Pulling a Tail

Many riders are familiar with pulling a mane to keep it even, but most aren't comfortable pulling a tail. "That's probably a good thing," notes Calvin Lewis, who manages Quail Ridge Farm just outside Charlottesville, Va. "Overzealous pulling can really diminish the way a tail looks for a long, long time. You can turn a nice tail into a thin, ragged one in no time at all."

He begins by working his fingers through the tail to feel the column of squarish tail bones. Running a comb down either side of the column, he parts the hairs. Those directly over the tail are left untouched; those on the other side of the part are thinned for a neater, more refined appearance.

"Just take a small section of hair, no more than about half an inch," he says. "Hold on to the longest hairs and tease the shorter hairs back, wrap them around the comb and pull in one quick, short motion."

Don't work one area too long; you will run the risk of pulling too much. "Get rid of a few stragglers, then move to another section," Lewis advises. "You can always go back and take out a few more hairs if you're not satisfied with the overall effect once you've finished."

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