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post #1 of 24 Old 12-03-2011, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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I want a to-die-for tail.

We've all seen those horses at shows with the most beautifully maintained coat and tail. Does your horse have one of those to-die-for tails? If so, tips please!!!!!

Mine thoroughbred's is fairly long. But thin, and breakage towards the top (like a rubber, but he doesn't rub).
I've always been told not to brush/comb their tail. Because it will break easier. So I haven't touched his tail yet.

So products, techiniques, anything to detangle and leave your horse's tail long and supple.

Feel free to share pictures of your beautiful tails too.

Thanks guys!!

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post #2 of 24 Old 12-03-2011, 02:43 PM
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I like MTG. It smells like bacon grease but it does a good job and then on show days... (looks from left to right).... I braid in a fake tail....

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post #3 of 24 Old 12-03-2011, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Hahaha. I'm more than likely going to get MTG, i've heard so much about it. Does the smell last? Does it look like gunk in their tail, or does it blend in?

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post #4 of 24 Old 12-03-2011, 03:06 PM
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Ah yes. My horse totally smells like bacon now aftr using MTG but I only apply once a week. Seems to be doin the job.
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post #5 of 24 Old 12-03-2011, 03:12 PM
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I would love to give you some ideas,but I own foundation Appaloosa's so I'm happy with the tails they got haha!!!
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post #6 of 24 Old 12-03-2011, 03:24 PM
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MTG didn't do much for me.. I used it consistently for about a year, hoping something would happen, but his tail just got nastier and nastier. I got more growth, but the actual health of his tail just dropped.
I started using coconut oil, and it does what I was hoping to get out of the MTG. A soft, shiny, zero breakage, thicker tail. You might try both and see what works for you. Some people get greatness out of MTG, but I got it out of coconut oil...

The smell of MTG isn'ttoo obvious after awhile, depending on how often you apply it, but I found it never fully soaked into the hairs, and left it greasy, and constantly attracted to dirt. Coconut oil soaks in deeper and faster than any other oil I've used. Plus there's really no odor to it.

For occasional conditioning, after I shampoo it, I'll fully coat his tail in warm olive oil, loosely braid it, let it sit for as long as possible, (I'll just hand graze him while the rest of his coat dries. So I let it soak for 30 minutes or so.) then shampoo it back out. It does a healthy job to his tail as well.

Try as best as you can, to stay away from heavy silicone products, and the heavy oils that don't soak in well.
I try to use nothing but coconut oil on his tail, but whenever I do have to use something, Cowboy Magic or the Marigold spray from Eqyss, is usually what I go to.
I brush his tail, and don't have a problem, but then again, his tail is super hydrated from the oil, so I don't worry about it. I just make sure I take it slow from bottom to top, and it's all good.
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post #7 of 24 Old 12-03-2011, 05:59 PM
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My QH gelding has a tail to die for. I don't do anything to it, must just be good genes! Now his mane is something else. It looks like all his mane migrated to his tail, poor thing. It's so wimpy I gave up and roached it!
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post #8 of 24 Old 12-03-2011, 06:08 PM
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i got this green gel from giant(a supermarket chain) in the ethnic hair care section, it smells like coconut, I don't remember the exact name but i think it's hair gro or something like that. It's been working very well, just don't use it on the mane before you ride, I learned the hard way, it makes them very slippery lol
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post #9 of 24 Old 12-03-2011, 06:19 PM
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Of course my horse has as to die for tail, as those horses do in the showring, it's called tail extensions. Look on ebay.
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post #10 of 24 Old 12-03-2011, 06:25 PM
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I never knew brushing a tail would damage it! I brush Ali's mane and tail daily, since they are very long and thick and get really tangled up after only a few hours in the field.
To be honest, very little hair comes away. Like one or two strands at most.

Should I change my routine? She really likes having her mane and tail brushed. She gets all sleepy eyed and relaxed.

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