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  • Realy tangled horse tail
  • Using wd40 to remove Mats from horse tail

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    04-21-2012, 02:22 AM
I used WD40 one time and it worked. Just do an hour a day. It will take several days but you won't have to cut it. I removed a 2 foot long mat from my new horse's tail without cutting any hair.

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    04-21-2012, 07:07 AM
Thank you so much I will try the best I can to get these things out
    04-21-2012, 09:07 AM
I admit I have never had to deal with a severely matted, tangled tail. I have a horse that gets "dread lock coils" if I don't stay on top of keeping it combed out. My Bad. After heavily spraying with a mane and tail detangler and rubbing it throughly through the tail hairs I use a very wide-toothed, big toothed comb do a section at a time working from the ends up. Do not try to comb through the sections, but use the comb much like a human hair pick to work the tangles out slowly. Often times the matted tangles will come out with working at it slowly and using the fingers for really tough matting and tangles.
    04-21-2012, 01:20 PM
You may also want to get a rat tailed comb. The rat tail works wonders on getting out knots. Just use it to pick out a few hairs at a time. Keep in mind that if you use Show Sheen, you will need to wash the tail thoroughly after you get finished, other wise the silicone in the spray will dry out the tail.
    04-23-2012, 04:27 PM
Baby oil, wide toothed comb, and hoof pick. And lots of time.

After massaging oil into the tail let sit for about 10 min or so to really soak in. I like to use the hoofpick to break the tail into about 3-4 sections, then use the comb and your fingers to pull away a few hairs at a time. Don't try to do too much at one time or else you will pull hairs out and loose a huge chunck of the tail. After you have everything out and the tail is combed back out with all snarls removed then give it a good washing, because that baby oil with clog up the hair folicles, get nasty and ultimately destroy it. Also leaving oil in like that you run a higher risk of getting a nasty knot.
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    04-25-2012, 01:50 PM

We use WD40 (for a lot of things). Works wonders and leaves it shiney.
    04-27-2012, 10:07 AM
I just now used Mane n Tail detangler on my horse I really, really liked the results. Tangles just feel out and it dried super fast, shiney and soft. For really terrible matting I would try a dog mat remover. Start at the bottom and work your way up so you don't forfeit any more hairs than necessary.
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    04-28-2012, 11:03 PM
Baby oil! I bought a mare about 6 months ago who had a severely matted tail, it was basically just one short, hard lump.The seller said her tail had been that way for years and recommended just cutting it and letting it start over.

I drenched it in baby oil then just starting picking it apart from the bottom up. Some parts just crumbled and broke away from being matted for so long but for the most part it just sort of slid apart.

After about an hour of picking and removing the piece of cactus that was stuck in it, she had a nice long tangle free tail.
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    04-29-2012, 12:50 AM
If anyone ever has to deal with thistle or cockle burrs, a friend of mine told me this, just take a hoof pick to them and it works wonders!
    04-29-2012, 08:12 PM
I have been using the best product I have ever used! Mane-ly Long Hair, I tried the baby oil , the cowboy magic, show sheen everything . I discovered the product at the Ohio equine Aafaire last year, a friend told me about it,and I love it! It lasts so much longer in the hair so I don't get tangles and it is not oily or have a residue! I swear by this product! I now get it on line they have a website thetrophyline, since I did not get to the equine affaire this year! Also the 12 oz, bottle lasted me almost one year! Amazing stuff!
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