recommended*

You can also choose both attachment methods. This is very popular and for good reason. It allows the tail to be attached using two completely different methods. This means the tail is more versatile and if both attachments are used at the same time then it is also more secure. This is typically only recommended for tails that are a full pound or heavier but if you want to put both on a lighter tail than you are more than welcome to. This is also very popular for those who have different people getting their horses ready for shows every week. This option allows the person putting the tail in to choose which method works best for them. Trainers love this tail for this very reason!

Pull Through/ Slide on Attachment

Tails set up with the pull through attachment method will have a hole through the center of the tail that will allow you to slide hair or a braid through and attach using a tying method. Just make a 10 inch braid at the bottom of your horse's tail.  Feed the braid through the hole in the switch, snug the switch up to the bone, knot the braid twice, then put two elastic bands around the existing knots and you are all done. 

Tails can also be split up into several pieces to create a more natural look. For example you can have a full pound tail split up into three pieces and when you put your tail in you will have three pieces to put in. This tends to be most common in hunter horses but is also becoming more popular for the pleasure horse industry. Splitting your tail up is not recommended for beginners or those who do not have very much time on show days.

 

Braided Single Loop/ Natural Loop Tails

Natural Loop

Single Loop

The thin pliable top lies very flat against the tail bone which allows the tail extension to be concealed easily. The Natural Loop attaches to the hairs of the tail bone by braiding a section of the horse's tail through the loop at the top of the extension. This extension has a fairly thin profile and fans out from the top which provides for a very natural look. It is also a great choice for Hunters showing with Braided tails. It's also great for horses with thin tails who don't have enough hair to cover the cap type extensions.

 

Wrap Around Tails

Wrap Around Strings

Double String

This extension does not have a cap thus giving your horse a natural look. The Wrap-Around works great for horses competing in action events such as jumping or for horses that tend to swish or "use" their tail. We also recommend this extension for horse's with thin tails who don't have enough hair to cover the cap style extensions.

Wrap Around

Double Loop

This extension does not have a cap thus giving your horse a natural look. The Wrap-Around works great for horses competing in action events such as jumping or for horses that tend to swish or "use" their tail. We also recommend this extension for horse's with thin tails who don't have enough hair to cover the cap style extensions.

 

Natural Taper vs. the Blunt cut.

Natural Taper

Natural Taper

To the left is an example of a natural taper tail. The tail can be more tapered or semi-blunt cut tapered like the one pictured depending on personal preference. This type is very popular with hunter horses and halter horses. This style is also starting to become more common in the western pleasure ring for those competitors that want a more natural looking tail. This type is also recommended for yearling and futurity horses.

Blunt Cut

To the right is an example of a blunt cut tail. This style is most popular at the stock type shows. It is most commonly tail found at the AQHA and APHA shows and also in the western pleasure arena.

Blunt Cut

If you are unsure which one will work best for you please contact me!



 

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