The Swish of a Tail

It’s  summer and on horse farms all around the country that means one thing – Bugs.  And it feels like horses attract them all.  Or a good majority of them anyway.

That’s why horses are so proud of their tails.  Or at least they’re glad they have one.  The longer the better.  Manes and forelocks help too.   So, it’s tail swishing season. Take a look at this video I took the other day.

This is princess and Belle swishing tails.

princess and belles tail

Belle is very good at the tail movement thing.She does it any time she can.  Including when I’m back there trying to groom her.  Boom- tail swat in the face or arm.  I try not to take it personally, but you know??





Look at that – tail and mane synchronized.

major and mini backsideThis is Major (long tail) and Mini (docked tail).  Mini apparently was supposed to be a carriage horse at one time or another so they docked her tail which is done many times to carriage horses.  It’s too bad cause now Mini can’t protect herself as well from the attack of bugs.  And she never has pulled a carriage.


flash tail

Flash fanning his white tail.

majors braided tailThis braided tail on Major looks cool – to humans anyway.  Not so sure horses like it, especially if it makes it hard for them to swatch flys with.  Cause in bug season – that’s what tails do best.

About learningtolovehorses

Stumbling into the horse world about six years ago - what I've learned and continue to learn from horses could fill a blog. I live an hour and a half north of Chicago and my oldest daughter and I pasture- board five horses on a nearby farm.
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