A horse tail goes a long way.
In fact, you could say there's a tale in every tail.
What's that? I need to stop with the puns already? Alright, I understand. That'll be the last hair off your back from me. That's not the saying? Well, whatever. I'm here to talk to you all about horse tails.
You know there's a language to it. And you know that each horse has a different personality, so that language changes. Over time, you'll come to realize what your horse is saying to you when it flips its tail around--or if it was just trying to scare off a fly or two.
When your horse is afraid, the tail will be lower, against the buttocks. Tail between the legs, and all that. When a horse is focused on something and it's being cautious, the tail will be high. You won't be able to sneak anything past this alert horse. And when your horse is angry, that tail just won't stop swishing back and forth, much like an angry cat. Perhaps you're late with food.
But the reason I'm writing this post is because I found a new one. My horse, Daisy Duchess, has decided that her new favorite game is to get my attention by whipping me with her tail. She'll come up on my right as I'm leaned over to fill her water and suddenly I'm spitting out long black hairs. She seems to think this is very funny, I swear. I have to wonder if this is an endearment thing, or if she's wondering if she can get me to do something for her if she does.
Maybe it's just a coincidence, but horses are so smart... no, it's definitely not. I'd like to know what your horse's languages are, especially with the tails, but feel free to comment below with their ear and face personalities as well!
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