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post #1 of 9 Old 12-22-2009, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Mane and Tail Products?

Well, over the winter I'd like to get Thumper's tail thicker and longer. His mane is incredibly thick, but his tail is pretty thin and scraggly . So what are some good products that I could put in his tail to make it a little thicker?
I've noticed that a lot of people have been suggesting MTG- here are my questions about it:
-Does it really smell that strongly of bacon?
-Do you need to wash it out? Or is it a leave-in product?
-If I were to use this, should I use gloves so the smell doesn't stay on my hands?

And what are just some good products like Cowboy Magic that DO NOT have silicone in them?
Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 9 Old 12-23-2009, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 9 Old 12-23-2009, 11:55 AM
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i like mane and tail, it makes rena all soft :)
the MTG does smell alot like bacon and comfire haha but i dont mind that smell.
it is a leave in product, and i dont use gloves... if i wash my hands after the smell goes away. I would recommend MTG and mane and tail products...they both work for me, and if you use them TOGETHER!! hahaha that would make a big tail!

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post #4 of 9 Old 12-23-2009, 11:56 AM
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I just wash out MTG on occasion, when its warm enough and I get a chance. It smells like bacon to me. I love the smell! I only use it for horses with real issues.

I like to leave tails alone, too much product can dry out or greese up a tail depending on the ingredients. Clean and dry is the best thing to do. If your really concerner look for a feed through coat product or try ground flax seed, I feed about a cup per day. My horses are shiney and I really dont brush them at all.
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post #5 of 9 Old 12-24-2009, 01:33 PM
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To me MTG smells more like BBQ lol. It smells good, but gross all at the same time. When I got my gelding he had a long flowing mane and tail, well I chopped it off. I was told that he was allergic to MTG, but I bought a bottle, and did a spot test....come to find out he wasn't allergic. I've been using it for 2 weeks now, and my gelding's mane already has grown 1/2 to an inch long, and its getting thicker.

I highly recommend MTG, its expensive but worth it in the end
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post #6 of 9 Old 12-24-2009, 08:22 PM
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I agree with the said above. MTG and the cowboy magic products work great! Also clean and dry works great as well. I find a tail bag to be very useful especially in the winter months because they dont need it to swat flies...its a great weight for the tail to grow, Wash his tail, condition it, braid it and put a tail bag on. Leave it pretty much alone after that unless to recondition, max once a week. You will be very pleased with the results!
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post #7 of 9 Old 12-27-2009, 06:45 PM
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I would spot test mtg, and if Thumper doesn't have a reaction to it, then put it throughout the hair.. braid the tail and then put it in a tail bag!
I also use healthy hair care hair moisturizer.


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post #8 of 9 Old 12-28-2009, 12:06 AM
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what I've always done is just really protect it..keep it braided year round (and be fair to your horse, put on a fly sheet during fly season if you're gonna be braiding it!) and throw it into a nice tail bag when it's at all muddy..taking it out as often as possible, no less than once a week. but a warning about tail bags: my last horse wore one fine for years but then one day one of his pasture mates ripped it clean out of his tail-taking chunks of his tail with it. be careful if your horse is kept in a pasture. it might be wise to put something like McNasty on it to prevent horses from messing with it.
I feed both ground flax seed and a splash of corn oil with grain, and that really helps. if you can afford extra, grand coat supplement works great.
as a detangler/shiner/leave in conditioner, I use Absorbine's Santa Fe and Eqyss Survivor. both really awesome products that I'm just in love with, after working with Show Sheen and Cowboy Magic for years and never being satisfied. these really do condition as they detangle (unlike Show Sheen, which is actually very damaging) and detangle like you won't believe. they help me get through my quarter horse's crazy thick tail even when it's a mess.
I always spray that and brush it thoroughly between braids. be careful when you brush! it's impossible not to break any hairs but the less you break the better. coat that thing with detangler and rub it in really thoroughly before taking a brush to it, and brush it as carefully as you have the time to. if you have the time to pick through it by hand, that would be the best situation, but I know none of us really have time for that these days.
with all of that and a solid diet it's enough to get a tail looking very nice pretty quickly.

I should also note, I've just recently invested in some MTG because I've heard nothing but good about it. I'd definitely had started using it sooner if I had remembered to. it definitely does smell like bacon. I had a slight problem getting it completely off of my hands even washing them right after, but I'd prefer not to wear gloves when working with my horse's tail because I want to be able to have feel and not break hairs. it will come off after a few washes, though, or a wash with some soft it's up to you =)

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post #9 of 9 Old 12-30-2009, 08:47 AM
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Good hair growth comes from within. With a good diet, the tail (and all hair) will benefit. As said above, a good detangler to prevent breakage helps.

Even with the best products, hair growth is stimulated by blood. The more you massage and stimulate (brushing does a great job of this) the tail dock, neck crest, your own head, the quicker hair grows. Typical growth is 1/2" a month with or without products.

Watch your bridle paths growth to determine the rate your horse's hair is growing

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