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View Poll Results: how often do you brush your horse's tail?
everyday 18 27.69%
just before a show 5 7.69%
occasionally/ when i feel like it 38 58.46%
never 4 6.15%
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post #31 of 41 Old 12-06-2008, 04:59 AM
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I brush my horses tail through every time I ride. So pretty much every day in the summer and once or twice a week in the winter. I use spray in detangler and I go through the tail with my fingers I don't get knots out with a brush. Only when I've gone through the whole thing with my fingers will I use a soft human brush to neaten it up.
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post #32 of 41 Old 12-07-2008, 03:48 AM
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[quote=free_sprtd;195690]I'll take pics tomorrow of thunder's tail. THis tail only gets brushed maybe 1 every couple months because even a week after washing it....it's all tangled. he's got weird hair....thick and corse never soft.

OH and thanks appy and mini! ill have to try something. ill take some before and after pics lol. do you wash out the conditioner? NO I USE MTG AND IT IS NOT TO BE WASHED OUT or leave it in? how often do you change and rewrap? DEPENDS ON THE HORSE, IF THEY ALREADY HAVE A LONG THICK TAIL, THEN EVERY 3 TO 4 WEEKS, IF THEY HAVE NO TAIL LIKE MY ROAN AND I WANT IT TO GROW, THEN ONCE EVERY WEEK I WILL ADD MORE MTG AND REWRAP IT.[/quote]

yeah I never noticed this post before, sorry!

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post #33 of 41 Old 12-07-2008, 05:21 AM
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until recently i used to do my guys every day. never noticed a problem but my new mare has the most beautiful, long, thick mane and tail and im very paranoid about anything happening to it to ive started backing off on how much i brush it. ive just been plaiting her mane and tail after putting some conditioner through it and then i leave it be. its still growing well and isnt thinning out so im happy with that :)

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post #34 of 41 Old 12-07-2008, 10:46 AM
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I mostly leave my guys' tails alone unless we're showing or they are really tangled and dirty. My draft colt's tail is huge, big, kind of dreadlock curls and when I do brush it, it takes forever and is massive! It would take too long to do every time I ride so I just neaten up the top and trim the bottom when it drags on the ground. The appy has a nice medium length tail with lots of hair and usually I'll neaten it up too. I try not to brush the paint's tail much as it is thin and I don't want to break off too much hair. When I do brush them, I massage lots of conditioner in and do it piece by piece with a human hairbrush. I've never been one for braiding their tail, afraid it'll get caught on something!

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post #35 of 41 Old 12-07-2008, 10:55 AM
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I only brush my horses tail after she gets all muddy or crap in it or right after I bathe her and before a show , I do this mostly because i'm lazy and her tail is WAY TOO thick to rassle with everyday , but i do spray healthy hair care in her mane and tail and all over her body every day! lol that stuff is awsome! I don't bag mine because it's too much of a hassle if i'm going to put a fake tail in anyway.

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post #36 of 41 Old 12-07-2008, 11:02 AM
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Only before a ride unless we are having a random everyone gets groomed day.
We ride every day to 2-3 times a week though

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post #37 of 41 Old 12-07-2008, 02:31 PM
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Thanks for the good advise. I'm getting two young ladies next weekend and they are full of burs.... I'll remember, yalls advise.
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post #38 of 41 Old 12-08-2008, 02:31 PM
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I groom my guy from head to toe everyday. I put laser sheen on his tail and mane once a week and it never gets tangled up.

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post #39 of 41 Old 12-08-2008, 03:24 PM
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i lightly brush mine every time i ride (mostly just pick it out) and thoroughly brush it every two weeks or so. my horse has a thick tail so i try to keep it from getting tangled.
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post #40 of 41 Old 12-08-2008, 03:31 PM
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brush it probably once or twice a week. Depends on what it looks like. :]
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