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post #1 of 21 Old 01-17-2009, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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TWH tail

I just got my horse recently. She's a TWH, and I had read that they have long, full tails, but I really wasn't prepared for just how true that is. The first time I tried to curry comb it, I could see it was pointless. Her mane is pretty silky and was really easy to comb and detangle. Literally took 5 minutes. Her tail is another story. It's thick, curly, and long. And did I mention thick? Oh, and it's thick...Sooo, any suggestions? Am I wasting my time with the curry comb? Do I need to wash and use some mane-n-tail first? It's been so long since I groomed a horse with such a full tail (I've been working with a quarter horse the past several months, and hers is so short and sparse compared to my horse). I remember minis having had very thick manes and tails from my childhood, but I don't think they were this wavy.
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post #2 of 21 Old 01-17-2009, 11:38 PM
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sorry but your being extremly confusing on the whole "curry comb" thing. curry combs are used to get dirt out from under the haid on meaty parts of the horse (ex. chest, sholder, barrel, rump) if you are brushing the tail the correct way with a tail brush, i would use Cowboy Magic Detangler and Shine and just work it out. Then spray with Vetrolin Shine later after it is under control to keep it silky

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post #3 of 21 Old 01-17-2009, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Herm...lol, now I'm confused. I thought that you could use a curry comb to loosen the dirt from the tail as well. That would certainly explain it. :) When I got her, she hadn't been groomed, and had some dirt in her tail. Not clods or anything...So I thought, "loosen it with the curry comb." But it's probably just compounding the problem...lol, I think you have saved me hours of work. I just assumed the tail brush wouldn't get the dirt out. Still, though, should I wash her tail before attempting? Thanks!
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post #4 of 21 Old 01-18-2009, 12:03 AM
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I think a tail brush would get it out perfectly fine. And IMO if the horses tail doesn't had dreads or is matted (trust me Cat's was like that, my mom spent HOURS on it) you really don't need to wash it. The CM helps losten the knots ect and I would use my hands or a fine toothed come first. I would also try to brush it every day if possible. I live on a farm so, Blue and Ariel's tails are brushed alot. I also Keep Blue's librally sprayed with Vetrolin Shine, and I always put more on the bottem where it tends to get more tangaly. Yea I think the curry comb would just tangle it more.......

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Thanks so much, Stormy. It's not quite in dreads, but close in some places. I can brush it every day, or very nearly. Sounds like I'm going to need a couple hours to get it at first, though.
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Thanks so much, Stormy. It's not quite in dreads, but close in some places. I can brush it every day, or very nearly. Sounds like I'm going to need a couple hours to get it at first, though.
Haha no problem. At least you have some bonding time with your horse! Post pictures when you are done!

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post #7 of 21 Old 01-18-2009, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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I will! Should be pretty once it's done. :)
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Washing her tail will make it 10 times easier to comb/brush through. If you cannot or do not want to wash it, then use tons of detangler and really work it in with you fingers. Letting detangler sit on the tail for a while will help also. Go through it and get the big stuff out with your fingers and then try to go through it with a wide tooth comb. If you want to after that you can use a finer tooth brush but remember brushing breaks hair off and generally thins the tail on a horse. When and if you do brush it, start from the bottom and work your way up, like brush the bottom 2 inches in a downward motion and then continue going up the tail like this. If she has split ends and you cut then off the end of the tail and mane it will help with the prevention of tangles also.

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post #9 of 21 Old 01-18-2009, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, I don't mind washing it at all. She's a big puppy, so she's up for about anything. It seems like like the "work from the bottom up" rule is the only thing I do remember about horses. :) Any detangler brand suggestions? We always used mane-n-tail...and I haven't yet been able to find the Cowboy Magic Detangler. Thanks for the input!
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I absolutely LOVE healthy haircare products. I love their hair moisturizer and their show gloss, both work as detanglers but the show gloss is quicker to detangle but the hair moisturizer is healthier but you have to let it soak in some more to get it working good.
Here is a link! This is the site in general.
Healthy HairCare
This is the moisturizer link, it comes in concentrate so you just add water and shake it up in a spray bottle.
Hair Moisturizer
This is the show gloss, I do not suggest everyday use though as it is damaging to the hair when used everday.
Silverado Coat Gloss
This is their detangler gel, like cowboy magics, but their brand
I have never used it before but I am trying it out this summer as I have heard it is better than cowboy magic.
Silverado Detangler

Ok, I am done now.

ETA...if you have a tractor supply near by, they sell cowboy magic detangler

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