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        08-20-2008, 08:07 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    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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        08-21-2008, 12:12 PM
      #12
    Foal
    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!

    Here is my boy's loverly tail:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1GnntXzUTk

    And my mare's:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMJoDGDw0Vw

    Hope that helped!
         
        08-22-2008, 08:45 AM
      #13
    Showing
    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.
         
        08-22-2008, 09:37 AM
      #14
    Foal
    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!
         
        09-12-2008, 01:52 AM
      #15
    Foal
    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.
         
        09-12-2008, 02:36 AM
      #16
    Green Broke
    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.
         
        09-13-2008, 01:00 AM
      #17
    Green Broke
    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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