False Tail (E)

Attaching a False Tail (English)

What You Need:

  • False tail
  • Rubber bands
  • Tail brush
  • Blunt Forceps
  • No-Nots

Before You Start:

  • Ensure your false tail is clean. Spray with No-Nots and brush clean if the tail is not in good condition.

To attach a false tail for English/Show

  1. Spray the tail with No-Nots. Brush out the hair to separate the strands.
  2. Find the end of the tailbone and separate the tail hair into two large sections with the middle of the tail bone in between both tail sections.
  3. Gather together a small 1cm section of hair from one side of the tailbone and a small 1cm section of hair from the other side. Note: When you have this section of hair, the parting of the hair around this section will appear like a circle. This end section of hair that grows out of the bottom of the tailbone will form the base of your plait.
  4. Place a rubber band around the rest of the tail to keep it away from your tailbone plait.
  5. Divide the tailbone hair section into three pieces and begin a very firm plait for an approx. length of 15cm. Apply two bands at the end of your tailbone plait.
  6. Collect your false tail and forceps. Insert the blunt forceps through the base of the plait. Clasp the top loop of the false tail with the forceps and pull back through the top of the plait.
  7. Insert the forceps through the exposed loop of the false tail. Clasp the bottom of the plait hair at the rubber band, then pull the plait back through the exposed loop of the false tail.
  8. Attach two rubber bands to the plait and the false tail to secure together.
  9. Undo the plait holding the remaining tail hair. Brush out the tail and false tail hair together to blend.
  10. Trim the remaining natural tail hairs to match the length of the false tail. Ideally, tail length should not exceed the chestnut markings.
  11. To remove the false tail, simply remove the two bands holding the two tails together. Take your scissors and carefully cut the two bands at the end of the tailbone plait. Undo the plait and slide the false tail off. Brush the horse’s natural tail to finish.

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Chanele Hunter-Cooke - Show Rider and NRG Team Ambassador

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