Has anyone used coconut oil in their horses mane and tail?

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Has anyone used coconut oil in their horses mane and tail?

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    12-23-2011, 11:04 AM
Has anyone used coconut oil in their horses mane and tail?

I was wondering if anyone has heard of putting coconut oil in their horses mane and tail? Have you tried it, what do you think? I have heard it puts moisture back in your horses mane and tail.

If you noticed this question under another thread, yes, I goofed, I realized I put it in the wrong place and didn't know how to move it. Sorry for the mistake. I am still new at this.
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    12-23-2011, 11:08 AM
I have coconut oil for my hair... it's for breakage and stuff... So I don't see why it wouldn't work for a horse. It's a lot more organic than other stuff too I beleive....
    12-23-2011, 11:09 AM
I read a whole thread on another forum where people were raving about it so am also interested in peoples opinion here. And I have it on the list to buy when I go to the market later today to try for my two.
    12-23-2011, 11:11 AM
Is it an actual oil or is it more like vaseline or a paste?
    12-23-2011, 11:16 AM
Well, the stuff I use for my hair is an actual oil, but it soaks in or something happens to it (I dunno what!) and it leaves my hair nice, soft, and light.

I'm sure it would be similar for horses...
    12-23-2011, 11:29 AM
That's cool! The only thing I'd be concerned about is working in too much :P But used every other day or so might do some good! I'll have to try it..
    12-23-2011, 08:06 PM
I use it and completely recommend it. My geldings tail is soft, shiny, and strong. Because it's so moisturized, there's no breakage of the hair, so his tail has gotten longer and thicker, since the hairs are having the chance to grow all the way down instead of just break off at his cannon bone.

I don't use it in the winter though, because it solidifies in anything under 76 degrees. I just don't have the time to break it apart and heat it to a liquid in the winter. But in the summer, it's liquid and perfect to use.

Coconut oil is the only oil that fully penetrates. It soaks in around 30 minutes or so, and doesn't leave a nasty feel afterwards. Just a soft tail.

For the cold winter months, I use an olive oil concentrate hair strengthener, found in the ethnic isles of the local Walmart, and it maintains the work the coconut oil has done. Not quite as moisturized, but still very soft and shiny.

I don't use anything else. I don't use anything sold in tack stores anymore besides occasionally Cowboy Magic on rough tangles with a horse who hasn't been coconut oil treated.

It doesn't take a whole lot, but in case you use a lot, it will still soak in completely, just over a longer period of time. You really can't use too much to the point of oiliness. The stuff soaks in fast.
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    12-23-2011, 08:22 PM
How long did you use it for before you noticed a difference? How much did you use? How often did you use it?

It sounds like somthing I would want to try.
    12-24-2011, 11:20 AM
Honestly, I put it in, and the next day, it already felt a lot better. I remember after about a week, I really could feel, and even see the difference. It was all maintenance after that.

Now, after almost a year, I don't see how a single hair on his tail could ever break again.

When it was liquid in the summer, I got one of the hair dye applicator things (one of these things-Sally - Sally Slant Tip Color Applicator Bottle) and poured it in there. I used that thing, since the nozzle is so small, it's easier to pour the right amount. I would pour some in my palm, about enough to fill it without dripping out, then starting at the base, and work it in from top to bottom.

In the winter when I don't use the olive oil, I'll heat it up enough to where it's like a paste, and just dig out a small amount, and warm it up with my hands to liquify it, then do the same. Or, you could just keep it inside at room temperature, and not go through all of that.

If your horse has a lot of tail, then use as much as you need. But, that amount is about right for my geldings tail.

I use it about 4-5 times a week, as that's how often I'm out at the barn (I keep him on my grandparents land about 15 minutes away).

I definitely suggest trying it. It's done a great job for me, as well as several other people.
    12-25-2011, 11:40 AM
Green Broke
Where do you get your coconut oil? Is there a particular brand you prefer? :)

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