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post #21 of 29 Old 04-30-2012, 12:19 PM
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Fairy tails by equispa. Nice natural product.
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post #23 of 29 Old 04-30-2012, 12:50 PM
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This is going to sound funny, but it works well. Take an empty spray bottle and mix 1/2 Listerine or mouth wash, 1/2 baby oil, and shake well. Finger pick the tail, then spray on. It works wonders to keep the tail de-tangled and shiny for the show.
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post #24 of 29 Old 04-30-2012, 02:23 PM
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I can say I have never heard of using a mouthwash as a detangler for my horses mane and tails. The wind here is so bad if we don't keep up with the horses on a daily basis they will get dreads and those are NOT fun to try and finger pick out. What I use is mane and tail shampoo and conditioner that I can pick up at my local Family Dollar (I'm a cheapie sometimes). After that I finger pick the tanlges out as best I can and have sometimes used Show Sheen which to me keeps their hair silky and smooth and helps keep the tangles out. I just know that if I use a brush it rips the hair out and my fingers seem to do less damage. And yes if the tangles are horrendous my arms do get a wee bit tired by the end of it all.

I have also gone the route of sadly attempting to french braid the manes, which to my dismay did not work in my favor. Still working on how to perfect the braid and the tails are always braided just for my sanity. Not sure any of that will help, maybe it will.
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post #25 of 29 Old 04-30-2012, 02:41 PM
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I love Jojoba oil. I get it by the gallon in a cream from solid gold, dilute the heck out of it and make a conditioning spray. I use it on my own hair too, it's good stuff.

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post #26 of 29 Old 05-01-2012, 10:37 PM
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Do you all recommend using one of these products if the horse is not a showhorse? My Anna lives in a pasture, and she likes to roll around in mud . Her tail is long, thick, and tangly. Its also dirty. Do yall recommend I wash the tail some how? And add one of these detangling products? And comb it out? And how long will that last? Thanks for any advice, new to this!
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post #27 of 29 Old 05-01-2012, 11:20 PM
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I'm new to this as well. I only know what my boyfriend has taught me and what I have read here or learned from my neighbors. All of my horses are currently pastured as well (doing a lot of ground work though to hopefully start reining). When we wash our horses we use the mane and tail stuff and I used just household conditioner on the mane and tails if I don't have mane n tail conditioner left. When they're dry that's when I use the show sheen on the mane and tail. For me personally I feel it helps A LOT in detangling and keeping them smooth. I also braid like a manic, no lie. Because I braid it is hard for me to say how long the show sheen and conditioner last without them. I hope this helps. If you find anything different let me know!! I am always open to new ideas!!
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post #28 of 29 Old 05-01-2012, 11:35 PM
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Thanks! I'm also wondering how often its ok to wash, wouldn't want to dry it out etc. And... how do you wash the tail? Wet it with hose or sponge? And then lather, but how to rinse? Shes a calm horse but I haven't came at her butt with a water hose either
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post #29 of 29 Old 05-01-2012, 11:40 PM
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We go all out on the tail and get our with the hose. Then lather and hose it off again. Not sure how anyone else does it. And I am not too sure about how often it is okay to wash. We have done one full wash since the weather has turned nice (about a month or more ago) and I have done the tails one more time bc of some serious muck and mud caked on them. I am curious about that now too.
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