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    08-20-2010, 11:10 PM
  #1
Foal
need advice for rescue with matted tail

I am getting a horse tomorrow that has badly chiped up feet and a tail that is just about a solid mat. He seems like a really good, sweet horse and I just got to help this boy out...does anyone know how I can get this huge mat out without cutting his tail off........
     
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    08-20-2010, 11:31 PM
  #2
Banned
It takes a long long time and a ton of patience but in fly season, its worth giving it a go at saving the tail. I would try baby oil and a oster mane and tail brush. Start at the very bottom and do it in sections.

Good luck!
     
    08-21-2010, 12:06 AM
  #3
Started
Farriers secrete ( is good) also a touch of soybean oil
     
    08-21-2010, 12:18 AM
  #4
Foal
Hey twister, farriers secret? The same stuff they put on hoofs? I'll give it a shot...guess we going to find out how long this boy will stand tied and how long he'll stand getting his tail pulled ! =} I'll see if I can get some pictures of before and after.... I hope he turns out to be a good horse, it's so hard to tell what they will be like in the everyday happenings, but I tried to make him mad by riding him away from the barn several times, he didn't like it, but he went where I asked him to...thats got to be a good sign...
     
    08-21-2010, 12:26 AM
  #5
Showing
I use baby oil. Works well and is exceedingly cheap. That way, I don't feel guilty if it takes a whole bottle. It took me about 3 hours to get the mat out of my Belgian mare's tail after she came home. Just be patient and, if he needs to, take some breaks. You can spend 2 or 3 days on it if necessary to avoid one long session.
     
    08-21-2010, 12:29 AM
  #6
Started
Its also a feed supp too
     
    08-21-2010, 12:44 AM
  #7
Weanling
If all else fails, WD40 works great. I used it on my mustang when I got him.
     
    08-21-2010, 02:09 AM
  #8
Green Broke
Calgon bath beads-dry
And water!

1 part calgon and 3 parts water...drench tail!
     
    08-21-2010, 03:34 AM
  #9
Started
Soak that baby in good conditioner, too! Personally I like Cowboy Magic's conditioner.
I can't wait to see your before and afters!
     
    08-21-2010, 09:13 AM
  #10
Foal
Thanks for all the ideas. This is a great group of people on this forum, going to go pick him up this afternoon. Ya'll shoot me a prayer or wish me luck....
     

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