Tip for keeping horses tail out of mud

Here is a great way to keep your horses tail out of the mud or snow. I use this method so that my horses tails will be full and long during the nice summer months. I should have zoomed in a little more on the figure 8 but you should be able to see it pretty good. I make the bottom loop of the 8 first and then pass the extra hair above and back through.


  1. Kristina on March 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I do my mare’s tail in knots similar to this but have never put vetrap on them. Does this make the knots easier to remove later (I’ve battled some serious tangles in the past)? How long do you generally leave them in before redoing them?

    • Stacy on March 19, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      Yes, it keeps the mud out as well as everything else. I take them down if the tail looks dirty and needs to be washed or if I notice hairs breaking. I try to put conditioner in the knot if I am leaving it up long. Over the winter when I am lazy I have left them up to a month on some horses.

  2. Tabitha on March 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Great now if you want his tail long how do you get them out? How many do i need to do if i do his tail like this?

  3. Laurie on March 5, 2012 at 9:45 am

    great idea. Do you have any suggestions for helping to prevent rubbing of the mane from winter blankets? I live in Alberta Canada and my horse can maintain her mane for most of the winter despite blankets, but then as soon as shedding starts, she seems to rub out her mane ARGGGHHH!! I event and need to braid for dressage so this becomes tough! Plus a little mane for security on cross country is handy to have!

    • Stacy on March 8, 2012 at 10:20 am

      If it is the blanket rubbing then you can used a slinky to help but it sounds like she RUBS it out. I would probably try using MTG before the problem even begins. It is very oily and may prevent any itching she gets when shedding. One of our horses, a 2 year old, decided to rub his out last year. I did a photo shoot with him and then turned him out for the weekend. He came in BALD! I had to look a the photos to remember what he looked like. It is almost back now. That would be tough if it happened every year!

      • Laurie on March 8, 2012 at 10:23 am

        Thanks Stacy – I do have some of that, though I admit I hate the smell of it and haven’t used it lately haha. I will give it a try as I’ve moved up to Prelim in eventing, and would really like some mane for the Cross Country 🙂

  4. nikki on March 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

    🙂 thats an interessting way to do…
    Chary Mate, my paint, rolls in the mud like a little happy pig… so he sometimes has mud inside his ears!
    I simply Braid his tail from top to bottom. So he has all fall and winter long a braided tail! 🙂
    I love your little tip, but if I would start doing that on our farm, people would think that now I ve gone completely mad!! 😉 I would use the color red so for my forlegged grey one!
    Thanks for all those cool and awesome tips. I love your blogg! Big cheers.

    • Tabitha on March 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      How do you get the mad out of his ears.Now that i thank about it .My horse has something in his ear and now I thank it may be mud .how do i get that out of his ear? He will not let me touch that ear.I can see it .

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