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    04-27-2008, 08:17 PM
Cleaning tails?

Sorry if this has been said before but Chesters tail is just filthy!

Is there a safe way to clean it?

-Emma :)
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    04-27-2008, 08:22 PM
I usually just get a bucket of warm water, kinda dunking the tail into it, & sponge the rest of the tail with some horse shampoo. ;) Then rinse a few times with a few buckets of hot water, & comb it out. Then I brush it.

But there's probably other ways you can do it. But that's the way I usually do it, I find it simple, yet easy. :)
    04-28-2008, 02:47 AM
Green Broke
That's what I do! But I usually dont' brush because ill end up pulling hairs out, im a bit rough
    04-28-2008, 02:51 AM
Washing a Tail:

What you will need:
Wash Rack with Cross Ties or a helper
Shampoo (Suave or White Rain is just fine, I like the White Rain Clarifying Shampoo because it cleans well and its $1)
Conditioner (Suave or White Rain is just fine, I like Suave Professionals Humectant Conditioner because its a great moisturizing conditioner for less than $3)
If you are not braiding up and wrapping the tail then a good non silicone detangling spray such as Eqyss Avocado Mist

1. Wet the tail starting from the dock and going into the middle of the tail making sure to get the entire tail wet
2. Apply an adequate amount of shampoo to your hand
3. Start at the top of the tail and spread the shampoo all along the tailbone
4. Scrub the tail bone first making sure to get all of the dirt and dead skin off of the tailbone and dont forget the bottom tip
5. To do the rest of the tail just add a little more shampoo and kinda comb the shampoo thru the hair and rub together and not folding the tail up and swirling the hair which will cause large tangles
6. Rinse tail really well making sure to get all of the shampoo out concentrating on the tailbone
7. Once all of the shampoo is out it is time for the conditioner
8. Apply an adequate amount of conditioner to your hand
9. Start at the bottom of the tail since its always the driest because it is farthest from the oils of the tailbone and work the conditioner up
10. Leave conditioner in the tail for about 5-10 minutes
11. Rinse tail really well making sure all of conditioner is rinsed out
12. Squeeze out excess water and add a few sprays of the detangling spray
13. Pick out the tail hair by hair to reduce breaking the hair and remove all of the tangles
14. Let the tail air dry or blow dry it

If you would like tips on braiding and wrapping the tail just say the word
    04-28-2008, 02:51 AM
My horses tail gets dirty too, but I make sure to brush it on a daily basis. I'll brush it and make sure theres no knots, and when I go to give him a bath I always grab a LOT of horse shampoo [mane and tail brand works just fine] and then I act like its human hair and wash it just like I do mine, conditioner and everything, it works GREAT.

Also, before a show, or just to put the natural oils back into his tail, use mayonnaise to condition it [don't wash it out for a few days] and braid it up and put it in a tail bag to make it look really nice and shiny! [if you're going to do this for a show, make sure you do it about a week before the show]
    04-28-2008, 07:46 AM
If I'm doing a full bath, I do it like JrChloe stated above. If the tail is just nasty and I don't want to do a full bath, I do it like others stated. Just brush it out good first then dip it in a bucket of soapy water then rinse it out.

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