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        10-27-2010, 01:31 PM
      #1
    Foal
    What happened to her tail!!

    Okay I admit that I haven't been able to give Mooney a good grooming in a month or so. Only a quick once over with a couple of brushes. Yesterday I went out prepared for the worst, and I got to her tail! When you look at it, it looks fine but inside it is one knot!! I can't get it out very well, because she doesn't really like the be groomed, she prefers a dirt bath daily. Is there anything I can put in it to help lossen up the hairs, her tail use to almost drag on the ground last year I to trim it, when I got her, and don't want to do that again (It reaches her pastern). I also braid it for the winter. Note I don't live anywhere near tack shops, so most horsey products are out of the question. Thanks ahead of time.
         
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        10-27-2010, 01:36 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    Use a really good spray in conditioner. Then let it set a few mins. And start to take it in sections as best as you can and comb it out. You will end up pulling a lot of her tail hair out because dead hair gets caught up in the good hair. If you have to, distract her by giving her some hay to munch on. Good luck!
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        10-27-2010, 01:51 PM
      #3
    Yearling
    You could also try regular conditioner. You'll just have to completely saturate it. I don't know if you would want to try it due to the hair loss, but I've also heard that you can cut the big matted area in the direction of hair growth. A few smaller matts would be easier to get out than on extremely large one. I did this on one of the dogs I used to have. The hair that came out was much less and less noticeable that if I had cut the whole mat out.

    Good Luck!!!
         
        10-27-2010, 02:02 PM
      #4
    Foal
    I am not able to wash her tail, I have to bring in water in jugs every other day for her. The mat is in the middle of her tail and about 12 to 16 inches long, can't cut it, she'd be missing more than half the thickness of her tail. Sadly I keep another farms horse groomed prefectly, but my poor mare doesn't understand when I beg her to stay out of the mud! If she doesn't have a mud hole, she'll dig one up and wait for the rain. !
         
        10-27-2010, 02:24 PM
      #5
    Trained
    Don't cut the mat out. Cut it verticaly in the middle (straight up towards her dock). It will be easier to de-tangle. You'll still lose some hair, but it will be less.

    As far as the no bathing thing. Get some detangler for people or use some baby oil to get it de-matted. Then braid it or bag it to keep it decent.
         
        10-27-2010, 02:34 PM
      #6
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mooney    
    The mat is in the middle of her tail and about 12 to 16 inches long
    Start at the bottom and comb tiny bits at a time. Might take a couple of days but it will come out. If you can add show sheen or even WD40, it will help coat the hair to slide better.
         
        10-27-2010, 02:35 PM
      #7
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
    Don't cut the mat out. Cut it verticaly in the middle (straight up towards her dock). It will be easier to de-tangle. You'll still lose some hair, but it will be less.

    As far as the no bathing thing. Get some detangler for people or use some baby oil to get it de-matted. Then braid it or bag it to keep it decent.
    Agreed - if a dog I groom has a couple matts I just slice them into smaller sections and comb those out. This one sounds particulary nasty, so work at it very slowly with a good dose of conditioner (human, horse, doesn't matter at this point). Maybe give her a bucket of grain with a couple good sized rocks in it so that she has to move them around to get all the good stuff - should distract her for a good while at least...good luck!
         
        10-27-2010, 02:46 PM
      #8
    Yearling
    On my very first horse, I didn't have access to water to actually bathe him either. I just used my regular conditioner to get it out...and it took me a total of about 4 hrs. I tried the mat cutting (like MN said) on one of my dogs...it worked beautifully, without too much hair loss. As far as rinsing the stuff out, you don't have to. It will be perfectly fine to leave the conditioner, baby oil, etc, in (as long as it's not shampoo). At the show barn I worked at years ago, the BO would condition the tail, braid it, then wrap it with freezer tape. At least once every other week, he would squirt a half and half mixture of White Rain conditioner and baby oil into each of the horses wraps and massage it into the part of the tail that was exposed. Their tails were always soft.
         
        10-27-2010, 03:06 PM
      #9
    Weanling
    What helped me make a mane and tail out of my horse's dreads and knots was coconut oil. When I bought my horse (he's a friesian), his mane and tail were dry, dirty, straw like, tangled and just yucky. His tail was basically a pile of long, dry, dirty dreads. I spent many hours trying to comb through it but the only thing I achieved was destroying my trousers (I always took one dread, laid it on my thigh and started combing). After I heard of coconut oil I bought it in a grocery shop, it was cheap and many people said many good things about it. It was difficult to work with because it's very cold outside so even though I liquefied it in my hands as soon as I put it on the horse it became solid but the hour or so of fighting with it was deffinitely worth it. I left it in my horse's hair for 2 days and then I came with a comb and decided to try one more time. After 5 minutes, both his mane and tail were perfectly detangled, you could run your fingers and the comb through his hair without it catching a single little knot. I was so happy... Now I just have to take a very good care so that it stays this way and doesn't tangle again. But I keep the can of coconut oil in the stable all the time should any little difficult to detangle knot happen again.
         
        10-27-2010, 04:09 PM
      #10
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mooney    
    Okay I admit that I haven't been able to give Mooney a good grooming in a month or so. Only a quick once over with a couple of brushes. Yesterday I went out prepared for the worst, and I got to her tail! When you look at it, it looks fine but inside it is one knot!! I can't get it out very well, because she doesn't really like the be groomed, she prefers a dirt bath daily. Is there anything I can put in it to help lossen up the hairs, her tail use to almost drag on the ground last year I to trim it, when I got her, and don't want to do that again (It reaches her pastern). I also braid it for the winter. Note I don't live anywhere near tack shops, so most horsey products are out of the question. Thanks ahead of time.
    Order Mane and Tail leave-in conditioner online. Use it regularly and you won't have a problem. Once you get it unknotted spray and brush her tail a couple times a week. It will stay soft and easy to brush.
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