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    08-27-2011, 03:19 AM
For anyone who wants a tangle-free, soft, fantastic tail.

I thought I'd share. I haven't seen any other threads about this, but it's a wonderful and cheap secret.

At any dollar store, Wal-Mart...most grocery stores too I believe. They carry a product for ethnic women called Pink. The oil sheen spray that comes in the aerosol can - and the aerosol kind is the only kind that really does well - works absolute wonders on tails, and costs $2-$3 a can, lasts forever.

I would not recommend it right before you braid, because while it doesn't leave an oily residue, it does make it a little slick. However, regular use and carefully brushing out the tail can produce a soft and shiny tail that has wonerful texture beyond immediate application.

I have used it 1-2 times a week on Amber for 8 months, and her tail almost has the texture of human hair now, and is very strong and resistant to breakage.

Everyone asks what I use on her tail. I was lunging her the other evening, and when I brought her in, a visitor at the barn immediately asked what I was doing to make her tail so nice.

There is nothing better. I would never pay $15-$20 a bottle for the high-dollar brands. As with show-sheen, you don't want to use it before you tack up, but it also shines a coat and repels dirt like no other.
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    08-27-2011, 11:33 AM
I have heard of using ethnic sprays on their manes and tails. My trainer uses it, to slick down and shine up all the little fuzzys around their mane. Can't beat the price either. :)

I prefer to stay away from any products in general for my horse, but I have seen some nice stuff be done with stuff like this.
    08-27-2011, 04:18 PM
Thank you! I use a ??? Gel ??? From the ethnic hair section to keep the fly aways down but never thought about a spray. Can't wait to get some :)
    08-27-2011, 05:27 PM
How interesting, I'll have to try that. Norm's tail is wavy, so he gets dreadlocks if I don't brush it religiously. Lol Thanks for sharing!
    08-28-2011, 05:23 PM
Green Broke
Thats great! I am soo looking for this product :)
    08-29-2011, 02:09 PM
O M G!! $3 vs $13 (for Show Sheen)?!?!?!?
I'm gettin' it.
RANT: I have been battling burdock at my place for 2 years now. POOR ponies get taken out JUST to take them out of the manes and tails.
Thanks for posting this!!!!!
OH, I wouldn't use it on my horse's coat if I'm thinking about riding bareback, either! ROFL
    08-29-2011, 11:04 PM
I actually really prefer the Pink hair lotion to the spray. I think a lot of it depends on the particular texture of the mane or tail you're dealing with. My draft cross mare's hair is coarse and kinky, and I find that the lotion does a better job of making it soft and smooth.
    08-29-2011, 11:07 PM
Green Broke
We use braid spray for ethnic hair, brand is Africa best, as well as other products, work great.
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    08-29-2011, 11:57 PM
Green Broke
Oh, I just asked about "Pink" in another post. I will have to check it out. I am always looking for a good detangler!
    08-30-2011, 12:30 AM
I also use Kolestral, comes in a small jar on the ethnic aisle, 2 or 3 bucks and I can use it to 'hot oil' condition 2 or 3 horses with one jar. And Doo Grow, a small bottle of sweet smelling oil, rubbed into the head of the tail and base of the mane really keeps the dandruff-y, flakey looking stuff down. Cheap! You can buy Kolestral at Sally's Beauty Supply for $26/gallon and even with heavy showing of 4-6 horses in my string, it still lasts me more than a year.

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