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    11-15-2011, 11:14 AM
  #1
Weanling
Exclamation Nasty Tails.. HELP!

One of my mares has the grossest tail you could see. Its caked with mud, pee (she's also in heat so its particularly nasty atm), poo (she has a thick tail that is always in the way of her business), and to top it all off it has pitch from the pine trees in it. **yay** LOL.
My gelding has almost the same problem but without the pee.
Any ideas on cleaning it? I'll probably end up washing it if I can't get anything else to work but its a bit chilly for that this time of year .
     
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    11-15-2011, 11:19 AM
  #2
Trained
First I'd take a bucket of warm water and dip her tail in it to get it wet and rinse out some of the nastiness. Then I'd lather up the tail and rinse it in the warm water. With my horses I can take the bucket right up to the dock of their tail with the tail in it to get the most of the tail wet & rinsed. After rinsing out the soap and most of the yuck, I'd take some kind of oil, olive oil, corn oil etc, to put on the pitchy parts and work that through to dissolve it. Then I'd was the oil out and put a nice leave in conditioner on the tail. As long as it's just the tail getting wet, the horse shouldn't get cold. I'd take old towelling and squeeze the excess water out of the tail, so it wouldn't drip on the horses legs.
     
    11-15-2011, 11:24 AM
  #3
mls
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by SRCM16    
I'll probably end up washing it if I can't get anything else to work but its a bit chilly for that this time of year .
We wash tails all winter long. My husband has them there yella horses. Dang white tails.

Warm water to wash and rinse and towels to dry. Several towels to dry the one mare. Very thick tail!
     
    11-15-2011, 11:30 AM
  #4
Foal
Wash the tail in a bucket of warm water, make sure you really scrub and then rinse it well. Then add in lots of conditioner, I like the cowboy magic conditioner bc it leaves the hair very slippery for about a week. I put my horses tails up for the winter since there arent any bugs in the northeast, that's the easiet way to keep them clean, my mare isnt too bad but my ponies tail is white and stains easily. If you can't put them up, just keep up on washing and conditioning. If you are worried about them freezing I taught my two to let me blow dry them, works great!
     
    11-15-2011, 11:38 AM
  #5
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
First I'd take a bucket of warm water and dip her tail in it to get it wet and rinse out some of the nastiness. Then I'd lather up the tail and rinse it in the warm water. With my horses I can take the bucket right up to the dock of their tail with the tail in it to get the most of the tail wet & rinsed. After rinsing out the soap and most of the yuck, I'd take some kind of oil, olive oil, corn oil etc, to put on the pitchy parts and work that through to dissolve it. Then I'd was the oil out and put a nice leave in conditioner on the tail. As long as it's just the tail getting wet, the horse shouldn't get cold. I'd take old towelling and squeeze the excess water out of the tail, so it wouldn't drip on the horses legs.
My mare (just got her in September) hates her tail being f***ed with. Be it brushing or anything, and actually would threaten to kick while brushing it. Now she's not so bad, but I don't want to be behind her washing her tail for that long of time, but she's going to have to get used to it anyway I guess. *sigh* Might as well be now, right?

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Originally Posted by mls    
We wash tails all winter long. My husband has them there yella horses. Dang white tails.

Warm water to wash and rinse and towels to dry. Several towels to dry the one mare. Very thick tail!
My paint mare has a white tail that always (even with whitening shampoo) stays a yellow color, one year it was even a light shade of orange!
     
    11-15-2011, 11:42 AM
  #6
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by fancygirl    
Wash the tail in a bucket of warm water, make sure you really scrub and then rinse it well. Then add in lots of conditioner, I like the cowboy magic conditioner bc it leaves the hair very slippery for about a week. I put my horses tails up for the winter since there arent any bugs in the northeast, that's the easiet way to keep them clean, my mare isnt too bad but my ponies tail is white and stains easily. If you can't put them up, just keep up on washing and conditioning. If you are worried about them freezing I taught my two to let me blow dry them, works great!
When you say "put them up" do you mean braid them or put them in tail bags or what? LOL. The mare I'm talking about can't keep a tail braid in to save her life. I'll braid her tail before I put her in her stall while she is eating her grain then the next morning when I go out to put her in the pasture its out.

I never even thought of the blow dryer idea, and I have three out in the barn right now! LOL.
     
    11-15-2011, 11:42 AM
  #7
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by SRCM16    
My mare (just got her in September) hates her tail being f***ed with. Be it brushing or anything, and actually would threaten to kick while brushing it. Now she's not so bad, but I don't want to be behind her washing her tail for that long of time, but she's going to have to get used to it anyway I guess. *sigh* Might as well be now, right?


My paint mare has a white tail that always (even with whitening shampoo) stays a yellow color, one year it was even a light shade of orange!
Ok, so the FIRST thing you do is teach her that it's YOUR tail and you can F*** with it all YOU want and HER opinion doesn't matter and kicks most certainly won't be tolerated. If one of mine even thought about picking up a hoof they know they'd get creamed for such a thing.
     
    11-15-2011, 11:47 AM
  #8
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
Ok, so the FIRST thing you do is teach her that it's YOUR tail and you can F*** with it all YOU want and HER opinion doesn't matter and kicks most certainly won't be tolerated. If one of mine even thought about picking up a hoof they know they'd get creamed for such a thing.
She was a rescue when I first got her so she was pretty messed up. She doesn't kick anymore just swishes her tail, but she's getting a lot better and actually lets me braid it now. I think its because the previous owner hobbled her to do anything dealing with her hind end because they were scared of getting kicked, and she thought because the hobbles were off its ok to kick. She learned pretty fast it wasn't. LOL.
     
    11-15-2011, 12:05 PM
  #9
Foal
Use dawn dish soup it dose wonders on white tails.
     
    11-15-2011, 12:15 PM
  #10
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by stacysills02    
use dawn dish soup it dose wonders on white tails.
Ok, I'll try it.
     

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