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Tail Tales (Get It?)
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Tail Tales (Get It?)

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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  1. rosebandanas
    My quarter horse, Charger, would occasionally have back issues and would get relief with chiropractor visits. When I would go to saddle him if his back was bothering him, he would turn his head around to the left and look at me as if to say “yes I will carry you even though I am feeling it today”. More often then not I would ride him bareback as it was a lot easier for me then hauling his saddle back and forth to the barn from home. It was on one of those bareback rides when I realized what he was telling me because as I sat on him it felt like I was staddeling a board fence. When he was fine we were very balanced. After that I knew what he was telling me.
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