Bad, Bad Tail Situation
I got Lucy about 2 months ago....We have noticed that her tail is like a huge dreadlock. There are no burrs in it, but I do not know what I can do about it. I am not cutting it, so I need some ideas on how to get this out of her tail. She was in a pasture for a year and a half with minimal grooming due to the owner being very ill. Any ideas?????
Douse her tail with oil... just completely drench it with oil (olive oil and coconut oil are popular ones I believe, as is baby oil). Let it set in and soften things up for a couple of minutes, then begin the painstaking process of picking it apart by hand little by little. Start at the bottom and work your way up. Once you have it mostly separated, you can take a comb to it (from the bottom up again) for the final detangling.
It will take a very very long time, but patience will win you a tail back. I spent an hour and a half on my mustang's tail the first time he let me get to it -- and we came out of it with a lovely tail:
Thank you so much...Her tail looks short and im wondering how long it actually is once I get it all untangled. Not to mention im sure that thick ole thing is heavy for her. I will be spending hours on it this weekend.
Oh, also when you do finally get it all untangled you may want to towel out some of the excess oil if there is any. Sometimes the dry hair will just soak it all up practically.
I was just saying today how much I like my QH's thin sparse tail. My 3 year old has what horsey people would say as a beautiful tail. Thick and long. Ugh....I'm thinking of giving it a good conditioning, combing it out and then leaving it braided.
Olive oil in a spray bottle is handy to have while you're picking out mats for replenishing the oil you've used to soak the hair in.
I like olive oil myself, it's cheap, vegetable based and smells delicious! Good for your hands too, if you don't mind getting them greasy
I prefer baby oil simply because it's cheaper. Like Eolith said, start from the bottom and take your time. You might be surprised at how much length there is hiding in there.
My Belgian mare went from this
To this after about 3 hours of work
I have a Clydesdale with a tail probebly ten times that of the Belgian horse. After being turned out for the einter its a nightmare to do - full of dreadlocks and wind twists.
Dread locks are generally caused when bits and pieces get caught up in the hair - these may be burrs or brambles, twigs or just loose hairs that have fallen into the muddle.
What I do is to take one of the dread locks and at the bottom start to tease it apart - I pull the dread lock sideways with both hands, then work on a hair or two gently pulling them out of the knot - they come out best if you pull them from above the knot.
I don't initially use baby oil as it is such a mess to work with but I use it once I have all the tangles out and before I wash the tail - I'll comb it in - leave it to soak in then wash the tail.
Here is my Clydesdale (she was 2yrs old at the time) with her beautiful tail - it took three hours to de tangle
One of my horses had dreads not too long ago and I spent about an hour and 1/4 bottle of cowboy magic type of stuff and it eventually came out. At first I thought for sure I would have to cut it,but I'm glad I took the time to untangle...it is such a long and thick pretty tail :)
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