Originally Posted by Azale1
I had the same situation with an older mare at my last job that we had come in from another farm. Her whole tail was one large mass and knot. The way I managed to get it out was to get some vetrolin detangler or whatever detangler is available that is just one I used. Show sheen works or human leave in conditioner also. Soak it with this stuff. Then see if it is possible for you to seperate little sections of hair to work with. And soak each of those sections. Then section by section begin seperating hairs only do a few at a time maybe about 10-20 hairs or so and pull them all the way through the knot till they are free from the knot, then go onto the next hairs. And every so often when you notice the tail beginning to dry a bit or hairs begin to get difficult to pull through then resoak the tail. This is a very long process but is well worth the effort when your horse does not loose his beautiful tail. Also just as a note I would check the tail when you finish detangling it for any injuries or irritations. The reason I say this is because the mare we had this with had a major puncture wound in her tail bone that had oozed and which is what caused the large matt.
That is how I get them free, too. I use the cowboy magic conditioner, though ;) I never had good luck with baby oil, I think it doesn't get as slippery as some of the condioners do.