When to brush a mane/tail - The Horse Forum

View Poll Results: When do you brush your horse's mane and tail?
Only when it's wet 1 1.56%
Only when It's dry 13 20.31%
Wet or dry 26 40.63%
Neither (never brush the mane and tail) 4 6.25%
Other (please post what) 20 31.25%
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post #1 of 39 Old 05-26-2011, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
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When to brush a mane/tail

My first riding instructor taught me all the basics if horse grooming, and one aspect she was very adamant on was to never brush a mane or tail unless it was wet. She said it would damage the hair to bush it when it was dry. Well for a few years I accepted this as fact, then I started hearing other owners and instructors saying to never, ever brush a wet mane or tail. So now it's 11 years later and I have my own opinions, but I'm curious to see what eveyone else thinks about when it's okay to brush a mane or tail. Just a friend poll, I don't way any debates to break out as they tend to quite often!
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post #2 of 39 Old 05-26-2011, 01:26 AM
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I voted "other" because my main concern when brushing a mane/tail is that there is always detangler (that doesn't contain silicone) involved. It can be wet or dry, it just has to have detangler. I prefer to not brush a wet mane/tail unless it's been soaked in human conditioner as well just because I've found that wet hair is a bit stretchier than dry hair so it seems to get wrapped around the brush and snap instead of just pulling through, unless it's been really heavily conditioned.

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post #3 of 39 Old 05-26-2011, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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^ my opinion almost exactly! I always use detangler or conditioner when I brush my mare's mane and tail. It keeps them beautiful! I don't use human conditioner though. I love Mane N' Tail's products.
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I always brush when I groom. I try to limit the use of detangler though (I use ShowSheen) to once/week max. But with almost every day brushing they are not all that messy anyway.

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post #5 of 39 Old 05-26-2011, 10:32 AM
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I voted other. I only brush tails with a brush once in a while. Other then that I use my fingers to try and keep the tangles down.

The brush always seems to pull out more hair, so I would rather it wasn't done as often. I like full tails!

Even at the barn I take lessons at...the coaches prefer we don't brush their tails, as the kids seem to over do it.

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post #6 of 39 Old 05-26-2011, 11:33 AM
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Other - only when necessary. I do not brush dry though. After a bath or with spray in conditioner only.
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I brush mine every couple days but always soaked down with mane n tail/ water mix or show sheen and use a spike rubber tipped brush to keep from pulling out any hair.
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I usually do it dry. I just bought some showsheen conditioner/detangler yesterday and what a difference! Gidget naturally has a more thin tail(I prefer thin over really thick).

I also used it on her coat and she is super slick.
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I usually do it dry. I just bought some showsheen conditioner/detangler yesterday and what a difference! Gidget naturally has a more thin tail(I prefer thin over really thick).

I also used it on her coat and she is super slick.
Just don't apply it anywhere your tack goes, it'll slip right off. =P

I use ShowSheen, but don't brush tails very often. Maybe twice a month.

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post #10 of 39 Old 05-26-2011, 02:32 PM
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Just don't apply it anywhere your tack goes, it'll slip right off. =P

I use ShowSheen, but don't brush tails very often. Maybe twice a month.

I got on her bareback last night while she was in the pasture and she was so slippery. It felt like someone oiled a slide and I slide off just like that when I was done sitting on her!....how long dow the slippery-ness last anyways?
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