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post #11 of 22 Old 09-17-2012, 02:09 AM Thread Starter
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Update on the MTG: Didn't smell quite as bad as I was expecting... Definitely not a good smell, but I was bracing myself after the responses I got. Lol!
I rubbed a small amount into her tail bone (which was drier under the hair than I expected!) and ran my hands down through the hair to detangle it. Let it dry for a while, then braided and put it in a tailbag. First time I've used a tailbag, but I thought it looked pretty good.
Then used a small amount and rubbed into the top of her mane, then ran my fingers through like I did with the tail. Did four french braids like the ones in this vid: (skip to about 3:00)
I know Caly isn't a breed with typically long and luxurious manes/tails, but I'm not showing her anytime soon and she already has decent length and thickness... I want to see just how good we can get it with a little help. Her forelock needs a LOT of help, though. I'm also letting her bridle path grow out to see if I like her having an entirely full mane or not. Would have taken pics but it was getting late tonight and I just wanted to get home. Will try to take some tomorrow when I see how my new handiwork held up!
I will say that I'm already pleased with how shiny and detangled the hair was after I applied the MTG. Time will tell if the dirt sticks to it too badly for me to continue with it.

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post #12 of 22 Old 09-17-2012, 09:33 AM
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I just wanted to add a word of caution - make sure you check on it often the first few days. My mare had a terrible reaction to MTG. It worked fine (with no reaction at all) on her tail, but when I tried it on her mane, her entire neck swelled up, and was hot and puffy, and very sensitive to being touched. I ended up having to put her on steroids to bring the inflammation down. We don't know what caused it - the vet thought maybe something in the MTG reacted poorly with something in her fly spray or regular coat conditioner and basically caused a chemical reaction on her skin. :( She was fine, but it was scary.
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post #13 of 22 Old 09-17-2012, 10:36 AM
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Love it! It's much less greasier than 3-in-1 Machine Oil, and, as an added bonus, it smells GREAT (like Bacon! Yum!). It really works well with helping the mane grow long and it even helps with preventing sunbleaching!

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post #14 of 22 Old 09-17-2012, 11:03 AM
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I love it! I have appaloosas that have awewome manes ahd tails. If that tells you anything. Lol. It also works amazing on rain rot. I think it smells lke liqiud smoke that you cook with!
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post #15 of 22 Old 09-18-2012, 02:32 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, went out and checked her out tonight. Couldn't get any good pics of her mane (since I didn't want to take it out and re-braid it just yet!) but here is a "before-ish" shot of her tail, after I took it out of the bag and very lightly picked it out before re-braiding and re-bagging. I know she already has a decent tail, but do you see all that poofy short stuff at the top? I kinda shook my fingers through it to make it stand out better for the picture, so it doesn't usually look quite that bad. But I want to see if it will grow out and join the rest of her tail.
The mane picture is an epic fail, and since her currently mohawk-style bridle path is short, the braid didn't stay. I'm just gonna leave that section un-braided until it gets longer. So far no reaction or heat or inflammation, so that's good. Crossing my fingers that it will stay that way.

Two notes:
1) Please don't be too critical of my braiding, as this is my first time trying it other than just completely messing around years ago.

2) I'm sure some of you will notice that Caly has lost some weight over the summer. Here in Nebraska, we've had a horrendous summer where almost the entire month of July was over 100 degrees and very humid. June was hot as well and until this week we didn't see much of a break from the heat. Also, midwestern USA has been in an extreme drought for most of the summer. The horses at my barn have taken the poor weather and dried out pastures hard. I bought Caly in June, and her previous owner said she would do "just fine" on pasture alone. This was in no way the case this summer, and I have since put her on Strategy Healthy Edge and a regular riding schedule to get her back into good shape and to put some weight on her. Also, the small nicks on her hindquarters are from her pasture mates. They tend to harass each other a bit, but she's in the middle of the pecking order so she dishes it out too. :) So I guess I'm saying, please don't be too critical of my horse's condition; she and I are working on pulling out of a very tough season and are definitely a work in progress! Thank you!
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post #16 of 22 Old 09-18-2012, 07:46 AM
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Love MTG. Works great when my mustang came in with mystery hair loss on his withers and a few spots on his neck. Hair grew back within days. I've also used it in the past on a cat who gets hot spots on his back during the middle of the summer and nothing the vet gave him would cure it. The MTG is the only that works to give him relief.

Now a word of warning. On really hot days don't put it under the mane where the mane can hold the heat in over the neck. It will swell and puff. I've had this happen a couple times. Always happens when it is super hot out and they are trying to sweat under the mane. Not sure why. Seems not to happen if I put it on and braid the mane instead so the heat can be released. Anyone else experience this?

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post #17 of 22 Old 09-18-2012, 10:06 AM
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I decided I hate the stuff. I finally finished a whole bottle just because I was too cheap to throw it away, but all it did was make a big greasy, stinky mess.

I actually like the smell going on, but the next day it has this awful sulpher smell. Dust sticks to it like crazy which isn't great on a gray horse.

What I do now is mix baby oil about 50/50 (or less) with baby lotion or hand lotion, shake it up, and voila, an oily detangler which goes on thicker and smells better than MTG. But that is what I was using MTG for.....a detangler. Yucky! I like my baby oil concoction much better.

People seem to like MTG for skin issues. But I was just wanting a mane/tail conditioner/detangler.

Oh, the best thing I have found for mane/tail rubbing is fly spray. I think bugs must be the main cause because fly spray cured my Mustang completely of mane/tail rubbing. My mare not so much, because she rubs her mane sticking her head through the fence to get hay scraps.
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post #18 of 22 Old 09-20-2012, 04:07 PM
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LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i have been using it on my mares scratches and after a week they improved dramaticlly but now iv been doing it every other day

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post #19 of 22 Old 09-23-2012, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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One week update:

I'm not seeing much progress so far, but it is early on. Her tailbone is visibly less dry than before, so that's good.

The first picture is her mane, second is her tail, third is her "mohawk" (growing out her bridle path), and the last one is her itsy bitsy forelock. The lighting gave her a devil eye... Lol!
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post #20 of 22 Old 09-28-2012, 01:01 PM
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I use it on my gelding. I had him for 6 years with almost no tail or mane growth so I tried it. It's rather greasy and does have a unique bacon-y smell but it works. I've been using it a few times a month for the past four years with great results. I always put it in before I braid his tail and wear gloves to keep it off my hands but there was plenty of new tail growth within the first few applications.

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