It’s not unusual for hunters and other show horses to use tail extensions to blend in with their own tails for a thicker, more perfect look for the ring. But one California equestrian has turned the concept into a thriving business.
Chanel Rhodes got the idea to create a hair piece for her horse to celebrate Black History Month in 2019, one that “would showcase the power, authenticity and creativity of the Black cowgirl.” She named her first piece “Afrocentric Pony” and that was just the start. After making 40-50 prototypes, Rhodes started her own business, Mane Tresses, where horse owners can shop for a variety of looks including matching mane-and-tail combos.
And if you think Rhodes is sticking to traditional shades of bay and chestnut, think again. We’re talking pinks, blues, reds, and every colour of the rainbow that allows horse owners of all ages to enjoy a touch of whimsy. Prices range from $50-$275 (USD).
Rhodes’ work has developed an active following and she has been featured on Access Daily, Cowgirl Magazine, and Young Black Equestrians the Podcast, among others.
Rhodes, who is a first-generation equestrian who grew up in Los Angeles, currently owns two horses, a Paint named Lady and a bay OTTB. She rides and competes both horses in English and Western. You can find Rhodes on her website, or on Instagram @cowgirl_chanel or @manetressescc where she documents her various creations.