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    04-28-2008, 10:01 PM
If you would like serious step by step directions on how to have really healthy, strong and long mane and tail just say the word.
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    04-28-2008, 10:09 PM
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    04-28-2008, 10:42 PM
Originally Posted by Jrchloe
If you would like serious step by step directions on how to have really healthy, strong and long mane and tail just say the word.
please! Lol
That would be very nice of you. =]
If you're willing to type something like that out for me I am more then happy to have it. =]
    04-30-2008, 12:17 AM
I think this is everything:

Washing the Mane and Tail:

What you will need:

Hot Oil Treatment (Alberto VO5 Shower Works)
Shampoo (I like Alberto VO5 Normal Shampoo because its only $1 and it cleanses well)
Conditioner (I like Suave Professionals Humectant Conditioner, it does a great job and its under $3)



Wet the mane
Apply the Hot Oil Treatment following the label instructions
Rinse out the oil
Apply an adequate amount of shampoo to your hand
Spread the shampoo along the top of the crest
Concentrate on scrubbing the crest of the mane making sure the get all the dirt, dead skin and oil
Run your hands down the rest of the mane but do not comb thru as it might break hairs
Rinse out shampoo well
Squeeze out excess water with hands
If the mane needs more moisture and there are many tangles apply a small amount of conditioner to your hand
Apply the conditioner to the bottom half of the mane and to the tangles
Let sit for 2-3 minutes
Rinse conditioner out really well
Squeeze out water and let dry
When the mane is dry pick out tangles with fingers


Wet the tail starting from the dock and going into the middle of the tail making sure to get the entire tail wet
Apply the Hot Oil Treatment following label directions
Rinse out Hot Oil
Apply an adequate amount of shampoo to your hand
Start at the top of the tail and spread the shampoo all along the tailbone
Scrub the tail bone first making sure to get all of the dirt and dead skin off of the tailbone and donít forget the bottom tip
To do the rest of the tail just add a little more shampoo and kind of comb the shampoo thru the hair and rub together and not folding the tail up and swirling the hair which will cause large tangles
Rinse tail really well making sure to get all of the shampoo out concentrating on the tailbone
Squeeze out excess water
Apply an adequate amount of conditioner to your hand
Start at the bottom of the tail since itís always the driest because it is farthest from the oils of the tailbone and work the conditioner up
Leave conditioner in the tail for about 5-10 minutes
Rinse tail really well making sure all of conditioner is rinsed out
Pick out the tail hair by hair to reduce breaking the hair and remove all of the tangles
Let the tail air dry or blow dry it

Braiding and Wrapping the tail

What you will need:

Spray in leave in conditioner (Healthy Hair Care Moisterizer or Eqyss Avocado Mist)
Clean Tail Pouch (itís the easiest thing) ( or
Thin Ouch less Hair Tie
MTG (if needed)

Braiding and Wrapping the Tail:

With a dry clean tail
Apply a small amount of MTG to the bottom tip of tailbone if needed
Spray leave in conditioner to length of tail combing through with fingers, let air dry for a minute or 2
From the bottom of the tail bone hold hair
Pull out feathers (the hair thatís on top half of the tail bone that are not as long as the rest of the tail)
Braid tail without the feathers tightening your way down.
At the bottom of the braid use a hair tie to secure the braid.
Then apply the tail pouch, looping the ties through the top of the braid so the pouch does not fall out
Check everyday for wetness.
If tail is wet take down.
Let dry and braid back up.

Wash and redo tail as needed (about every 4 Ė 6 weeks).

Everyday Care:

What you will need:

Small bucket of clean warm water with a shot of baby oil
Small Hard brush
Leave in Conditioner
MTG (if needed)



Dip the hard brush into the water shake once to remove excess water
Rub the crest back and forth with the brush to remove dead skin and then gently bring brush down the rest of the mane to remove shavings and dirt
Every few days lightly apply leave in conditioner to the bottom half of the mane
Once a week apply a small amount of MTG to crest and rub in


Check tail pouch for wetness and check in the middle of tail braid for wetness as well (stick your finger into the tail)
Clean bottom of the tail bone and butt area with sponge
Then dip the hard brush into the water shake once to remove excess water
Brush the bone and feathers parting feathers down the middle of the tail making sure to clean off dust and dead skin
Then apply leave in conditioner to feathers (as often as needed such as everyday or every other day and so on) and rub into bone with fingers
You can use the sponge to clean the nose and face as well (it depends on the horse in what order you use it hehe)
Once a week apply a small amount of MTG to the roots (tailbone) of the feathers

For a show:

What you will need:

Clarifying Shampoo (I like White Rain because itís a $1 and does a good job)
Volumizing Conditioner
A Show Sheen like product
Blow Dryer
Vent Brush


Wash and condition tail as above
Pick out tail hair by hair to remove tangles
Blow dry hair using brush but do not use it with tangles just to help hair dry faster
    04-30-2008, 02:37 AM
Whoa, VERY specific!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! =]]]]]
    04-30-2008, 01:39 PM
If you have any questions or would like any product recommendations just let me know. I'm a saddlebred girl and tails are very important to us so if you would like pictures of tails that are taken care of this way just let me know.
    05-02-2008, 03:35 AM
Here's my own bits:
Shampoo the roots of the hair and the tail bone--the long pieces of the mane and tail don't need the shampoo, it'll only dry them out.
Hair is most vulnerable when it's wet, so unlike everyone says... don't comb it while it's wet! Try not to brush it ever, it breaks hairs.
Only put MTG in once a week, and make sure the hair is protected by the sun (its oil, the sun will fry the hair!). The back of the bottle says once a week... and it says it for a reason. Clogging up the hair pores with oil won't help!
BAG THE TAIL. It prevents breakage. You don't have to worry about new growth as much as breakage. It takes a tail hair FOREVER to reach the ground... if it breaks, you have to start ALL over again!
DON'T BRAID THE MANE. What happens if you leave braids in, or bands in, or braids in your own hair? It eventually breaks the hair. A lot of people braid manes, but im not a huge fan of it, especially if there's no slinky--a horse can rip a hole braid off, instead of just a few hairs if he gets stuck on something!
Don't worry if the hair in the tail bag gets wet, it will be alright. I bag mine while they're soaked with oil, or conditioner, and I soak them through the bag if they seem dry and crunchy. They'll always dry, so no worries!
Good luck!
    05-02-2008, 01:45 PM
If you keep the tail bag wet the tail could rot and fall off. I have seen it happen with careless grooms, very sad since the tail will rot off from the bone. The best, safest thing to do if you do bag your horse's tail is to check it everyday and if its wet take it down and let it dry then you'll never have to worry about it getting rotten.
    05-02-2008, 03:06 PM
Many trainers I know of soak the tail in oils/water/conditioner and bag them... and pour conditioner/oil onto the tail bag when it dries out. I'm not trying to argue and say your way isn't good, just that water will not rot a tail out. Hair does not rot--maybe it could get some kind of weird bacteria or fungus, but it doesn't rot. (hence why skeletons/mummies still have their hair after thousands of years underground.) This is because the hair that you see is already dead; the living part of the hair is the follicle. It physically can't rot. :)
With that being said, I occasionally let my horse's tail down just so it can air out, like once a month. Just makes me feel better, LOL!

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