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    05-27-2013, 11:30 AM
I find the Eqyss detangler is the best. A friend got an OTTB who was left to pasture and had a tail full of burrs and knots. Most poeple would have shaved it off. We stood there for over an hour working on it with the detangler and it came out very easy and we managed to barely pull out any hair in the process.
I also acquired a Wb gelding who was on pasture for 3 years and his tail was full of burrs and tangles and it was extremely thick. I did the same and had the exact results. Remember too, don't use a comb if possible. Just finger comb until everything is out and then use a wide tooth comb to get any small tangles out =)

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    05-27-2013, 01:52 PM
I'm sticking with corn starch. The mane had formed dreadlocks at the crest, mixed with dander and dirt from rolling. Again the corn starch did the job. This time I drizzled dilute SuperPoo on the gummy part to help keep if from retangling. When I checked both this morning, so far so good.
    05-27-2013, 01:59 PM
Oh wow. If mine ever get tangled Ill have to try that =)
    05-27-2013, 02:22 PM
Corn starch? Would have never thought of that. Thanks for the tip.
    05-27-2013, 02:52 PM
I agree, I'd never thought of it either and I'll be adding it to my bag of tricks. I've always just used baby oil and a lot of time, but that can get so messy.

Destiny, another thing to consider is that he might need to have his tail popped. Occasionally, one of ours will start rubbing in spite of everything being checked just as you've checked yours. My Dad will pop their tail (he's got some kind of trick where he grabs a handful of hair high up on their dock and kind of twists/pulls and it pops) and the rubbing stops immediately. I've not figured out how to do it yet where I can get them to pop, but that fixes ours right up.
    05-27-2013, 02:54 PM
My best friend is mane and tail!
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    05-28-2013, 12:53 AM
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
destiny, are the mosquitoes out or other biting bugs? A horse lifts it's tail when it walks and guess who goes under there to dine? Also, they'll lunch where the hair is shorter near the top of the tail. Slather lots of petroleum both on the underside and the top side. The bugs will leave it alone. The relief should stop the rubbing.
The weather is absolutely crazy here, high 80s one day, and then 30s the next, I haven't seen that many bugs out.

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