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    10-27-2010, 07:34 PM
Thanks for all the ideas Mooney isn't a pretty thing but she's got her long mane and tail and would like to keep it that way.Sounds like I am going to add a half an hour every day for a little while to get it out. By the way I tried the rock thing, she picked up her feed dish in her teeth and throw away along with the rocks!Look back at me as to ask why did I put them there!
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    10-27-2010, 07:40 PM
Green Broke
People say WD-40 works.I know people that use it
    10-27-2010, 07:49 PM
My de-tangler of choice is baby oil, mainly because it is readily available and super cheap. Drench the tail with it and let it sit for a few minutes. Start at the bottom and slowly work your way up with a large toothed comb. You can either do it all in one long session or spend a bit of time on it every day. The suggestion of giving her something to munch on is a good one. A hay bag would keep her mind occupied while you work on her tail.
    10-28-2010, 09:48 AM
My Dancer had a mat like you would not believe in her tail when we got her. Someone had braided bailing wire into her tail and left it - apparently for a couple of years! There was about a two foot long mat about 3/4 of the way toward the bottom of her tail.

I tried everthing I could think of to get that mat out. We had to cut part of the hair to get the wires out (her poor bum was all covered with scars from switching her tail and scratching her bum with the wire). There were three pieces of wire about four feet long each all braided in the hair. Once the wire was out, I soaked her tail with baby oil, W-D 40, leave in conditioner, regular conditioner, vaseline - you name it, I tried it. Nothing worked. We finally had to cut her tail when she got it caught on a tree branch and couldn't get loose.

I still have that mat. It looks like a hairy club - the grandkids have even used it as a baseball bat. I want to use it on whoever braided the wire in her tail in the first place. Her tail is still too short to suit me, but it will eventually grow back...I hope...
    10-28-2010, 10:22 AM
Baby oil or mail order some cowboy magic
    10-28-2010, 11:00 AM
@ dee - I can't even imagine a reason for braiding wire into a tail - even for a mean reason! What is wrong with some people?!
    10-28-2010, 11:26 AM
When we brought one of our horses home she had a solid mat for a tail. I think I went through 2 full bottles of mane n tail leave in conditioner (spray) over the course of three days. Soaking and picking my way with a wide tooth comb from the bottom up. It was doubly interesting work because the mare was terrified of the spray bottle at the time (yes, she's now over it) but I managed to get her tail detangled without any cutting.

I will say though that for dogs it's usually your best bet to cut or clip them out. If you're worried about removing too much hair try thinning schears.
    10-28-2010, 12:49 PM
Originally Posted by Ktibb    
I will say though that for dogs it's usually your best bet to cut or clip them out. If you're worried about removing too much hair try thinning schears.
I usually only split and comb out for tails and ears, but agree - shaving or cutting out is the best course of action. If a dog is very matted, then the dog gets shaved head to toe, period. :)
    10-28-2010, 07:22 PM
Originally Posted by Jinba ittai    
@ dee - I can't even imagine a reason for braiding wire into a tail - even for a mean reason! What is wrong with some people?!
We suspect it was the previous owner's young daughter and she intended the wire to hold in the braid. I don't think she meant any harm, but probably was afraid to tell her mother what she'd done when she couldn't get the wire back out - so she just left it. Mom wasn't particularly observant when it came to Dancer. Didn't even know she could single-foot!
    10-29-2010, 01:47 PM
Okay, easy on the horror stories with the tails please! I'm working hard to get the mess out of her tail, and soaked it in detangler (yes I took it from my little sister). It seems to be coming out a little at a time. I really didn't want to shave her tail to the skin!

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