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  • What to use on horse tale and mane to untangle
  • MTG horse tail what store can i find it

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    12-11-2013, 06:20 PM
  #1
Foal
Mane and tail

Hello! I have a question for y'all:) I own an Appendix Quarter horse who is more towards the thoroughbred side. Her mane is VERY then but it is long and I was wondering on how you could thicken it up without supplements? I brush her mane and tail out once a week and apply a detangler made by Cow Magic. It doesn't really do anything other than smooth and shine it up which is great but not what I was asking for. I don't want to use supplements because I have to pay extra to feed them to her. The last horse I had, he had a thick tail and a good mane. I could do what I wanted with it. I can't with my new mare:/ Help Please!!

P. S. Where can I find this MTG or MGT thing I've read about??
     
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    12-11-2013, 06:50 PM
  #2
Weanling
I think Jeffers equine sells mtg, and possibly smartpak. However, nothing, not even a supplement, will actually thicken the hair. It's genetic, how ever many follicles her genes gave her is what she's stuck with. Also, don't brush it out, slather it in cowboy magic THEN untangle it gently with your fingers. You could also try keeping it braided to reduce pulling in the pasture.
     
    12-11-2013, 09:45 PM
  #3
Weanling
Unfortunately there's nothing you can do to make her grow thicker or more hair... You get what you get.

All you can do is prevent it breaking or being damaged, which I agree with Chickenoverlord - Cowboy Magic and gently detangle with your fingers as much as possible. The brush could break the hairs if it hits a snag, which will break them off and make the tail seem thinner.
     
    12-11-2013, 10:09 PM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Angrydragonflyface01    
Hello! I have a question for y'all:) I own an Appendix Quarter horse who is more towards the thoroughbred side. Her mane is VERY then but it is long and I was wondering on how you could thicken it up without supplements? I brush her mane and tail out once a week and apply a detangler made by Cow Magic. It doesn't really do anything other than smooth and shine it up which is great but not what I was asking for. I don't want to use supplements because I have to pay extra to feed them to her. The last horse I had, he had a thick tail and a good mane. I could do what I wanted with it. I can't with my new mare:/ Help Please!!

P. S. Where can I find this MTG or MGT thing I've read about??
As already said, there's nothing you can do. The speed of growth, density and texture of a horse's hair is determined by genetics. Proper diet will keep it at it's best potential though.

You'll pay a lot of MTG and just be poorer for the effort. Use coconut oil. It's better for the hair, doesn't have to be rinsed out, just as good for detangling, cost much less, available at any grocery store and smells a LOT nicer (I've never bought or used MGT, but I've known people who were using it until the asked me how I got my mares hair to look so good...now they're using coconut oil too ).
     
    12-11-2013, 10:24 PM
  #5
Green Broke
MTG will make it "thicker" I don't know if coconut oil will. MTG does not need to be rinsed, and I don't think of it as particularly expensive. I haven't used coconut oil but am not sure on the statements made comparing them. MTG is not my go to for conditioning or detangling so if you are looking for that coconut oil would probably better. If you are looking for growth/something to use on light "crud" get MTG. I don't love it for detangling personally. I put it in the roots, massage in, and brush down. It is greasy so I try not to get it everywhere. I'll use another detangler (like Cowboy Magic) for detangling.

So I would put MTG and make sure her diet is optimal, braid it up if need be and try to leave it alone. TB's (nor many QH's) aren't known for their thick manes, don't expect it to be down to her knees if there's any change at all. Can't change genetics.

MTG stands for Mane-Tail-Groom. If you can't find it at tack stores just google it (full name Shapley's Original MTG) it is readily available online.
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    12-16-2013, 05:30 PM
  #6
Foal
As has been said you can't make mane thicker, just like human hair if it's thin it's thin 😜 however in saying that maybe using a human hair volumising product on mane an tail would give it a thicker appearance.( spot test for reactions first of course in case it's not suitable). But it's a cheap and easy solution with plenty of different ones available ... Worth a shot 😀😜😛
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    01-01-2014, 12:13 PM
  #7
Weanling
Despite what the detractors here have said about MTG, it really does work and has proven itself to me. One of my horses never, ever could grow a tail past his hocks. I have been using MTG for 2 years now and it has added 9" of growth to his tail. You do have to put it down where the hair grows-base of mane and the tail bone. For the tail, it takes a while for the thickness to reach to the ends. It also works great on minor skin irritations.
Genetically your Appy is prone to a thin mane and tail (unless it has a lot of quarter horse bred it) but the MTG is the only legitimate thing to try.
It's cheapest on Amazon. I was pretty surprised to notice by the reviews there that a lot of people use it on their own hair!
     
    01-01-2014, 12:29 PM
  #8
Yearling
Cowboy Magic will actually make it thinner, they have silicone in their products which drys out hair and makes it brittle (which means easier to break!). Use a conditioner like the coconut oil mentioned above, and no brushing unless you have to (like a show), you can use your fingers to get out big tangles as needed. I personally use Eqyss Mega Tek Rebuilder, I buy the 16 ounce bottle, add 8 ounces to a spray bottle, then dilute with 8 ounces of water, then add 8 ounces of apple cider vinegar. I spray the mix on the roots and massage it in. I also will be adding coconut oil to my arsenal (a goat chewed off my horse's tail )

And before I get backlash for saying Cowboy Magic makes hairs brittle, please go do your research!
     
    01-01-2014, 09:15 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Horse is an Appendix.

I can't imagine using MTG on my own hair...the smell...the grease...lol. Love it for the horses though!
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    01-01-2014, 10:04 PM
  #10
Foal
Love coconut oil! I have a draft with really long, thick mane tail and the oil keeps it healthy and detangles easily. Stays nice and shiny without getting greasy too.
     

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