Why do horses swish or wring or use their tails? With and without riders…


Stacy Westfall Horseblog

I know I am opening a huge can of worms here….but lets talk about horses using their tails. I am talking about tail swishing, tail wringing, etc. Three videos are included:

Do horses ever use their tails because of the rider? Yes

Do horses ever use their tails because of discomfort? Yes

Do horse ever use their tails because of pleasure? Yes

Do horses ever use their tails because of excitement or exertion? Yes

How about these horses playing in the mud…and wringing their tails?

Lets ask some more horses what they think.

Lets look at this cutting horse…OH, he has no rider

Do horses ever use their tails to complain about the work they are being asked to do….not because the work is unreasonable, but just because they would rather not?

If we can allow for the idea that horses, like humans, have opinions on work…then lets look…

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3 Responses to Why do horses swish or wring or use their tails? With and without riders…

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  2. Thanks, Sue, and I understand. The third video is a spectacular Dressage performance and the horse is enjoying herself immensely.

  3. Sue Pollock says:

    I’m not a horse person per se (just as Albert of my past experiences and you’ll understand why) but I always find these type articles so interesting.

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