Your new Showtailsrus extension is made of real horse hair. Taking
special care and handling will insure a long lasting tail extension. Your tail extension will come braided, to get the waves
out from braiding unbraid and spray with showsheen, let dry and brush. Please, store in a protective tail bag or case
and be sure it is completely dry before storing.
for loop top extensions:
- Separate your
horse's real tail into 2 sections, front and back. Clip or rubber band them out of your way. Go about 1 inch up from the bottom
of the tail bone on each side of the tail bone. Gather a section of hair about the width of your little finger and braid about
4 inches long on the right side. Rubber band the bottom of the braid. Now do the same on the left side.
- Take your tail extension and place the top of it about 1 inch from bottom of the tail bone.
Pull both braids through the loop. You should have 2 braids facing you. Cross them over each other making an X and take
them back around to the back of the extension. Make a half knot, pull it snug and bring back to the front and double
knot. Because the braids are made of horse hair, the knot will not get overly tight. Rubber band after tying the knot with
a couple bands to hold them in place.
- Take electrical
tape and wrap it around the knots a few times to be sure the horsehair knots do not come undone. Remove the hair that was
banded in the beginning to keep it out your way, and fluff. You should not be able to see the top of the extension or
the electrical tape after doing this. Use Showsheen or Lasersheen (any brand will do) in both your horses' tail and some in
the extension to help blend the tails. Brush tail with a wide tooth human hair brush, hold the whole tail towards
the top while brushing at the bottom to prevent pulling out your horses's tail and also hair from the extension. The
tail extension will shed a few hairs and this is normal.
The electrical tape is OPTIONAL, but it helps in the added security that your tail will not fall out if stepped on.
*****PLEASE NOTE****If the extension seems to be getting stuck in between the horse's back legs while
moving, spray some Showsheen on his or her back legs and hocks. This helps for the tail to slide instead of getting hung up
between it's legs. Also, be sure that your horse's chestnuts are trimmed and are smooth, otherwise some of the hair from the
extension may get snagged on them and cause the tail to get stuck between the legs.
To remove the tail, simply remove the electrical tape, untie the braids, and unbraid the horse's original
Care of your Showtailsrus tail
- Your new tail extension will arrive braided, to remove the waves from the
extension, unbraid the tail then spray with Showsheen, let dry and brush.
- Always store tail extension hanging or laying flat and in a tail bag or cloth tube sock
only. Tails can be stored braided or unbraided.
- Washing your extension is allowed, but take care to wash only when necessary and take care not to get the
overlay wet for extended periods of time.
sure your tail is dry before putting it away and storing.
- Do not leave extensions in your horse's overnight.
- Brush your extensions with a normal human hair brush...these seem to work
best and do less damage.
wash and basically treat the extension tail the same way you treat your horses natural tail. Be very gentle to avoid breakage,
splitting and overall damage to the extension.
- When brushing through the extension, saturate with Showsheen (we find this brand works best) or a comparable
spray on conditioner/detangler to keep extension hairs manageable. Brush through extension hairs while holding the top part
of the extension in a tight fisted hand to absorb the majority of the pulling from the brush. Most importantly...DO NOT panic
if your tail extension looses some hair! Keep in mind the obvious..these are made of real horse hair and some shedding is
- Longevity of your extension
is greatly due to proper care and constant conditioning. Always use a leave in conditioner (spray) in your extension. When
washing your extension, choose a good rinse out conditioner..such as Rio Vista or Mane and Tail.
- Tail extensions can become brittle and dry and dull in appearance. This is why
it is most important to make every effort to care and maintain your extension for added life, use and longevity. Your extension
should last years if properly taken care of!
- Care, condition and enjoy!!