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Some ponytails need little help

Saturday, August 25, 2012

In case you've ever wondered, 90 percent of the tails are real on all walking horses.

But there's no denying that some horses need some help with their ponytails for the show ring.

For horses it can be a necessity in how striking they look.

Extensions create a full effect in horses, just as they do for women.

Real tails on some Tennessee walking horses sometimes don't grow long enough to look as good as artificial tails.

"If there is a glitch in a horse's tail growth, especially in young horses," said Chris Coffey, director of marketing for the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association, "we connect an extension to their real tail such as a person does a wig."

"It just gives their tail a better flow during shows and other performances," he said.

The tails can be applied to all horses and is made of other horses' hair that had hair to spare.

The extension is called a switch and ranges in price from $100 to $400 depending on the tail length, he said.

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