Burs in tail and mane

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  • Remedies for getting burs out of horse mane and tail
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    09-05-2012, 03:02 AM
Burs in tail and mane

Hi I'm having trouble keeping burs out of my paddoc horses manes and tails any hints on to reduce the problem ?? It's way to hot to rug :)
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    09-05-2012, 06:51 AM
Go out and cut the burrs. Where I board my husband and I spend countless hours pulling and cutting down the burrs. We have tried fencing off the worse areas but the deer keep taking the fence down.
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    09-05-2012, 07:08 AM
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Yep. Cut them down or pull the weeds out. Try to get as much of the root you can.

As for getting them out of the mane and tail, baby oil works well.
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    09-05-2012, 05:01 PM
Would using show sheen or a tail conditioner help take some of it down? What about start using tail bags? Have them attach to a tail bag instead of the actual tail?
    09-05-2012, 06:33 PM
When I was boarding at a friends place, I used to spend hours pulling burrs out of my gelding's mane and tail :( I just used a lot of detangler and worked them out with my hands and a hair brush (the human kind!). Burrs are horrible

The only way to stop your horse getting burrs is to pull the plants out and get rid of them. Otherwise, horses just seem to be attracted to them like a magnet! :p
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    09-28-2012, 04:05 PM
Originally Posted by Tiffany handley    
Hi I'm having trouble keeping burs out of my paddoc horses manes and tails any hints on to reduce the problem ?? It's way to hot to rug :)
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Sometimes I'll put oil (I use tea tree or canola) in the tail or mane, it makes pulling them out a lot easier. Canola works well, and is rather cheep too. I don't think it will harm them either.

That's just what I'll do if it is a GIANT amount. If there are just a few I'll just pull them out.
    09-28-2012, 04:36 PM
I am always battling burs due to neighbors land having them I yank them when I see them and then burn them but my horses always come in with burs uuuugh. But I use wd 40 in the mare and tail and it helps alot with taking them out and reducing more attaching in them. Anything cylicone based is best since anything oil based builds up and will cause horses to rub their manes and tails. Cylicone based products such as wd 40 or showsheene is good. Cooking oils and grease not good. Jmho

    09-28-2012, 04:57 PM
I use coconut oil on the hair and hunt down and kill the burs and burn them.

Silicone based products will dry out the mane and tail, causing it to become brittle and break off. Coconut oil is absorbed by the hair and strengthens it.
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    10-05-2012, 02:07 PM
Use a tail bag (I like the braid-in kind) and keep the mane braided and up. Reduce the surface area. Lol As for getting them out, any kind of oil works well, a hairbrush (the human kind) and patience.
    10-05-2012, 03:22 PM
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