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Tail-less horse gets hair extensions following public appeal

Bob the horse
Image caption The rescue horse lost its tail after a former owner left a wet tail bandage on, killing the hair follicles

A rescue horse without a tail has been fitted with fake hair extensions following a public appeal.

Bob the horse lost his tail after a former owner left a wet tail bandage on too long, killing the hair follicles.

Taken in by Ferne Animal Sanctuary in Chard almost a year ago, the horse was unable to swot away horseflies and became covered in bites.

Nicky Haddock, from the refuge, said: "We had an amazing response and now he has a winter and a summer tail".

Image caption The fake tail is put on each morning and taken off each evening "after the horse flies have gone away"

Costing upwards of £75, the animal charity managed to get Bob two "nice long" artificial tails following an appeal for funds.

Created by a specialist horse hair extensions company, the fake tails "match his colour" and are put on each morning and taken off each evening "after the horse flies have gone away" Ms Haddock said.

She said: "We're getting a bit of practice and it's getting a bit tidier each time, so hopefully he doesn't have to be embarrassed.

"It reaches all around his backend so he can knock all the flies off and he's been helping to knock the flies off the other horses as well, so he is definitely feeling the benefit."

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