How to get mats out of a horses tail?

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    04-20-2012, 06:24 PM
Exclamation How to get mats out of a horses tail?

The horse that I had just gotten not to long ago had big mats and tangles in her tail im desperate to get them out so I can start equestrian team at my school. I need all of the suggestions I can get please help me I've never had to deal with this before!?!?!?!?!
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    04-20-2012, 06:25 PM
Baby oil. Glob it on generously, let it sit awhile, then start untangling. If there are mats that don't respond to the oil, you may have to cut them out.
    04-20-2012, 07:04 PM
I use Cowboy's Magic or Mane 'n Tail detangler. Haven't tried the baby oil. Start from the botto and work your way up, using youur fingers to pull apart mats.
    04-20-2012, 07:11 PM
Yes, in fact any oil (okay, not motor oil, but olive oil, corn oil .... ) will do, really. What's most important is starting from bottom up, but as mentioned, if it is too badly matted, scissors may be your best option, after you work as much hair free as possible. It WILL grow back! The most important part is being patient, and having a horse willing to put with repeated fussing with its tail!
    04-20-2012, 09:22 PM
Wash the tail first then use a generous amount of detangler...a liquid/gel type os better than a seems to penetrate the oil others are indicating :) The detangler I have found best to date is called Vetrolin Detangler. It makes the hair very slick to the point when I had it on my hands, I kept losing hold of the billet when I was trying to do up the girth; my hands were slippery even though they were dry. If you use a base oil like corn oil, baby oil or olive oil you will need to rewash the tail afterwards or the dust/dirt will really stick and you could be back to square one with tangles.

Once well coated with the detangler, as others indicated, start at the bottom and using your fingers, work the knots. Massage them between your fingers first to loosen them up and then gently pull them apart.

The thing I do with my horse's tail on a daily basis is that I hold up the bulk and let it then fall in smaller sections in a curtain like fashion, brushing from bottom to top, then letting another section go, brushing bottom to top and so on until I get the entire tail done.
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    04-20-2012, 09:43 PM
Green Broke
Mineral oil works too. You will just have to fingerpick it until it is free from the tangles and mats.
    04-20-2012, 11:08 PM
If the matt absolutely will not budge begin your cut on it's lowest edge and cut just a little. Sometimes that frees up more hair. Do not cut crosswise, always up. This reduces the chance of a chopped look.
    04-20-2012, 11:16 PM
My horses have a habit of getting them there pricky things in their mane and tails and end up with some nasty knots and just a real mess when they are out 24/7 to fields. I have found that WD40 works really good at getting their mane and tails back in order with ease. Just spray and rub good and then work with your fingers. Should slide right out or work out quite easy. Good Luck!
    04-20-2012, 11:19 PM
I went through my dog brushes one day and found this
It's an evelution undercoat rake. I use it on the main and tail and find it works really well.
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    04-21-2012, 02:32 AM
I use my fingers on mats with baby oil. Once the big chunks are gone you can use a regular brush.


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