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Hoofprints in the Sand 11-07-2009 07:33 PM

Tail conditioning tip :-)
 
Just thought I would share a tip I learned that's been working well for me so far!

I LOVE Canter Mane & Tail Conditioner, but I ran out the other day and was trying to think of a cheaper alternative to keep Sandie's tail soft. Well, I have Mane & Tail shampoo and conditioner, which is pretty reasonably priced, and I have heard of people leaving regular conditioner in their horse's tail. But I'd tried it once and it just left her tail greasy, it was too much and too concentrated in certain strands.

So I took my empty Canter spray bottle, filled the bottom with Mane & Tail conditioner, and then filled it up with warm water and shook it all up to mix it. Then I sprayed that in her tail and brushed it out...have been doing it daily and her tail is SO soft and tangle free and fluffy!! :-) Just thought I would share!

Does anyone else have any good tail conditioning tips they've picked up?

mom2pride 11-07-2009 10:58 PM

Nope, just thought I would add that I do the same thing that you do, for in between tail wash\conditionings.

Oh, wait, Laser Sheen works great, but I use the Mane and Tail more...

ohmyitschelle 11-08-2009 12:37 AM

Because both my horses have thinnish tails I dont brush mine often as you generally do more damage by pulling hairs out - however thanks for the tip, might try it next time :)

rocky pony 11-08-2009 01:12 AM

I use this stuff:
http://www.valleyvet.com/GetThumbnai...=200&H=300&z=3


yes, you do buy it at the tack store, BUT it's worth it. this stuff is absolutely amazing. I've tried all sorts of things, but none even began to compare. as soon as you spray this on, you start to see a difference. every single hair becomes shiny and soft, and it's amazingly easy to brush through hair that would normally become tangled and rip out. and it stays that way! it's like re-conditioning it every day, but better! not to mention, it's spf 8 and so it protects the hair from sun bleaching!

I just recently bought a new horse who came with a pretty crappy tail. it was brittle, uneven, dull, thin, and split-ended. overall, uugly.
using only santa fe and braiding it, it's changed super drastically since I brought him home this last june. it's grown considerably and is evening out nicely as I trim it regularly, as well as looking much thicker. it doesn't have that bushiness at the top like it used to (no doubt from rubbing, he was wormy when I got him). it also stays nice and sleek and silky, it always has a shine to it. and it doesn't tangle easily, either. it's looking really healthy, and it's all thanks to santa fe and a little braiding. =)

sillybunny11486 11-08-2009 01:18 AM

I dont do anything with the tails, unless its durring a regular bath. I dont leave conditioners in for the simple fact that leaving any product behind can cause dandruff, and itchyness, which could cause them to rub out their tail, and of course attract bugs.

rocky pony 11-08-2009 01:28 AM

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Originally Posted by sillybunny11486 (Post 454155)
I dont do anything with the tails, unless its durring a regular bath. I dont leave conditioners in for the simple fact that leaving any product behind can cause dandruff, and itchyness, which could cause them to rub out their tail, and of course attract bugs.

I use products daily..never had any of these problems. you probably just had experiences with bad products..

sillybunny11486 11-08-2009 01:33 AM

nope. ever use a leave in product in your hare? it usually gets pretty gross.

most of the products has silicone in them which dries out hair.

rocky pony 11-08-2009 01:58 AM

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Originally Posted by sillybunny11486 (Post 454176)
nope. ever use a leave in product in your hare? it usually gets pretty gross.

most of the products has silicone in them which dries out hair.

yep. every time I take a shower, when I get out. I keep my hair full of products, because when I don't it's frizzy and weird..but I use good ones, and so do my horses, so we never have these problems..no itching, no icky film, no bugs, no nothing. just shiny, healthy hair =)
I have come across things that did bad things, but that's how I knew not to use them.

makin tracks 11-08-2009 06:14 AM

I use a good conditioner mixed with glycerine (about half & half) and a little bit of water mixed together. Work it through and rinse it out, works a treat.

If I want a quick shine and silky effect, I use Mr Sheen furniture polish. Spray in, comb through and Bob's your uncle. (only use it for special occasions though)

Hoofprints in the Sand 11-08-2009 02:06 PM

I leave conditioner in my hair every day and it keeps it very soft! :-) And Sandie's tail hasn't ever had dandruff and she has never rubbed it either, but it probably depends on the horse...I'm sure that, just like with people, some would get irritated with leave in products.

I'll have to try that Santa Fe stuff that rockyxpony mentioned above!


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