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post #1 of 10 Old 09-15-2009, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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burdocks...........HELP!

well the title says it all. I just bought my first horse and hes still at the old place until next week. Have to wait for coggins and stuff. His tail is halfway covered in burdocks. They arent to matted but are still bad. Any tips? I'm going to soak his tail in baby oil and let it sit for 15 mins and then start to work them out.

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post #2 of 10 Old 09-15-2009, 10:12 PM
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Sounds like a good plan to me. What I've found works better than just trying to pull them out is this:

Do like you said, use baby oil or a TON of conditioner or ShowSheen or something. Then, wherever there's a burdock, pick up two little chunks of hair and pull them apart in opposite directions. It will usually separate the burdock from the hair a little bit. Just keep doing that. It takes awhile, but it works best for me.

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post #3 of 10 Old 09-15-2009, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Ok. thanks Shannon, BTW I'm Shannon!

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post #4 of 10 Old 09-15-2009, 10:38 PM
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LOL. Nicee

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post #5 of 10 Old 09-16-2009, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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anybody else?

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post #6 of 10 Old 09-16-2009, 08:37 PM
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A barn I use to volunteer at used WD40 on their pasture horses manes and tails. Worked great and was very inexpensive. Just throwing it out there.
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post #7 of 10 Old 09-17-2009, 04:03 PM
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Yeah I'd recommend Show Sheen, that's super slippery stuff, but wait until it dries before you try to work them out. And you'll need lots of patience! ;)
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post #8 of 10 Old 09-17-2009, 05:29 PM
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I prefer to use baby oil to WD-40 (fewer chemicals). And I think your best friend would be a big tooth comb and a free day. It took me about 3 steady hours to get the mat out of Bessie's tail and by the time I was done, I was TIRED. LOL
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post #9 of 10 Old 09-17-2009, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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well it took 2 hours and patietnce. Nick helped and now hes all burdock free with a full tail, forlock and mane

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post #10 of 10 Old 09-17-2009, 07:01 PM
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I have also found that the Show Sheen Gel detangler does well for helping to get them out ..

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