Hi! I have a bit a back story before I get to the real issue. My nieghbor's friend gifted us an 11 yo Rocky Mountain mare about 2.5 months ago. She's shy and stubborn - but coming around nicely. They said she was trained well until about 3 years ago when she became basically a pasture ornament and got no attention at all.
This past weekend we worked up to hooking a lead rope on her. To my surprise, she stood perfectly still while on a lead. So, I took the opportunity to begin working on her mane. I got all the knots out of the mane and forelock and she cleaned up beautifully.
Then, I moved around to her tail. Yuck! Pretty much the whole tail, minus about 4" at the top, 4" at the bottom is one giant mat. We're talking 3-4" diameter and about 3' long. What do I do?? I bought some Cowboy Magic conditioner/detangler but I don't know if even there's enough magic in the tube to help.
How long should I expect to work on a mat that size? If I can only get some combed out in weekend, will it be ok to wait until the next weekend to work on it again? What's the best type of comb to use for this type of project?