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post #1 of 14 Old 07-08-2013, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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Untangling her knotted mane?

My mare has a medium-length mane with a bit missing because her previous owners used a cattle hay ring for her. This summer, we transitioned her out into a large field and she loves to run, nearly all day if it's not too hot. The wind has severely tangled her mane into two knots. I haven't tried a whole lot to get them out, maybe 10 minutes or so but I want to get them out without having to cut them out. Any advice would be welcome. This picture kind of shows the knots, they're a little difficult to see.
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-08-2013, 05:13 PM
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I would try coating them in conditioner and picking through them with your fingers. Only use a brush if really necessary, and start at the ends of the hair and work your way up to the top.
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post #3 of 14 Old 07-08-2013, 08:29 PM
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Use conditioner or oil, take your time, it shouldn't take too long to untangle.
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-08-2013, 08:33 PM
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There is a great product out there for untangling the mane and tail..it is called Vetrolin Detangler. The stuff is like silicone. Wet the mane and put this stuff in and after a couple of minutes start working the knots out with your fingers.
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My mare has a medium-length mane with a bit missing because her previous owners used a cattle hay ring for her. This summer, we transitioned her out into a large field and she loves to run, nearly all day if it's not too hot. The wind has severely tangled her mane into two knots. I haven't tried a whole lot to get them out, maybe 10 minutes or so but I want to get them out without having to cut them out. Any advice would be welcome. This picture kind of shows the knots, they're a little difficult to see.
What I would do is detangle her mane by hand. You dont want to use combs because you'll rip all her mane out. You could try spraying some detangler but I dont think its going to help in any way at this point. Worst case scenario is to cut it all off and let it grow back, tho I think you can save whats there.
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-08-2013, 09:25 PM
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Definitely don't brush it, at least not the whole thing. My Arabian had a mane down a little past her shoulder, but because of lack of care it was completely tangled up. I just coated it in detangler, and with a small brush just started lightly brushing starting at the very tip. It was so bad that people had recommended that I just cut it all off and start over, but I didn't want to destroy her nice mane, and I'm glad I didn't. Hers was about 10x worse than your mares, and with just a little time, and lots of detangler/conditioner, I got it all untangled and looking nice. Good luck.
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post #7 of 14 Old 07-08-2013, 10:29 PM
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work baby oil into the knots then pick it by hand
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post #8 of 14 Old 07-08-2013, 10:46 PM
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As already said, goo the knots up with a conditioner and start picking it apart from the bottom. Work your way up through the knot, gently separating it just a few strands at a time.

Also wanted to add, stay away from silicone sprays. Silicone really drys out the hairs and makes them brittle.

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Cowboy magic! Nothing like it....LOVE it for knots...
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-09-2013, 04:11 PM
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My horse's mane is a couple feet long and I use Canter Mane and Tail conditioner on him every week or two when I rebraid his mane. The one time he got a nasty "dreadlock" like that it worked great to get it out with a lot of hand picking at it (no brushing until it's detangled!)
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