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post #1 of 20 Old 01-20-2009, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Severly Knotted Mane...Help!

I am going to be leasing a gorgeous gelding coming up in a month or so. However, this past weekend I went to see him for the first time and happened to notice that his mane had two huge tangles/knots in it. I don't know how to explain it well, but if you have a grass-kept horse, you probably know what I'm talking about.

Anyone have any advice on how to get this out (painlessly)?

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post #2 of 20 Old 01-20-2009, 07:06 PM
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A friend an I just rescued a tbred that was thin and what not. Anyway someone at some point in time tried to braid his tali in a french braid. Leaving a masive knott. We took a bucket of warm water and put some MTG and Showsheen (not the best for horses but it works) and soaked his tail in it and without loosing his tail we were able to get the knott out.
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post #3 of 20 Old 01-20-2009, 07:16 PM
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Yeah I'd just spray a ton of conditioner on the knots... showsheen, mane n' tail, rio vista.. whatever, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes then work on gently going through it with a plastic straight comb or a mane/tail brush.

Start at the bottom of the knot, and kind of... brush over top of it? I'm not sure how to explain it really but if you've ever combed a knot out of your hair after a shower you'll know what I mean. Basically go in short quick strokes working at the bottom of the frontmost layer of the knot, and work your way up/through? Does that make sense?

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lol, I know exactly what you mean.

Having a little sister with long hair helps too. =)

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post #5 of 20 Old 01-20-2009, 07:30 PM
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Well i would suggest cutting it, but thats my preference, But i know peanut butter works to get gum out?ahaha

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post #6 of 20 Old 01-20-2009, 07:45 PM
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Yeah I agree with the above posters put alot of vetrolin or show sheen and wait a while then try and take out the knots. And as somone said before start and the bottom and work your way up

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post #7 of 20 Old 01-20-2009, 09:38 PM
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I would chop it off and have the mane all the same length. Then you could grow out a new, beautiful mane!

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post #8 of 20 Old 01-20-2009, 09:54 PM
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Whatever you do it probably won't hurt him since horses don't really feel pain when it comes to their manes, etc they just feel pressure and some horses are more sensitive to it than others.

But yup, loads of conditioner and just slowly work it out.
I normally use my hands for the big stuff then I use the comb.

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post #9 of 20 Old 01-20-2009, 11:15 PM
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I know this sounds completly insane but if conditioners as above said get a can of WD40 and spary it in the knot and start working through it though if u use this method be sure to rinse the mane well after

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post #10 of 20 Old 01-20-2009, 11:36 PM
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I have heard of using WD40, but I myself have never tried it.

What I have always done (horse had a club for tail, well...almost) is to go get the cheap Suave conditioner and saturate the tail with the conditoner. Wet the mane and apply gobs and gobs of the conditioner, to the point where you can almost ring the conditioner out like water. Let it sit for a 5 mins or so and then start hand picking it out, start at the bottom and work your way up. This works so much better than baby oil (all it does is attract dirt), show sheen (dries the hair out), mtg (cheaper, dont know if it actually works better since I have never used it). You could probably use coconut oil as well (when it is in the liquid form), since this is one of the best ways of conditioning hair (horse or human). I haven't not tried coconut oil for knots becuase I just found out about using the product for conditioning.
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