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    07-11-2012, 01:26 PM
Green Broke
Question Best product for a soft tail?

Alright so with the dry DRY (did I mention dry??) weather this summer, my mare's poor little puny tail is drying out and becoming brittle like crazy! I swear, I can wash and condition it and it'll stay nice and soft and clean for about 1 day and then it's back to being all stuck together and piecy and feeling like it's fried again I try to only brush it like once a month or so, after I've put a TON of conditioner in it when she'd given a bath just for shows. But still it's so gross in between baths.

I used to use Canter Mane N Tail and it worked really well, but that wasn't during a HOT drought, soooooo

I've tried just buying detangler in the people section at the store, and I don't like the silicone-based products like Show Sheen since they end up making it slippery temporarily but they seem to dry it out. I need something to really moisturize it.

SO any ideas?? Fave products you use?
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    07-11-2012, 01:28 PM
This is going to sound really weird, but try using olive oil. It works wonders on horse (and people) hair!
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    07-11-2012, 01:31 PM
Green Broke
Lol ya know what, on a friend's recommendation I use that to clean all of my tack now and LOOOOOOVE it! Used to use leather new, and it seemed to dry out my tack...plain ol' extra virgin olive oil found in my cabinet at home was SOOOOOO much better!

I do have this stuff I bought at the store, but all it seems to do is tangle up her tail and make it nasty and all gummed up...maybe I should just use straight olive oil instead?

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    07-11-2012, 01:47 PM
Yep, just straight olive oil. Slather it on the tail and leave it in for 15-20 minutes and then wash it out.
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    07-11-2012, 04:05 PM
Olive oil is great :) I use it and love it.
    07-11-2012, 05:10 PM
Green Broke
Oh I never thought about washing it out! Ok! So do you just rinse with water or actually shampoo it out?
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    07-11-2012, 05:17 PM
I've used the olive oil root stimulator before and is does tend to gum up around the base of the hair. Especially if you use it too often or too heavy. That was a real problem before the geldings warmed up to the whole bathing idea! I'm currently using Fairy Tails and having really nice results. Doesn't gum up, no breakage and it keeps down the tangles and cording. I used it after spring baths in April and I've used it twice since then and the tails look great.
    07-11-2012, 06:32 PM
I rinse it out with cold water, but that's just something I've carried over from using it on my own hair the cold water helps add shine.
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    07-11-2012, 06:43 PM
Personally I wash out my horse's tail aprox every 1 - 2 weeks now.
Before washing I unbraid and brush gently but thoroughly.
I use a dandruff fighting shampoo medicated with vitamin e and fish oil.
I make sure I massage all of the goodness in and make sure it has a good lather, then rinse. Afterwards I let it air dry to about 90-95%.
Once it is mostly dried, I take my olive oil/heat protectant homemade mix and drop about a quarter size into my hands, rub them together then gently massage the product into the tail around the tailbone. Then I use the exess and spread the rest all thru out the tail. Often times I'll use just a little bit more for the tips to keep them moisturized. Then I brush thoroughly again, making sure that no hairs are pulled, then I braid and BAM! Done for 1 week. Then I brush and repeat braid and/or rewash :) His tail is so soft it's like silk!
    07-11-2012, 07:24 PM
I like using shampoo "for women of color" on my horses. Found at walmart or CVS or target...wherever.

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