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Find the desired location for the tail extension,
This is approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of the way down the tail bone but will vary based upon length of your horse’s.
Remember you need to have enough upper feathers to cover the top portion of your extension.
Next, pull the shorter hairs of the horse's tail up and secure with bands or clips to keep it out of the way.
Fold the top sewn section of the extension around yours horse's and have an assistance hold it in place.
Pick up the shoe lace on each side of the extension, wrap the laces twice around the tail bone and tie snuggly
in a bow on the front side of the extension.
Doing this will help to form the top of your extension around your horse’s tail bone.
The laces are only meant to provide temporary support and 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.
On one edge, pick up a small lock of your horse’s hair from above the top of the extension.
Then pick up a lock of hair from your extension.
Now braid the two together, securing the braid with a rubber band. Repeat this on the other side.
Now, move down the tail. You will be doing 2 more braids on each side on the extension
Now, move down the tail again. You should be close to the end of the tail bone.
We are going to do one last braid.
This time we are going to pick up a lock of hair from each edge of the extension
and a lock of hair from THE BACK of your horse’s tail and braid together (see photo).
Doing this pulls the sides of the extension all the way around to the back of the tail forming a tube
around the lower portion of your horses tail.
Now that the extension is secured by the braids, the lace can be removed.
If you choose to leave the lace in place be sure to loosen it so that it does not cut off the blood circulation in the tail.
Also make sure the lace does NOT run through the braided section.
If the lace is mixed in with the braids it would be considered supporting and you could be disqualified if there is a Hair To Hair Rule.
The FIRST TIME, you attach the extension will need to trim the bottom to create a custom fit for your horse.
The extension should fall to about the fetlock area and should NOT drag the ground when the horse backs.
If it does, move the extension higher up the or trim it a little shorter so that the horse can back without stepping on the extension.
All tails are 100% Natural Horse Hair and should be shampooed and conditioned regularly.
Blow dry and fluff your extension to give it a full look.
To remove knots use your fingers or gently brush, DON’T PULL, your tail extension.
Do not leave your tail extension attached overnight.
Remove the extension after your day of competition is complete.
With the Tie-in style, you may leave your braided section in overnight.
However, the next day prior to attaching your extension be sure to check that the braid is still snug.
To maintain the health of your horse’s tail, it is important that you remove the braided section at the end of the show weekend.