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post #1 of 7 Old 06-06-2012, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Mane and Tail Mangement Tips

Hi all,

My arabian is beginning to get that long and flowy mane and tail again. I want to keep it conditioned and tangle free throughout the summer. His mane usually gets really dry and it begins to break off (like our hair) if it gets this way. I guess what I really would like to know is how do you all keep your horses' hair soft, shiny and tangle free? Are there any home reciepies for hair care. I have a "pink" spray from a local tack store that a friend gave me, but for the life of me I cannot figure out what it is called...

Thanks!

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-06-2012, 01:11 PM
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Hi all,

My arabian is beginning to get that long and flowy mane and tail again. I want to keep it conditioned and tangle free throughout the summer. His mane usually gets really dry and it begins to break off (like our hair) if it gets this way. I guess what I really would like to know is how do you all keep your horses' hair soft, shiny and tangle free? Are there any home reciepies for hair care. I have a "pink" spray from a local tack store that a friend gave me, but for the life of me I cannot figure out what it is called...

Thanks!

Go on youtube, and look up how to wrap a tail. That's really the only way to keep a tail tangle free.

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go on youtube, and look up how to wrap a tail. That's really the only way to keep a tail tangle free.
It's not the only way. Not to mention, unless the horse has a fly sheet, the tail is necessary for fly protection.

Conditioning the tail will help a lot. A conditioned tail is softer and easy to untangle.
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Hi all,

My arabian is beginning to get that long and flowy mane and tail again. I want to keep it conditioned and tangle free throughout the summer. His mane usually gets really dry and it begins to break off (like our hair) if it gets this way. I guess what I really would like to know is how do you all keep your horses' hair soft, shiny and tangle free? Are there any home reciepies for hair care. I have a "pink" spray from a local tack store that a friend gave me, but for the life of me I cannot figure out what it is called...

Thanks!
Hey there! I am a big mane/tail person..I just love that long hair flowing in the wind. I have never wrapped or braided any of mine for safe keeping & 5 of the 6 have full tails to the ground as well as long full manes. When its warm enough after winter I start with a good soaking of olive oil to soften...its a great conditioner! Then I follow up with periodic show sheen..never brushing until dry & always starting at the bottom & working my way upward as I stroke in a downward direction. I only use mane type brushes...the kind with rows of stiffer bristles with tiny balls on the end...human brushes can be found that look exactly the same & they are cheaper ;)). Period shampooing/conditioner to get out stains & residual ick & there you go! ...and BTW my horses are turned out daily as a herd...
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Thanks so far for the replies! I do not wrap his tail at all and it's right to the ground, was dragging before I cut it. I have heard of the olive oil and was also told to mix eggs in... Is that really okay, lol? He follows where the sun shines brightest and suns himself nearly all day so like I said his mane and tail get dry really fast. I will have to try it and see what works.

Just found this, I'm guessing a "mug" is a cup. It's from the UK.

1 mug pig oil (or baby oil)
1 mug water
1 mug human hair conditioner (I like to use lavender or t-tree ones but you can use whatever you want)
Splash of sensitive fabric conditioner
Squirt of shaving foam (trust me on this one!)

Hmmmm, lots to try. Also just baby oil in a spray bottle does wonders I guess. (:

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It's not the only way. Not to mention, unless the horse has a fly sheet, the tail is necessary for fly protection.

Conditioning the tail will help a lot. A conditioned tail is softer and easy to untangle.
The video tell you how to help with that. You use bailing twine.

You can do what ever you want to a tail, but it they are whacking the heck out pf it, nothing is going to work.
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Condition with Mane N Tail about once a week or once every two weeks. In between use their detangler when brushing. Their stuff, I've found, is the only conditioner with oils that actually penetrate the hair shaft and keep it conditioned even if you don't use their products for a while. Ever use show sheen? Know how it feels gross the next day? Mane n Tail detangler keeps it conditioned and soft for literally weeks. I know I sound like I'm promoting their stuff like crazy, but seriously, it works! It doesn't make it super shiny or super soft, but it feels naturally nice and just...Pleasant.

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