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post #11 of 16 Old 11-18-2012, 06:42 PM
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my draft x get dread locks, hay, loose hairs, the wind blows and they tangle up, usually i just start pulling up and sideways, on some of the bad ones you can twist the hair the opposite way , , and occasionally i use scissors and if i cut it is length wise , never across..
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post #12 of 16 Old 11-18-2012, 10:49 PM
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there is a horse at my barn that had that same issue and I put ShowSheen on it when I first started grooming him, let it dry a bit and then picked it right out. I love that stuff!!!!!
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post #13 of 16 Old 11-18-2012, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I started working with her tail today using coconut oil.....Her tail is almost totally undreadlocked.....It has burrs and all kind of things in it. Thank you all so much for your ideas....and it took no cutting at all. I will go back tomorrow and comb through it a few more times, wash it and condition it, then I think I will braid it for a day to let the conditioner set in. Take it out and all should be good since I groom her daily :)
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post #14 of 16 Old 11-21-2012, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Well, 2 days ago I went and put coconut oil on Lucy's tail....I left it in for 2 days because it was sooooooo bad....I went back today and worked on it for an hour and a half and the dread lock is gone, It was so easy to get it out with the oil absorbed into it. I will get pics put up of it. It looks awesome. I washed her and put conditioner in it after. Thank you so much for your ideas.
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post #15 of 16 Old 11-21-2012, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Piaffe View Post
One of my horses had dreads not too long ago and I spent about an hour and 1/4 bottle of cowboy magic type of stuff and it eventually came out. At first I thought for sure I would have to cut it,but I'm glad I took the time to is such a long and thick pretty tail :)
Awww that is good to hear....I was told to cut her tail, but with alot of research, it is not good too. So I spent the time and it is beautiful....Im glad I did. :)
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post #16 of 16 Old 11-21-2012, 08:31 PM
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Yeah, I made the mistake of cutting the tail of a Mustang I had that was matted up. He wouldn't stand for me to pick it out so I lost my patience and just cut it off. Regretted it for the next 2 years while it grew back out to look like a normal tail. It still hadn't reached the full length it will grow out to when I sold him.

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