How to brush a horses tail properally

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    01-07-2013, 12:39 AM
How to brush a horses tail properally

1. If your horses tail is not brushed often spray detangler in it make sure you spread it out on both the top and bottom of the tail.
2. Start at the bottom and work your way up untangleing all the knots!
-Make sure you stand of to the side of the horse
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    01-07-2013, 01:49 AM
And use your fingers, not a comb or brush!
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    01-07-2013, 01:51 AM
What? Never heard of that I always use a brush but I check to make sure I can run my fingers through it when I am done
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    01-07-2013, 01:57 AM
The brush tears hair out and thins it. If your horse already has a thin tail then frequent brushing will only make it worse.
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    01-07-2013, 02:14 AM
And silicone detangler spray makes hair brittle. I use plain old baby oil when I need to detangle, and I will only pick out the tangle with my fingers. Sometimes I will use a soft body brush to "brush" the tail as it doesn't snag and pull hair out.
    01-07-2013, 02:24 AM
I tend not to brush the tail too often, as I agree that the brush will break hairs and make it thinner. I have untangled many a tail by using my fingers, from the top one hair at a time. You end up with black horrible greasy fingers and the horses tail looks lovely.
I would then try to spray in a detangler or baby oil or even some human hair conditioner. That would keep it tangle free for a good while longer.
The one hair at a time thing does take a lot of time but I've usually done it when heading for a show as it does make the tail look fabulous. Its a nice thing to do on a hot summers day too, when you're just hanging with your horse.
In the winter when theres mud clinging up the tail I would just brush the bottom out to get rid of the worst tangles, I also tend to trim the tail shorter in the winter to get it out of the mud.
    01-07-2013, 02:47 AM
Wow I've never had a problem with the brush before
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    01-07-2013, 04:24 AM
You will find a large amount of people are extremely well versed in the sciences of grooming around here from a lot of heavy showing activity. ;)

I will run my hands through it or pick it, but I don't brush. Coconut oil on mane and tail and then bagged/socked up. Redone once or twice a week and before shows, that's a whole different ball game.
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    01-07-2013, 04:54 AM
When I worked at the stables for my neighbor (she is an extreamly knowledgeable horsewoman who has been breeding and showing successfully since she was a young girl, she's now 80 and very set in her ways) she gave me a right rollicking for brushing the tail. I was told to use my fingers, wash it and condition it.
    01-07-2013, 04:56 AM
Originally Posted by LadyDreamer    
And use your fingers, not a comb or brush!
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LOL. Hey! I was about to post that. Had someone with an Arab teach us that trick. We do now, however, use a pin brush on our 'hairy German'. Try and run your fingers through that hair and it will cut you. :)
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