How to preserve a tail?

jokadoka

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Bit of an odd question I know, but I lost my beautiful boy yesterday and have kept his tail. It is plaited. I don't want it to perish so how do I keep/treat it?
Many thanks
 

Gloi

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I still have some hair from my first pony from over 40 years ago. It is in a little tin and still looks the same as when it was new so don't worry too much so long as you keep it dry and out of the sun.
 

Shay

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So sorry for your loss. I have most of My Sec A's tail (felt horrible taking it - but the whole thing was horrible.) and it has kept just fine the last few years. My understanding it that as hair is a dead structure anyway it keeps for decades without a problem. But you might want to ask the view of a taxidermist. I fully intend to get bits of hair woven into jewellery for my daughter & I - but I haven't yet found "the" piece for him. RIP - both your and mine.
 

freckles22uk

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Is it just the hair or the complete tail? If its just the hair it should be fine, I would wash it, make sure its dried completely, then perhaps mount it in a box frame to show it off, people have jewellery made out of hair so I cant see a problem with it perishing.. if its the complete tail I would contact a taxidermist .
 

jokadoka

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Thanks for replies. It is just the hair, not the complete tail. I have also thought about the jewelry, but for now just want to keep it safe until I feel 'ready' to do something with it. Reassuring to know it can last 40 odd years, never would have thought that!
 

Makemineacob

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I've got a piece of horsehair that is about 10 years old and kept in a keepsake box and still looks and feels exactly the same. Definitely have a look at the horsehair jewellery when you're ready. Very sorry for you and hope the hair will bring you fond memories of many happy times together. *hug*
 

Damnation

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I have about 1/2 my last mare's tail and it has just been plaited in a drawer in my bedroom for the last 5 and a half years with no problems :)

It even still smells like her..
 
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