Short tails, long tails

Global Horse Culture Archive on October 5, 2007, 8:56

Some breeds of horse traditionally have their tails docked. This means that some portion of the actual tail (the bone and muscle part, not the hair) is cut off, leaving a short stub. The hair that grows from the docked tail hangs down a bit, but is no where near as long and thick as it would be if the tail were not docked. Docking is not terribly common, but when it does occur is most typically found in draft horses and a few other harness breeds, such as the Hackney, and usually only in horses used in the show ring, not working farm horses.

The original point of docking the tail