by Jeff Cornish September. 14, 2011 4481 views

A horse's tail is in many ways more important, and more expressive, than the tails of some other animals.

Anatomists say the tail is an extension of the horse's spinal column, and, indeed, it contains a series of vertebrae – up to 18 or more. Horse tails also consist of muscles and their ligaments, arteries, skin and hair.

The hair of a horse's tail is interesting. It is made of keratin, and is closer in substance to our fingernails (or to its own hooves) than it is to the hair on our head. A strand of horse tail hair contains three distinct layers; the middle layer governs whether the hair curls or is straight – this, in turn, is mainly dictated by the breed of horse.

Like that of the mane, a horse's tail is capable of being greatly enhanced in appearance by its owner. (source:Squidoo.com

A horse's tail is very important to him. Not only does it act as a fly swatter in summer, it keeps his “bottom” warm in winter! The area between a horse's hind legs is the only part not kept warm by hair, so it loses the greatest amount of warmth if left exposed by too much trimming.

From a horse's point of view, the best tail is a natural tail.

Some horses have thin ragged tails, while others have tails so thick they cannot be braided for formal riding events and shows. To make the best of their appearance, thick or thin, different tails are treated in different ways. Some styles even go in and out of fashion! (source: horsefun.com)

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Ray King 7 years, 12 months ago

One can never know too much about animal butt. I never considered a horse's tail coming in to or going out of style. I like the photo.

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Jennifer Litwinowicz 8 years ago

I now know everything I will ever need to know if the subject of horse tails ever comes up in a game show or trivia game! Haha great shot!

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Yves Monast 8 years ago

amazing pic even more for your info texte!!!!!

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Darlene Foster 8 years ago

Great info to go with your tail shot!

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Nynke 8 years ago

Very nice photo! Who knew there was so much to tell about a horse tail ;)

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Marilyn Grimble 8 years ago

Jeff...shame about the barbed wire!!
Shit happens...or looks as if it's about to!

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Brenda Nelson 8 years ago

I like the image and I love the information! Who knew??

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