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post #1 of 12 Old 06-18-2011, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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-.- horses tail is impossible to brush..

We brush his tail EVERY day so it is completely smooth and tangle free. The next day we get there? It's completely tangled and impossible to brush. By the time I'm done brushing I've torn out a lot of tail hairs, like a handful..

We spray a LOT of detangler into it before we brush it, at least a half an hour before we do, we work it in and let it sit for a while. It doesn't help at all.

He always gets compliments on how beautiful and flow-y his tail is, but soon he won't have a tail at all.

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-18-2011, 08:54 AM
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It's best to finger comb his tail. If you dampen the conditioner it seems to activate it. My qh has a very thick tail and I've found silicone based products work best. Once I've rubbed it in I simply wet my hands or spray the tail with water to reactivate it. Too much of any product and the hair gets gummy.
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-18-2011, 10:25 AM
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First - don't brush it every day!!! I brush my horse's tails out fully only when I am competing. In between, I'll just run a body brush over it to take out any dirt, and pick any debris from it with my fingers.
I also bag my horses tails to get them cleaner and prevent them from getting so tangled. A spray with No-knots or a similar product every few days will also help to reduce tangles.
Brushing every day will, as you're experiencing, rip all of the hair out and eventually you'll end up with a very thin tail. Tails grow very slowly, so every hair you pull out is another few months of growing to get back again.

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post #4 of 12 Old 06-18-2011, 10:54 AM
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Yup, what Kayty said. Mine both have gorgeous tails becaus I never brush them. When I bathe, I use a lot of ShowSheen and comb their tails out; in between baths, I just finger comb and pick debris.

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post #5 of 12 Old 06-18-2011, 11:11 AM
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Agreed with the others on not brushing tails! My draft crosses have very thick, massive tails.

If it is getting torn up with wind snarls or something like that every day, your other option could be to keep it loosely braided or bagged.

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post #6 of 12 Old 06-19-2011, 01:40 AM
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as said above -I only brush out tails for shows...

and when I brush it its in this order....

Wash with shampoo thoroughly, use a detangler (I usually put in a human one), finger comb the entire tail (This takes time hold whole tail with one hand and slowly pull out strands but by bit slowly not too much at one time), once this is done you will be able to safely run a comb through it... then I spray either showsheen or some form of silicon spray through it... I plait over night pre a show and brush out on the day...

both my horses have super thick tails because I dont brush it much :)
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post #7 of 12 Old 06-19-2011, 02:49 AM
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Well, I had the same problem! (Except I don't get enough time to brush him everyday).
How did I fix it you ask?
I bought some tail & mane showing spray from the horse shop and I spray it in his tail before brushing it, the brush goes straight through his tail and the spray gives it a nice shine!
I'm not sure on what the spray is called but if you ask the staff at what ever place you buy your tack, brushes, horse clothing, wormers etc from I'm sure they can help you!

Here's a photo of his mane when we got him, it was hard to brush out without the spray, then we got the spray and it worked like an angel!


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post #8 of 12 Old 06-19-2011, 03:15 AM
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Santa Fe

Have you tried Santa Fe? works great and smells good too
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-20-2011, 08:21 AM
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I use Cowboy Magic. I put just a little of the CM in my hand and rub my hands together and run my hands down the length of his tail. I try to almost massage in the CM and try to get out as many tangles as I can with my fingers. Then when I comb it I start at the end and work my way up. I've found that I don't tear out as as much hair if I start at the end.
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post #10 of 12 Old 06-20-2011, 08:42 AM
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I think I just figured out why some are having problems with brushing/ combing out their horse's mane and tails. In most cases I think it sounds like the brushing/combing is started at the tail head and working down to the ends. It's been a long time ago that I learned to start at the ends of the mane and tail and work up to the tail head.

My mare has a long beautiful tail so what I'd do is use an extremely wide toothed comb, even had a big toothed human hair pick I sometimes used. I would lay the end of her tail across one of my thighs and comb out the tangles starting there. I did sometimes have to finger comb out a section or so, but not very often. Rarely did I ever have any problem with pulling hairs out of her tail by starting at the ends and working up.
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