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post #1 of 11 Old 09-08-2009, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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2 things: mane and tail

I have two questions regarding manes and tails. I may have overlooked the answers, but can't hurt to ask here.

1. Tail: Murray use to have such a long beautiful tail, now it's like gone. It use to be full right to the bottom, now it's not. Anything/anyway I can get it back to it's fullness?

2. Mane: I hate thinning manes as I have troubles doing so. So (stupidly) I cut Murray's mane to a length I'd like to have it and try to thin it. Any special tricks in doing so? Thanks.

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-08-2009, 06:53 PM
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Mane: It's best to pull a mane after the horse has been worked. Supposedly then the pores are more open and the hair will come out easier. If you horse dislikes mane pulling, stand on a stool and pull the hair in an upward pull.
What I do for mane thinning is to do like fifteen minutes of it once/twice a week. My mare's tolerance is high, but for some horses even five minutes is too long. So just do a little bit at a time, don't try to hack through it in one day.
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For his tail, the best thing to do is apply MTG to the base of the tail once and week, every week. Wash the tail once a week and put conditioner in it, then leave it braided the rest of the time. DO NOT brush it. Brushing it acctually thins it out and makes it much more frizzy in the long run.

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When I got Twist, he had a pretty sad tail (it still is a bit sad), but he and a mare I used to have, both lived with their tails in bags. I rinsed them out once a week, NEVER brushed them, unless drenched in conditioner. I LOVE cowboy magic's detangler and shine, and would rub that in, braid in, and bag it. Her tail, was crazy long and full before I knew it!
I worry about using MTG, mostly because you're supposed to put it at the roots, which attracks dirt and yuckiness that then gets stuck and tangles the hair, etc. and it kinda smells icky!

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thanks ladies!

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Love That Tail is also really good for conditioning and encouraging growth. You can leave it in, though I usually rinse some of it out because it's pretty thick, then braid the tail/bag it. It's good stuff!
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post #7 of 11 Old 09-10-2009, 07:23 PM
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I LOVE the way that stuff smells!!!!

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It really leaves your hands soft, too!!
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-13-2009, 11:00 AM
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All the aforementioned suggestions are what I was going to say, I will just add that keeping it braided/in a tail bag with lots of conditioner should help. Just pay lots of attention to it, as if it was a million dollar tail! It will start to grow. And as the winter months approach more and more he won't be using his tail for flies making it easier to keep a braid/tail bag on. Good luck!!

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HaHa wordstoasong - like that signature phrase!

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