Burrs in his winter coat

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    12-31-2010, 05:53 PM
Burrs in his winter coat

We have a 4 month old colt who now has burrs stuck to him on many parts of his body, they are all tangled in his nice think winter coat . Our other two horses always find the burrs but they tend to get them stuck in their mane and tails. I normally use Mane’n Taile Detangler on them. Is it safe to use that on a horses body? If not does anyone have any suggestions on how to get the burrs off of him?
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    01-01-2011, 12:49 AM
We get those a lot to! Usually what I do is just get a comb and comb one out at a time. It takes a while, but it gets them out without annoying the horse.
    01-01-2011, 03:11 AM
I just brush or gently pull them out. If pulling, I try to hold the skin behind the burr so it doesn't pull as much.
    01-01-2011, 04:29 AM
I find it easier and faster to just pull them out by hand.
    01-01-2011, 06:04 AM
Mane and tail is totally fine to use on the body!
    01-01-2011, 02:55 PM
Green Broke
Unless you can completely get the horse dry down to their undercoat, I wouldn't use anything that gets them wet in the winter. In the summer, the mane and tail detangler would be fine on the rest of the body, I think. We have used baby oil on our horses to get cockleburrs out of their manes and tails. It worked well too.
    01-02-2011, 09:36 AM
Thanks for the responses, we got most of them out over the last two nights using a little detangler and a lot of patients before they were put in the barn for the night. We had to do in it a couple sessions because at 4 months old standing still for over a hour is just not fun :) Thanks again!
    01-08-2011, 03:53 PM
Show sheen hair polish I find is most deffinetly the best thing for burs, twigs, knots, anything I love it:)

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