My horse has a huge mat in his tail (not quite sure of the measurments) so i've been searching through all of these posts to find the right way to solve our problem. In the future I would like to show him, so would it be best to use conditioner and work it through, or should I cut it?
Yep, it will take forever and tails take a long time to grow back if you cut it. I spent about 3 hours working on my mare Bessie's tail shortly after I got her. However, I did use a big tooth comb instead of just working it out with my fingers. I broke a lot of the hair but I wasn't worried about trying to keep it thick. A really good conditioner or a bottle of baby oil are the cheapest options.
ooooh how I hated those, my mare would get the WORST "rats nests" in her tail. Bali never gets anything in his, but my oh my, I have a vivid memory of spending an entire Saturday listening to the radio and combing her tail until I thought I had carpel tunnel! ;)
Just keep working at it... Cowboy Magic de-tangler is GREAT!
I've used MTG or a detangler plus a lot of patience and it does eventually come out. Believe me, this is much better than trying to grow out a tail. My gelding had his chewed off and I have been working at it for 2 1/2 years to finally get it grown out.
Yes... my boy chewed off his brothers tail and it took 3 years for him to get a full tail back! :-/ baaad bali lol
I use a detangler called salon majic. Its really slimy and works pretty good.
It also cames in handy when putting up tails. It helps when you take their tail out.
OMG!!!! I had the same problem with my rescue horse! It was completely tangled and it looked like a baseball bat! I was just about to cut it off when my friend came running at me with a can of WD-40. Have you ever heard of it? It works wonders!! He tail looks beautiful now... Just like an andalusian tail should.
I do know that Cowboy Magic De-tangler works really well, little pricey, but better then cutting it....
I have heard from others that baby oil does the same thing too, don't know if that is true or not? Seems like it would really attract dirt and dust?
SugarPlumLove, did the W-D 40 dry the hair or anything? That sounds interesting too....
I have a gelding who's mane twists up like crazy the second I turn my back, so I am looking for some thing that works great, but is easier on the wallet!
(and yes, I am always willing to ad my elbow grease to the mix :lol:)
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