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post #11 of 21 Old 08-13-2013, 06:17 AM
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You really should cut it all off, it's worth it and your horse will feel much better. Only humans care what their hair looks like, but the horse must be uncomfy with dreds. Plus, all you really need is clean water every day and a good healthy diet and pasture for shiny and healthy hair. Water is all I use to wash.
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post #12 of 21 Old 08-13-2013, 04:51 PM
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You really should cut it all off, it's worth it and your horse will feel much better. Only humans care what their hair looks like, but the horse must be uncomfy with dreds. Plus, all you really need is clean water every day and a good healthy diet and pasture for shiny and healthy hair. Water is all I use to wash.
Cut off tail in the middle of the summer? Are you serious? In another of your posts on another thread you said that they OP there should not even braid a tail (even tho they were talking about mane.....)because the horse needed it for "keeping off diseased bugs". Which is it?

If all you use is water, your horse must not have any white, or you just leave it stained. You must also realize that the sun, wind, etc dry out hair, since hair is dead, other than the root. Therefore, it is prone to breaking, sunburn, etc.
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post #13 of 21 Old 08-13-2013, 08:44 PM
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OMGoodness, don't cut it! Like other have said, loads of oil a short soak and begin with a wide tooth comb from the bottom. I do not leave oil in for any period of time in the summer b/c of concerns w the sun. My filly's mane and tail is massive, massive. I use vetrolin - it silicon based not petro so no problem with the sun. That stuff WORKS! Hands down. It is a lot more $ per ounce than coconut or baby oil, but it takes less and it would be well worth it to get a matted mess straightened out with a lot less frustration.

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post #14 of 21 Old 08-13-2013, 08:51 PM
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No need to cut it!

WD40 is the best thing I have found for really bad matted hair.
Never had a horse have an adverse reaction to it, but try to keep it off the skin. Spray just the hairs.
I separate the hairs and matts with my fingers rather than a brush.
Then afterwards wash the tail good to get the residue out and condition.
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post #15 of 21 Old 08-13-2013, 10:33 PM
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Cornstarch works well. Rub it in and smush it around. Use lots. Then, fingers only, start at the bottom by holding the hair with one hand so it doesn't pull on the tail, and work the hair with the other hand. Gradually work your way up the tail. Brush breaks the hair. The bathe the tail and finger comb. I found the cornstarch worked better than anything and I was dealing with a huge rat's nest in a thick tail.
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post #16 of 21 Old 08-22-2013, 04:51 AM
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Don't reach for the scissors yet!!! Dip her tail in a bucket of soapy water and have at it. Use a hoofpick for the really stubborn bits and take it a few small bits at a time. Don't go for the biggest bit first!
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Actually Lostlita, horses don't really care if they have dreads or not. They need tails for swatting flies away! If the tail is docked, they can't and will end up being painfully bitten by horseflies. Please be informed before you post any advice;).
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post #18 of 21 Old 08-22-2013, 01:25 PM
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I used to be a groomer, and I LOVE Cowboy Magic products. There is also a great product called Best Shot. If you ever absolutely have to cut, use thining shears on the mats only. I worked some realmiracles with those on dogs. Even Walmart sells them.
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post #19 of 21 Old 08-22-2013, 02:08 PM
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I'm a cheapo, so I just go with baby oil. I also have one of those cheapo combs that the photo studio used to give to kids on picture day


I use the first couple of teeth and I hold it parallel to the hair in the tail. Start at the bottom and work your way up slowly.

Even the absolute worst mats can be worked out that way, it just takes a lot of time.

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post #20 of 21 Old 08-22-2013, 02:42 PM
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Start at the bottom and work your way up slowly.
Again, if you have never tried it, have a go at starting from the top and working down, I was amazed how easy it was. I now work from both ends on a real big mess, just to keep it interesting
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