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.