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post #1 of 50 Old 12-20-2015, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Coconut Oil: Miracle for Thick Tails

Harley has the thickest tail of any horse I've ever met. Its also coarse like wire. Honestly I can't get my fist around his tail its so thick. Brushing it out takes 25 minutes, because it mats so easily and gets wind curls just looking at it. Even braided it somehow ends up tangled.

Today I decided to try a little coconut oil in it and wow! It took me less then 5 minutes to brush it out and it was so nice after I was done. Even the wind curls came out effortlessly.

So if anyone wants something to detangle with I recommend it.
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post #2 of 50 Old 12-20-2015, 11:13 PM
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I have recently been converted to oils as well!!

I had to roach my gelding's [long, luxurious] mane off last June because it had been so damaged by silicon-based detanglers, and around that same time I decided to "mix it up" and put coconut oil in his tail to see what happens. It was like magic!

The only downside I've found to coconut oil is that it hardens pretty solidly when temperatures drop below 60*F-ish, and can, as a result, make little oil-dreads in manes and tails.

Now that it's winter here, a winter mix [it rarely gets below 20* here, and this mix seems to stay liquid-y down to about that point] that I like is olive oil, argan oil, and mineral oil. They all soak in pretty well and leave his mane and tail extremely manageable, even days after the last application. They don't seem to hydrate the hair quite as well as coconut oil does, but they do work pretty well. :)

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Do you have to wash it out after you put it in or just leave it in.
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post #4 of 50 Old 01-07-2016, 05:25 AM
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I love coconut oil I leave it in but have to make sure I don't put it in when it's really sunny because it can burn them.
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I love coconut oil I leave it in but have to make sure I don't put it in when it's really sunny because it can burn them.
Actually, coconut oil is a natural sunscreen. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

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I've never heard of coconut oil burning the skin in sunshine? Have you had this happen to one of your horses?
I love it but it's so annoying when it hardens! Does it stay liquid when diluted or does it just coagulate at the bottom of the spray bottle?

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I heard that washing the tail of a white horse with Tomato ketchup makes the tail white again... instead of the yellow they seem to go. Haven't tried yet but will ;0)
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post #8 of 50 Old 01-07-2016, 10:26 AM
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I've never heard of coconut oil burning the skin in sunshine? Have you had this happen to one of your horses?
I love it but it's so annoying when it hardens! Does it stay liquid when diluted or does it just coagulate at the bottom of the spray bottle?
I have never tried it in a spray bottle but wouldn't think it would work too well. I just put some in my hand, let it melt and rub it through mane and tail. It's a great moisturizer so it's good for your hands/skin as well.
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post #9 of 50 Old 01-07-2016, 11:19 AM
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Where would one get these oils? Bear in mind that I live in the middle of practically nowhere.

Aires has a super thick mane and tail and it has that lovely draft horse coarseness. He gets wind knots even when it isn't breezy.

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Could could always try white crisco, it's a great moisturizer.
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