Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Central California
I coat my mare's tail with conditioner, braid it, and throw it into a tail bag for an hour (this helps get any caked on dirt, etc off, too). After that, with a **little** water and brushing from the bottom up like mls said, it brushes out fairly quickly. If there's anything caked on, you should be able to get it removed easily by scraping it with a metal curry comb.
I find the dreads come back fast, though, if you don't maintain it often enough. Tenacity gets them. Braiding for a while helps the hair from being prone to twisting.
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