I have an absolutly BRILLIANT way to do mud knots, but I don't think I can explain it here without pictures....
It'll look like this -
1) Just below the tail bone divide the tail in half.
2) Hold the left half in your left hand pick up the outside half of the remaining half and group it with the hair in your left hand, leaving a hunk from the middle of the tail hanging down.
3) Twist the entire length of tail that is in your left hand until it's so tight it starts to flip up.
4) Hold the end of the twisted section with your right hand.
5) Take your left hand palm down at the base of the tail bone. Grab the tail and guide it into a turn by flipping your hand over.
6) Keeping everything tight continue wrapping the tail up around the tail bone, when you get to the last bit of tail leave approx. 3inchs and fold it back to make a little loop (or button) hold it against the tail with your left hand.
7) With your right hand taking the remaining hair and twist it was best you can, by rotating your hand.
8) Starting with the intial twist of the mane tail wrap this section up and around the tail. You should get to the point where you have the left over section of the left portion while still having approx 5 inches of this most recent section. Wrap it around and around and around the looped back portion of tail. When it's all wrapped up tuck it under one of the small "rolls" from when you were wrapping the hair around the tail.
I'll try to figure out how to take pictures of the process for you. This is much more secure than your average mud knot, but just like tail wraps it should not be left in for hours and hours on end.
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