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post #1 of 12 Old 04-25-2011, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie with Some Serious Grooming Questions

I have a horse that I've recently inherited, but have been caring for, for many years. Now I have been given a beautiful ex trotter, who is in need of some serious loving and grooming...and I'm not sure where to begin!! He's been left out with a cover, but i'm use to putting my horse up every night, and brushing daily....she's dusty....but this boy is a mess!!! I started to curry him today, and he's stood great for me, but his coat is rather crazy....what are the long hairs sticking out everywhere is this normal? like from no grooming? The vet had me do a power pack 3 day wormer on him...do worms cause this? His main and bangs, and tail are full of burs....i'm going to try some detangler on that but any other suggestions? He's a big beefy boy, and I can't wait to get him all cleaned up...i'm sure some water will do wonders...thanks for any help!!
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-25-2011, 10:05 PM
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It sounds like you already have a plan!

He probably will be as good as new after a bath or two. The Cowboy Magic stuff is a little expensive but it's the best and it works. The detangler is AMAZING. Good Luck!

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post #3 of 12 Old 04-26-2011, 12:05 AM
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haha, the best detangler that I've found is called Cowboy Magic... and the best part is that it works for human hair too!!!!
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Yep cowboy magic and a few baths he'll look great:)
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-26-2011, 12:10 AM
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Yes the long hairs could indicate worms but the powerpac should take care of that! I love slick n easy shedding blocks and there's an inexpensive way to buy them. They are nothing but restaurant type grill cleaning blocks. I get them at a restaurant supply in a big block that I cut up and make 10 out of for 2 bucks I use my daughter's kid detangler on manes and tails, cheaper than the stuff marketed to horse people and it works just as well! Best grooming tool there is though is lots of elbow grease! Good vigorous grooming does wonders for toning the muscles under their skin.

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^^^^Agree 100% with MHF!!
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post #7 of 12 Old 04-26-2011, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much, I seen the blocks but wasn't sure off to get to find the inexpensive type and detangler, first night went well in his new stall was happy to see it still standing :)
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post #8 of 12 Old 04-26-2011, 04:37 PM
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Glad his first night went well! Can't wait to see him in full bloom :) The blocks if you buy the ones marketed for horses are 4 bucks a piece! I save $36 buying the big sized ones from the food place :) Then we they get full of dirt & gunk I don't feel wasteful taking the rasp to the edges to clean them!

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post #9 of 12 Old 04-26-2011, 04:43 PM
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I use simple baby oil as a de-tangler. Its cheap and works well. The long hairs could be from worms or that could be just a part of how he's shedding out. One of mine has the same thing, shedding all the shorter hairs but those longer ones are still stuck LOL. Just give him a bit of time. Grooming him a few times a week plus good feed will do wonders for his coat.

As for de-tangling the burrs, soak the mane/tail in the detangler and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, start at the bottom and slowly work the knots out either with your fingers or a large toothed comb. You'll break more hair with the comb but it makes the work go faster, in my opinion.

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You've been given lots of good advice. I love baby oil for detangling manes and tails. I just go to the dollar store and buy a bottle of it, along with a hairbrush for people (kind of a paddle type). Avon Skin So Soft works great as a detangler and bug repellant, plus it makes your pony smell nice. Drizzle oil on the brush and work from bottom to top in both the mane and tail. Once you work through the tail, you might want to loosely braid &/or bag it to keep it from getting yucky again. And again.
Elbow grease, patience and lots and lots of consistency are your best tools. Congrats on your new guy!
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