April 10, 2008

A Paint horse in the United States has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records as having the longest horse's tail, at 12.5 feet (3.81 metres). The official length of JJS Summer Breeze's tail was noted in January by Guinness.

When outside the arena, JJS Summer Breeze's tail is kept braided braided and covered in a white tube sock.

But the gentle "Summer" is well known at EquiFest, occurring each year at the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita, for her long tail. The mare, now 11 years old, has been displayed there since a filly. Summer was born with a normal-sized tail, but at some point its growth boomed.

The extremely long mane would enter the mare's mouth when she ate, that's why it is partially chewed off. The mane too could be a record, but the owners barely considered registering the horse for her tail in the Guinness Book.

Owner Crystal Socha combs out and shampoos Summer's tail once every two months, and the operation takes three hours. Each hair strand has the consistency of fishing line.

"I don't think I've ever gotten every knot out of that tail. It takes a lot longer in the summer when she's flicking at flies. When it's out and it's flowing, then I know why it's worth it," said Crystal.

The tail is braided in 10 minutes.