Honest question: Long tails?

I know one thing we all love about Morgans is their ability to grow long manes and tails, but… aren’t the very, very long tails seen in some show horses a safety issue?

I got to watch a little bit of the live streaming from OKC, and saw a couple of horses in an equitation class rear up or otherwise freak out when they were asked to canter from a halt, and stepped on their tails.  I have also seen a mare get very agitated during the line-up when the horse next to her stepped on her tail as he was coming in, horses not back properly because they stepped on their tails, and so forth.

I keep my Morgan’s tail trimmed to fetlock length.

5 Responses to Honest question: Long tails?

  1. RaeOfLight says:

    I agree. If a tail is long enough that it needs tied under a cart so it doesn’t get caught up in the wheels then it needs to be trimmed in my opinion. I know a lot of people think it adds to the picture, but there comes a point of diminishing returns. Once you reach a certain point it starts looking bad. I like a long, full tail. But when it starts looking unnatural it’s less attractive to me.

  2. empressive says:

    One of my mares her tail is very long. I’ve practised reaching back, grabbing the tail, and lifting it up before backing. It’s not easy let me tell you something, but it can be done undersaddle.

  3. RaeOfLight says:

    Not everyone has the luxury of being as young and limber as you, empressive :)

  4. empressive says:

    Hey! We should make a new invention! Like a coat wire you can catch the tail with and move the tail so or is not stepped on! LOL

  5. Trisha says:

    It really depends on the horse and the tail itself. A long stringy tail doesn’t usually look good the longer and thinner it gets and you’d be better off trimming off the three feet dragging with only twenty hairs. Some horses could care less if they step on their tail once in a while and others hate it. We had a horse with a really nice thick tail, but after stepping on his tail one too many times during classes he decided he didn’t want to back nicely. So we ended up trimming about two feet off and sure enough he backed!

    And I’ll just say that I really hate to see tail trimmed straight across; if you are going to trim your horses tail, cut it so it looks natural!

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