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post #11 of 30 Old 01-07-2013, 04:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Barrelhorsetrainer View Post
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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. We normally keep it braided too. :)
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post #12 of 30 Old 01-07-2013, 06:52 AM
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Brushing can break or pull out their hair. If you put conditioner in first, less breaks or pulls out. Not any different than our own hair, except their hair is usually thicker and stronger.

Some horses like our Appy can go without brushing regularly. Our Arab or TWH needs to be brushed often or they get dreadlocks in them.
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post #13 of 30 Old 01-07-2013, 08:20 AM
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I brush my arab's tail all the time. In the summer it is almost everyday. I use mane and tail detangler spray but otherwise I use a regular human brush. Her tail is so long and thick I'm constantly cutting it, it's also silky smooth for days after brushing. Never had a problem with hair coming out unless it is ready and never any breakage.
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post #14 of 30 Old 01-07-2013, 04:01 PM
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I have never seen a brush make any difference. I have a filly with the fullest tail you could wish for and I have to keep the bottom trimmed so she doesn't step on it and I brush it out at least 3 times a week. I use a mild oil based detangler and a regular hair brush. My TB never had his brushed out before I got him and it has started growing in since I started brushing it a few times a week. I make sure I condition all the way down to the dock.
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post #15 of 30 Old 01-07-2013, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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I do not trim my horses tail because i personally think it looks unnatural and weird but i also do not show so it does not matter :)
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post #16 of 30 Old 01-07-2013, 06:30 PM
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I use Oster 'pin' brushes on all my horses - as long as you are careful and remove bad tangles with your fingers they never pull any hairs out
I NEVER use detanglers any more as they are silicone based and build up on the hairs and absorb stains when they break down and go sticky which = more tangles - which means you have to use more detangler and it becomes a vicious circle
I wash tails and damp brush with a soft brush regularly and for shows use a little bit of baby oil rubbed in to give extra shine
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post #17 of 30 Old 01-07-2013, 06:35 PM
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I have used a human paddle brush on my horses' tails for years, including the ones that show. Never had a problem with breakage. I have one whose tail is crazy thick and so long it drags the ground. If you pay attention to what you are doing, you will not break or pull out a lot of hair. You should brush a horse's tail the same way you would your own. If you had a huge snarl, you wouldn't just rip it out would you? No, you would take your time and untangle it. A little common sense is all it takes to use a brush properly.

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post #18 of 30 Old 01-07-2013, 06:36 PM
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Cowboy magic is not silicon based. I love that stuff. Show sheen is though.
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post #19 of 30 Old 01-07-2013, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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I have used cowboy magic too but its hard to find around here :(
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post #20 of 30 Old 01-07-2013, 07:27 PM
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It's usually at UFA and Lammle's, try looking there.
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