Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
Just wanted to stick my oar into this discussion with the scientific adage relevant here: "the plural of anecdote is not data".
That is, your personal experience, folk wisdom, or something you read on the internet, often bears no relationship to scientifically compiled data, which has lots of rules meant to eliminate things like confirmation bias (ie:unconsciously taking no notice of anything which contradicts what you already believe), incorrect sampling, too small a data base, being aware that correlation does not imply causality, etc etc.
The use of scientific data can be corrupted by the profit motive, but that does not negate the inherent efficacy of the method.
Not a scientist, but I do know that oils have a lubricating effect, by and large. Keeping hairs from breaking off makes manes and tails thicker to the extent the horse is genetically capable of growing them. That's why wrapping works too. I'm waiting for the peer-reviewed study that shows coconut oil is superior to any other oil for keeping horse hair pliable.