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post #11 of 20 Old 10-01-2012, 12:41 AM
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I definitely recommend baby oil, although you can do it purely with patience. When I had my mare, my family and I spent a bit of time with the land owners' horses, one of which was an incredible clydesdale x thoroughbred mare with a mane to die for, except it was full of burrs and knots. My mother and I set to work with combs and in about a half hour we had a good chunk of her mane untangled and beautiful.

As for using baby oil, I used it on the tail of a standardbred who had spent the last few years just standing in a paddock. Rub it in as well as you can to coat the hairs, and you can start detangling it with your fingers. Once you get the worst of it out, get a comb into it and start separating the hairs in small chunks.
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post #12 of 20 Old 10-01-2012, 01:14 AM
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Cowboy Magic. Works like a charm. Sarge had a huge rats nest in his tail involving both sides and scrubbed together under his tail in a solid mass.

Poured Cowboy Magic on the knots - worked it in with my fingers. Used a hoof pic to pull some sections apart and patiently with a regular human air vent brush got every bit of it out.

Give it a whirl - you will have that knot out in no time.
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post #13 of 20 Old 10-01-2012, 01:17 AM
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My step dad's old mare had some knots worse than that. I'm not sure if it was the best thing I could've done, but I washed her mane with normal people shampoo, rinsed it thoroughly, and then waited until it was mostly dry before I attacked it with gobs of cowboy magic and picked at it with a mane brush and my hands. The knots came out after about 5 minutes of this.

I wouldn't wash my own hair if there were bad knots in it, but I suppose horse hair is a little different? Go with what you feel is best, but just thought I'd add that little piece of information. :)

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post #14 of 20 Old 10-01-2012, 07:09 AM
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My best friend has a horse that tends to get wind braids. I spent time removing them one day. Love baby oil for it and I am pretty fast at it.
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post #15 of 20 Old 10-03-2012, 09:19 AM
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Have you asked the horse how she feels about her tangles? Maybe she's going for a rasta dreadlock look. ;)

I agree with babyoil and patience. Just try your durndest not to break the hairs when pulling the knots free. When you're done it'll look like a fluffy mess, but just give it time and it'll go back to normal.
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post #16 of 20 Old 10-03-2012, 02:38 PM
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Just pain ole fingers and some time on your hands. Cowboy magic helps but a lot of products just make the hair slippery to work with without softening the knot. The dreads are typically half dead and can be cut out or loosened with a small scissors. The mane is going to look a lot shorter when you are done reguardless of what you do but IMO thats a far better alternative to shaving it off and starting over again! This one took a couple of days to fully work out, and I did end up soaking his hair in MTG.

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post #17 of 20 Old 10-03-2012, 02:58 PM
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Oh girl, that ain't nothin!! You should of seen my mustangs mane when I got him. Actually his tail was worse! It was like a baseball bat. Anyway alot of people will prolly say "WTH?", but I used WD-40 to get my boys out. orked like a charm. But baby oil is what I would recomend.

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post #18 of 20 Old 10-03-2012, 03:01 PM
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post #19 of 20 Old 10-03-2012, 08:49 PM
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Don't have a before picture of when I came home from a month long business trip and had tangles, knots and several dreadlocks. One of the disadvantage of having so much mane and tail. My boys excuse for substandard grooming was the weather was bad (and they didn't think about on the other days of course ). At least they kept the feet cleaned and checked so I couldn't be too put out with them.

Anyway, coconut oil and almost an hour work restored things to normal. Put in the coconut oil and start at the bottom separating with (oily ) fingers and then move to a flexable brush. Mane and tail come out lovely. Coconut oil is also good for the hair and doesn't need to be washed out.
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post #20 of 20 Old 10-03-2012, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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well once the wind stops ill attack the hair with baby oil, Im unsure when I go to town next to get cowboy magic. But ill post pics of her mane after words as well(:

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