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    08-27-2012, 05:30 PM
Baby Oil?

Is it ok to use baby oil with Vitamin E as a detangler for a horse's mane/tail? I heard that show sheen and all the others dry out their hair - would the baby oil be a good alternative? Would it be ok for my horse's dry skin patches too?
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    08-27-2012, 07:03 PM
I have used baby oil for tangled tails, I don't think it has any of the drying silicones that Show Sheen and others have.

I started getting Coconut Oil from Wal-Mart, it's pretty cheap and a little bit goes a long ways.
    08-27-2012, 08:07 PM
That's a good idea too! I bet it smells better too xD
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    08-28-2012, 01:26 AM
Just be careful if you are using baby oil on a horse with a lot of pink skin. It could/will cause them to sunburn if they are on full turnout. If they are stalled all the time, no worries other than it does attract dirt. Just put some in your palm, and work it in, as needed.
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    08-28-2012, 02:22 AM
I'd be wary of putting oil at all on any part of the horse that will be exposed to sun over a period of time. Oil heats up and burns very easily. This will burn the hair and cause it to become more brittle over time rather than softening it.
    08-28-2012, 11:34 AM
That is Very good advice!! I'm planning to only use it as a detangler for her mane/tail. Are there any better alternatives? I generally do it at night before I put her to bed (check her over by grooming when she comes in at night) so I'm fairly certain the oil is well absorbed by morning. I also used about half baby oil and half water, well shaken.

Is there something better I could use? She's all black, no pink skin, but I don't want her hair any more brittle
    08-28-2012, 11:57 AM
Baby oil attracts dirt and clogs pores. It's ok to use to detangle but then wash it out and use a good conditioner.
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    08-28-2012, 12:29 PM
I use human products on my horse's tail and mane (in general) because I find horse products so expensive. I try to get stuff for sensitive skin or baby shampoo, I use human conditioner, mixed half and half with water, shake before use, and spray on. Makes a good detangler and leave in conditioner. You can also add stuff, natural oils and stuff (in moderation).
    08-28-2012, 01:13 PM
Green Broke
I'm still on the hunt for the perfect detangler, but I'm with you that I won't use the silicone-based ones because they dry out the hair. Here are a few I found that seem to work pretty well...

This one's kind of expensive, but works really well!
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    08-28-2012, 01:16 PM
Green Broke
Although I think the above "Canter Mane and Tail" does have some silicone-based ingredients in it...probably why I stopped using it now that I think about it! ;) But I remember it not being nearly as drying as Show Sheen and Cowboy Magic.

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