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    01-27-2011, 08:43 PM
My horses wear blankets but there is still plenty knee deep mud EVERYWHERE so I brush down there legs with a extra stiff body brush, brush their mane and tail with a dandy [i don't use the metal combs because it rips the hair that forms nots out and thins it when my horses already have a thin mane] and when I ride them I brush over their whole body with a soft body brush or softer dandy brush then body brush. I only use curry combs about once a month or so in winter because they need their natural oils to keep their skin and coat healthy.
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    01-27-2011, 08:44 PM
But I do regularly use a curry on the thick mud on their legs :P just only once a fortnight - once a month all over her coat :)
    01-27-2011, 09:07 PM
This time of year Caleb gets very little grooming. In summer there's dust, in fall and spring there's mud, in the deep of winter, there's just good clean snow and the occasional roll on fresh doo-doo, which is easy enough to brush out of winter fuzzy coats. I usually put a lot more conditioner in his mane and tail though, to keep them protected.
    01-27-2011, 09:40 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
^Breaks the hairs and thins the tail.
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
Because I don't want his tail to thin out, nor do I want to break or damage the hair. The more you brush, the more you thin out the hair.

And when I do brush his tail, I use a very stiff bristled body brush, instead of a hair brush with teeth. And I will brush a little bit by little bit. The amount of hair that does come out, is no where near the amount of hair that comes out when using other tools.
We brush ours out at least twice a week and they have great full tails, except for Ghost who is Appy. He has about as good of tail as he can. Our newest mare hardly ever got touched and she had a terrible tail. Since we've had her and brushed it out, her tail is getting better. Maybe you aren't brushing it right? Start at the end of the tail and work your way up. Try using detangler. I have to brush our TWH at least once a week or her tail would be one big dreadlock. Yes some hair will break off but not as much if you brush it out regularly. Don't you brush your own hair everyday? Don't you have hair that breaks off? Your horses tail isn't that much different.
    01-27-2011, 09:47 PM
I'm sure I know how to brush my horses tail :) Thanks.
    01-27-2011, 09:58 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
I'm sure I know how to brush my horses tail :) Thanks.
Well we use a brush that has teeth and have no problem with their tails thinning out.
    01-27-2011, 10:19 PM
Blankets are the best! Keeps their bodies clean for the most part. Just clean the mud of their necks/face/legs if there is any. And pick feet if they don't have snow pads. I miss giving baths during the winter though ):
    01-27-2011, 10:36 PM
Originally Posted by usandpets    
Well we use a brush that has teeth and have no problem with their tails thinning out.
My uncle and aunt's horses have tails that drag on the ground and manes more than 2 feet long. They say the secret everyone asks about is simply, not brushing it.
    01-28-2011, 12:33 AM
Uh oh.... I leave for one day and we're having a tail brushing war?! Hahaha I'm wondering if I should be sorry I asked! ;)

Aaaanyway... I think those "miracle groom" products are interesting, I've always been curious but hesitant to waste my money if it isn't worth it. I just can't wait for summer here, it rains ALL the time and Lilly is just SO dirty :( Thank god I'm going to start stalling her finally..
    01-28-2011, 12:37 AM
Well...since my poor mare lacks in the "hairy beast" category, she is blanketed, or has a sheet on 24/7. She stays super shiney...with little effort on my part, hahaha...For her neck, legs, etc, I use a rubber curry to get rid of mud and gunk, and then brush with a softer bristled brush to finish off; I condition the tail, and finger through it, and will use waterless shampoo on her white legs if necessary.

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