There is much debate between those in the showing circles over how one should present their show pony’s tail. Of course, if you are lucky enough to have a native, you are blessed with not having to make such a decision. But many of us are faced with the choice between a neat dutch braid down the centre of the tail, or a neatly pulled and uniform tail. Each present their own set of problems.
Heres the thing, whichever you decided to do, you pretty much have to commit to for the rest of the season; This is why so many amateur show pony owners and all-rounders who do only a little bit of showing go for plaiting the tail. I have noticed tail plaiting to have become more common, although historically plaited tails are not strictly correct in a ridden class. However, it looks smart if done properly; you cannot expect to get top marks in a turnout class if your plaiting is not top notch, which takes time and practise. Hence, many opt for the pulled tail, but once it is done there is no going back and over-pulling cannot just be undone; you have to work with it for the next month of shows.
Pulling probably saves time in the long run; you won’t have to stress the morning before the show frantically trying to plait a pony that won’t stop walking around the stable. Your pony’s tail also will not become weakened and broken over time that frequent plaiting does to the hairs. however, do not be deceived; pulled tails require consistent maintenance; wetting them and bandaging them in order to get hairs to lay flat and even continuously; nothing looks worse than a pulled tail that has been rubbed by the pony so the hairs stick out left right and centre. But then again, a plaited tail that has been rubbed in the trailer doesn’t look good either.
Both have their pros and cons, which I will summarise for you in this handy table:
So what will I do with my pony Pixie? Well, judging by her current tail state, it looks as if her tail was pulled at her previous home which is growing out. However, her tail is very thin so I’m not sure pulling is the way forward for her either. So, I’m stuck in the same box as you.
I’m sure whatever decision you choose will be the right one for you and your pony! Just remember: whichever you choose, hairspray is your friend.
until next time,