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    Default Ribbons... And Horses Tails!

    I Have looked on many websites to see what ribbons mean. But the only good ones i have found are american, and it might mean something different over there.
    What are the colours and what do they mean??
    I know Red Means Lick/watch out.

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    Green I believe to signify a novice, ie: first time out hunting
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    white = stallion
    green = youngster
    red = tempermental

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    Horse Ribbon Not For Decoration
    You may have seen it at a show, a lovely horse trotting around the ring sporting a fancy red ribbon in his tail. Sure it is pretty, but did you know that it also has a meaning? Surprisingly, many riders do not.
    You may have seen it at a show, a lovely horse trotting around the ring sporting a fancy red ribbon in his tail. Sure it is pretty, but did you know that it also has a meaning? Surprisingly, many riders do not.

    The tradition started many years ago. Riders would place a ribbon in their horse's tail when riding in the hunt to warn other riders of things they might not have the time to tell them before the ride. When there are a lot of horses working in a group, it can be hard to know which horse is which, and a ribbon makes it clear when there is a something that needs to be considered before approaching.

    Understanding the Color of a Ribbon

    There are four colors of ribbon that you might see on a horse's tail: red, green, blue and white. Each color has its own meaning.

    Red ribbons signify that a horse is a kicker. This means that any other riders should be careful not to crowd the horse, especially from behind. This is the most common color of tail ribbon and thus is the best understood. Often people choose to use a red ribbon if a horse is green or inexperienced because other riders are more likely to understand the meaning.

    A green ribbon means that a horse is inexperienced and likely to misbehave. This is suitable for young horses or for horses who are particularly spooky in nature. If you see a horse with a green ribbon in his tail, approach him with caution. Give him space when riding near him, and be sure to keep an eye on him when in the ring. A green horse may spook or otherwise misbehave in unexpected ways.

    A blue ribbon says that this horse is a stallion. Because stallions should only be handled by adults, and can be unpredictable at times, stallion owners will sometimes use a blue ribbon in his tail to warn off other riders. This is particularly important if you have a mare. It is unfair to a stallion's rider to ride your mare too close to a stallion in the ring, especially if she is in season. The stallion can be the best behaved boy out there, but having an in season mare close by will distract him. In the worst case scenario, you could cause a serious accident by bringing your mare too close to a stallion. Caution is always sensible when seeing a horse with a blue ribbon in his tail.

    White ribbons signify that a horse is for sale. Because it can be difficult to successfully advertise at a show, using a white ribbon is an excellent way to show that your horse is for sale. That way prospective buyers can see him perform in the ring, and know that they can approach you after the class if they are interested.
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    Hmmmmm having read all that, I'm now thinking my girl should have a green ribbon permanently attached !!! LOL !!!
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    Default Re: Ribbons... And Horses Tails!

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    Hmmmmm having read all that, I'm now thinking my girl should have a green ribbon permanently attached !!! LOL !!!

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    I'm with you there lol, think I'll dye my girly's tail green

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    Hmmmmm having read all that, I'm now thinking my girl should have a green ribbon permanently attached !!! LOL !!!

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    I'm with you there lol, think I'll dye my girly's tail green

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    I actually think my mare is trying to dye hers green herself ! the joys of spring grass
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    Dales ponies are shown with ribbons in their tails. Can be any colour but taditionally it's red, white and blue.

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    Default Re: Ribbons... And Horses Tails!

    Ive always wondered if my horse should wear a ribbon - she is prone to big bucks when warming up in the SJ arena - whilst they dont bother me - she could quite easily catch a rider or horse if they ride past too close (which happens a lot in SJ warm ups and also that often winds her up and makes her buck) What colour do I wear - red or green????

    She never would kick another horse so wouldnt want to label her as a kicker by wearing a red ribbon.

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    Default Re: Ribbons... And Horses Tails!

    I think there should also be a purple polka dot ribbon to signify that the horse wearing it is crazy.

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