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    04-03-2010, 12:52 PM
Green Broke
Talking Making her tail silky!

Ok so I've used Canter Mane & Tail (and LOVE it!) but I'm looking for something a little cheaper...I have tried using Infusium 23 (yes, for people hehe!) and it works nicely but not as well as Canter Mane & Tail! So I'm looking for other things that I can spray into my mare's tail to make it soft and silky...what do YOU use?!
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    04-03-2010, 01:03 PM
Baby oil rubbed in is amazing also we use mister sheen(the house polish) awesome for everthing yard related I read somewhere there is something like to much silicone in it or something that its kinda damaging for there tail
    04-03-2010, 01:11 PM
Green Broke
You HAVE to find some Pink Spray. It's for African American people, and it works absolutely amazing on manes and tails! You can get a huge can of it for a dollar at the dollar stores! :]
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    04-03-2010, 05:39 PM
I use Show Sheen. I've never found anything better. =]
    04-03-2010, 07:12 PM
I shampoo really thoroughly with shampoo - doesn't really matter what one. Then I saturate the tail with conditioner - I use v05 human stuff. Then I rinse it completely.

Then my secret weapon - Hi-shine Hot Oil! This stuff is awesome and it smells like almonds. I dilute it with water in a spray bottle and spray it completely through the tail as it dries. Makes for a mirror shiny, tangle free tail!
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    04-04-2010, 02:40 PM
I wash my horse's tail quite frequently and use any kind of clear leave in conditioner/detangler. Silverado, Cowboy Magic and Vetrolin all make one. My horse has a black tail so I don't use any white stuff in it - I find it makes it dull. I also wash his tail with a blue tinted shampoo.
I wash it, spin it around to get the excess moisture off, work in a bunch of conditioner/detangler and then let it air dry. I never brush his tail, I pick through it strand by strand to get the tangles out. In the summer I usually bag it to keep it out of the sun. You can see his lovely locks in my DP. That's almost a year ago so it's a little thicker now.
    04-04-2010, 02:49 PM
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What has done wonders for Lacey's tail is just keeping it braided and Cowboy Magic detangler-ed. I had previously used Show Sheen on it quite extensively and while that worked to keep it tangle free, it kinda made her tail tough and brittle feeling (her tail normally feels and looks like human hair in the weirdest way possible).
And then, over the winter I wanted to get her tail even and pretty so I started braiding it and using enough cowboy magic that the inside of the braid still smells like it when I take the braid out (once every two weeks or so). I also washed it about once a month. And now, her tail is AMAZING. It is SO soft, it doesn't tangle when I let it out of the braid to work her for a few hours, and it's very shiny (for a white tail).

I'm really excited for the summer when I can show it off. Heeheehee
    04-04-2010, 03:48 PM
Green Broke
Great tips thanks everyone!
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    04-04-2010, 04:32 PM
Green Broke
Anything for ethnic hair will work great on a horses coarse tail hair. Look in te hair section at your local dept store ad I guarantee there will be ethnic hair products in their own category. I have used the hot oil treatments before on my palomino and they made her tail very soft and tangle free for quite a while. I have also used the relaxer for tails that tend to dredd up really bad, it relaxes the hair without damaging it and keeps the hair straight even after you braid it. You know it is gentle too because ethnic hair tends to be rather finicky and britle(according to my friends who are indeed black)

They also have shine products and such.
    04-04-2010, 04:39 PM
I love cowboy magic detangle and shine. Its fairly inexpensive and it leaves the tail all shiny. I think it is essentially liquid silk (I looked on the bottle once) and there is a similiar albiet way more expensive product for humans too.

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