Healthy Haircare Mane and Tail Conditioner. Its cheap and lasts a long time cause you dilute it with water...I think its like 1 part conditioner 9 parts water or something like that. I use it on all the horses and thier manes and tails are so soft and silky. I wanna use it on my hair sometime but haven't gotten around to that yet. =)
I third Hot Oil treatments. And unlike most hair products it is actually GOOD for the tail.
I fourth hot oil treatments. I go to Sally's Beauty Supply and buy the $1.50 ethnic hot oil treatment and apply about once every two months. I have also used "Love That Tail" leave in conditioner and it is awesome. As an added bonus, it leaves your hands incredibly soft ! It also doesn't weigh the tail down but keeps it shiney and soft for a long time.
If you really want to protect it and promote growth, use a tail braid. When I bought my paint gelding, he had been in a pasture with a mare that chewed his tail. It was all the way up to his hock. I started washing and conditioning it about every 3 weeks and using a tail braid. After 2 years, his tail was down to his fetlocks. I now have to trim it up about every 3 months or else he will step on it.
Some of a horse's ability to grow mane and tail hair is genetic. My AQHA gelding has a whimpy, thin tail and there's not much I can do about it.
Thanks. I know what you are talking about with the tail braid but it looks hard to do. Does it come with directions? Right now I just braid it. I am short on money due to a vet bill I owe a total of 1093 dollars since she coliced and I am buying her a grazing muzzle once it comes in( the store I go to ordered me a grazing muzzle). It should be available in July.
Sometimes the tail is thin due to breakage and being dried out(possibly too much of other products) the hot oil treatments keep the tail soft and light and since its not breaking it can get thicker....this was phantoms tail before I started the treatments
And the other picture is what it looks like now after about a year and a half of treatment
It is incredibly soft and barely feels like a real horse tail anymore lol
(wow I sound like an add but I love this stuff ;P)
Also if you're going to braid, braid loosely because that can add to the breakage.