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post #31 of 39 Old 07-01-2010, 08:22 PM
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I fifth the hot oil treatments. I've used the Infusium hot oil treatment, and I've used olive oil before too. Yes it is greasy, but it washes out at the next bath time. I also make my own tail bags with vet wrap, and I leave them in for 2 weeks at a time.
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post #32 of 39 Old 07-09-2010, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Ridehorses99 View Post
They are really pretty easy to do, as long as you know how to braid. I buy the three tube braids. Tie the top of the sack just below the tail bone. Stick your hand up one of the tubes from the bottom to the top (there's a hole in the top). Separate your horse's tail into 3 sections. Grab 1 of the sections with the hand that is through the tube and pull the hairs through the tube. Repeat this for the other 2 tubes. You will now have 3 tubes - each filled with 1/3 of your horse's tail hair. Braid the three tubes and tie the tubes at the bottom. I then go back and re-tie the top just to make sure it's secure. About every 3 weeks, I take the braid out, wash and condition his tail, let it dry, then rebraid. The tubes protect the hair and keep them from breaking off.
I do this too, my horse's tail grew over the winter approx 2 inches. I leave it in almost permanently. Works great for horses with a short tail during fly season too to help with flies, a great extention! I take it out, brush it, recondition it (heavily) and rebraid it, put it back in the tubes. I wash it and condition it about every two weeks or less. Hes got a gorgeous tail now!! The tubes/tail bag really help protect the tail from the elements and breaking off. I will never go without one! I just use basic stuff, mane and tail shampoo/conditioner..nothing fancy and it works great. I use the conditioner everytime I put a comb through his tail to avoid breakage. The bags or tubes are easy to make as well, I make my own.
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post #33 of 39 Old 07-11-2010, 10:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Gidget View Post
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.
You don't have to buy one. I use this same technique for my horse. You can go to any craft store and by material or just cut up an old sheet of some sort and make three strips out of in and each section you can wrap in one of your strips of material to protect the hairs. Also washing the tail about every 2-3 weeks really scrubbing the bone and making sure that when you rinse ALL the soap is removed. This will help promote healthy hair growth. And NEVER use any sprays int he tail. Only one that I would recommend is Infusium 23 leave-in-conditioner. All the other sprays even if they say they are healthy for the tail and mane typically are not. The sprays dry out and damage the hairs. Also when you do have the hair down after washing and before braiding again be sure NOT to use a brush or comb. These too often break the hairs and pull them out at the same time. The best thing you can do is to once the hair is dry finger out all the knots and tangles. Then braid it up in your material. If you have money for MTG get some. You apply it once a week and a little bit does go a long way. Also remember to wear gloves when you apply it because it is greasy.

My old horse that I used to have came in with a scraggly thin yucky looking tail that barely came down to his hocks. And going through this routine on a regular basis after just 6 months The tail dragged the ground by a foot. This is a very cheap remedy but does require patience and commitment.
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post #34 of 39 Old 07-12-2010, 12:11 AM
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braids, tail wrap, bailing twine

here's what I do and it works a treat. My horses have INCREDIBLE tails in a short period of time.


Listerine mouthwash
Vet wrap
LOTS of frayed bailing twine (the thickness of your horses real tail or thicker when doubled up)
velcro tail guard (optional)
hair clip/pin

Step one: pour listerine all over tail bone and rub it in. Let sit for an hour or so.

Step two: wash your horse, including tail. Really wash the tail well to get the listerine off.

Step Three: condition mane and tail let sit for 10 minutes

Step Four: rinse tail, wring out, comb in leave in conditioner while coming out tangles(I'm using Biolage mixed with spring water to half dilution and shaken up in a spray bottle)

Step 5: Let tail dry

Step 6: when you're sure the tail is dry braid the lower portion of the horse's tail (IE: from where the tail bone ends)

Step 7: Loop the end of the braid up to where it begins (end of tail bone) and pin it.

Step 8: Vet wrap the tail loosely from the dock all the way down including the braided loop (or apply a velcro tail guard to the bone and just wrap the looped braid (unpin the tail first but hold it so you wrap it right) and make sure to wrap a little longer then the tail loop.

Step 9: Cut a hole in the vet wrap below the tail loop (do not cut it closer or else you risk cutting the tail)

Step 10: Take your frayed bailing twine and loop it through the hole and tie it off tightly around itself, not the tail. This acts as your horses tail so he/she can still whisk off flies and if she gets it caught it'll rip the vet wrap/bailing twine instead of their tail.

Don't take down often. I take mine down once a month MAYBE. Just be sure not to wrap too tightly or to get it wet. Hair can and will rot.

The listerine actually acts as a stimuli to the hair follicle and promotes hair growth.
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post #35 of 39 Old 07-12-2010, 01:52 AM
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I didn't read through the thread, so pardon me if I repeat anything, but if you need your tail to be pretty for shows, wash it (with normal shampoo), braid it, and put it in a tail bag. That makes sure it doesn't fall out or get stepped on or anything. If you want it pretty just to be pretty, then MTG and show sheen and all that good stuff.

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post #36 of 39 Old 07-12-2010, 02:16 AM
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Ooo goody! So many things to try! I actually have a bunch of Infusium 23 products that I just don't use anymore. I'm gonna take them out to the barn tomorrow. Too bad I just gave Rio a bath! I didn't realize how many people use actual human stuff on their horses, lol. I need a hot oil treatment on my own hair right about now, haha.

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post #37 of 39 Old 07-15-2010, 02:26 PM
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I've been using coconut oil for a year and it's been working really well for me. I think I'll try that hot oil treatment everyone talks about, though
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post #38 of 39 Old 07-15-2010, 03:34 PM
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I've been using coconut oil for a year and it's been working really well for me. I think I'll try that hot oil treatment everyone talks about, though
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post #39 of 39 Old 07-17-2010, 10:50 PM
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I bought a hot oil treatment for Vinty's tail, haven't tried it yet tho. Whats your routine when using them? Do you wash first, bag it brush it or just put it in rinse it and leave it?

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