Everyone has a horse tail-keeping philosophy. For some owners this means never touching the tail at all. Or, if you’re like me, you’re obsessed with brushing it and spraying it with a million products until it gleams. I love a long, full tail and in order for my pasture ponies to achieve this, I’ve decided to put their tails up for the winter. This way their tails will remain untangled, clean, and most importantly untouched by me. My over-zealous brushing seems to be hindering their tails from growing really full because, go figure, all my brushing pulls out their hair!
This is quite possibly the easiest sewing project on planet earth. It probably isn’t even necessary to show demo photos, but just in case you are just learning to sew here they are. I, myself, am just learning to sew so this is the perfect beginner project for me! Not to mention, that if you buy a tail bag from a tack store or order one online they’re going to run you somewhere around $10. This cost me nothing. NOTHING. So, it’s an extra good project.
First things first, you’ll need some fabric. This is where I spared myself from paying any money. I had this fabric leftover from another craft project. Most tail bags are made with a stretchy material, but it really doesn’t matter. You could even use an old t-shirt and end up making half a dozen of these babies for next to nothing.
Next, I cut an eight inch wide strip of my fabric.
Mainly because my mom says to, I folded the strip in half and ironed it. “Iron, iron, iron,” she says. And so I do. You could just use pins to hold the fold together, but an iron does make it easier and crisper.
Now time for the fun stuff. It’s simple really. Remember sewing pillows in Home-Ec. class in high school? Same concept. You just want to sew down the side and the bottom, leaving the top open. It is important to back-stitch when you start and stop your seams.
Last, just turn it inside-out like a pillow case.
Voila! Now just cut four small strips down from the top so you can tie into your horse’s braided tail.
I think mine came out out to a couple feet long, but depending on how long your horse’s tail is, it may need to be shorter or longer. This bag was for Kona and his tail is a bit shorter.
Happy trails! And tails!