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post #11 of 17 Old 08-20-2008, 07:07 PM
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Sounds weird but for a REALLY tangled mane/tail, I use WD-40. It gets the tangles out VERY easy!! I then just do a quick rinse and VOILA!

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post #12 of 17 Old 08-21-2008, 11:12 AM
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I first apply Absorbine's Sante Fe Coat Condition (you don't have to use the same exact one, any spray conditioner is good - like Vetrolin Shine, Cowboy Magic's Super Show Shine, Egyss Survivor Detangler and Shine, Show Sheen, etc.). Then I brush it from the bottom and working my way up with a comb (I personally use Oster's Mane & Tail Comb). Works great for me!

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post #13 of 17 Old 08-22-2008, 07:45 AM
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I've used WD-40 as well. I once bought a horse whose tail was one huge knot. I tried the normal detanglers and they helped a little then a friend told me about WD-40. I laughed at him but tried it anyway. Darn if it didn't work!

You need to spray it and let it sit there for a while before starting from the bottom. When you are done, just shampoo it off. I still use the normal detanglers for regular grooming but for those really bad tails and manes, WD-40

There is no magic product that you can apply and watch the knots unravel, they can only help. It still takes a lot of work to get the really bad ones undone.

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post #14 of 17 Old 08-22-2008, 08:37 AM
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I washed my horses tail with cowboy magic then i put coconut oil in it and let it sit for as long as I could, then rinsed it out, sprayed a little detangler and his tail has been tangle free for a week now!
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post #15 of 17 Old 09-12-2008, 12:52 AM
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I have learned that no amount of brushing and detangler you use, you still come away with 1/2 of a tail. I have used Aussie (that's right human conditioner!), I believe it was that quencher, I wet the tail, globbed it all over the tail and mane, allowed it to sit for 5 +/- minutes, and worked from the bottom upwards and it slid like butter, and the horse's tail was saved. I also broke it into segments without breaking off hairs as best as possible and worked in a calm manner to keep the horse calm and keeping my agitation under control. I also have learned, that no matter how unknotted it is, it only takes the horse 10 minutes to knot it back up again :roll:, and that is when the agitation kicks in. Because you practically have to do it every day, or if your lucky, the detangler will work. I believe I also used baby oil at one time but gave up on that, because one time I lost my grip on it, and that flimsy top came off, and it went every where. Nothing like cleaning up an oily mess.

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post #16 of 17 Old 09-12-2008, 01:36 AM
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Thunder's tail can get REALLY bad if i let it go, so to initially get it manageable, I scrubbed it up with shampoo during his bath, rinsed it, making sure it was all the way through to the stubb part lol, and then just put a bunch of cowboy magic in and rubbed it in all the way through so it's not just on the outside, then let it sit for a bit. Then i took my brush that is similar to the pic at the top, but not so many bristles and its oster and brushed from the bottom to the top stopping when i hit a tangle. I do try and help the tangle through with my fingers as well as my brush. if it's turns into a mess of knots, then stop before it gets too bad and add more detangler. before you know it, the hairs are flowing smooth :). i tried coconut oil today, and ill probably go out there tomorrow to see how it turned out.
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post #17 of 17 Old 09-13-2008, 12:00 AM
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wash thoroughly; condition thoroughly; start at the bottom and pick all the strands apart with your fingers till you get to the top :)

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