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post #1 of 15 Old 09-29-2018, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Keeping the tail Nice through winter

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I’ve been looking for ideas on how to keep my horse’s tail conditioned and healthy over the harsh winters at the barn. Luckily, my horse is blessed with a nice thick tail, but I haven’t found something that works yet. I’ve had troubles with her hair and dock becoming very dry and tangling into dreadlocks. She also tends to get dandruff over the winter. I’ve tried bagging her tail and using socks, but she is on 24/7 turnout and our winters are so cold that the tail bag just freezes.

Anyone have suggestions on types of oil that may work or other things?
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-30-2018, 09:25 AM
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You could try rubbing coconut oil on her dock once a week to keep the dryness and dandruff itchies at bay and then braid the rest.

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Unfortunately I already tried coconut oil. Love it during the summer, but it’s low freezing point makes it quite yucky in the winter. Our winters are pretty cold and have been as cold as the minus 20’s (celcius) before. Do you use the pasturized kind that is in liquid form?
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My sorrel horse has a very thick and long tail. If its not kept up it gets disgusting. In the summer I just braid it and secure with electrical tape so he has a sufficient fly swatter but wash and rebraid once a week.

During the winter I use this:
https://www.tailboot.com/store/p22/2...w%2F_Tail.html

I swear by these. I've used the same boot for two winters now and it's the only thing I've found that keeps a tail clean and dry. He's turned out 24/7 and the winters are tough here. This bag doesn't freeze and I've kept his tail in it for over a month without taking it out and rebraiding, no damage at all.
The key is ordering the correct size, keep that in mind. Well worth the money.
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I haven't had much luck with using Coconut oil wether it be on horses or myself.
In the winter when it's so cold I can't really wash tails, I use some Cowboy Magic to lightly "wash" his tail and lightly spritz with a leave in conditioning product. The Infusium 23 leave in conditioner from Wal-Mart is about as good and as cheap as I've found. We actually used in it in a show barn I worked at.
I don't recommend products with silicone as it is very drying. (The Cowboy Magic detangler that comes in the small tube, Show Sheen, etc.)

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@Jolly101 I use virgin coconut oil when I do use it. I imagine that it would melt as soon as you rubbed it in your hands and the horses warm skin would keep it from thickening. I'm thinking a small amount rubbed into the skin of the dock.

@COWCHICK77 Those bags are neat, I might get a few. They look like they work nicely.
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@LoriF they are pretty cool!
Do you have a problem with the coconut oil attracting dust/dirt?
The bug dust is so bad here anything oily turns a tail into a big matted mess unfortunately.

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@LoriF they are pretty cool!
Do you have a problem with the coconut oil attracting dust/dirt?
The bug dust is so bad here anything oily turns a tail into a big matted mess unfortunately.
It can. I don't use it on the whole main or tail. I just rub a little bit into the dock of the tail and the crest of the neck.

Laela kept rubbing her neck and ripping her main out so I started rubbing a little in the skin and she stopped doing it. I might not have rinsed the soap out enough one time maybe.

Starhorse's tail is ridiculous right now, one big mat. I haven't fixed it yet because I'm dreading it. I know that it is going to take some time and in this heat. It's starting to cool a little so maybe time to get out there with a jug of mineral oil and get it out of her tail. I swear, one little twig gets in there and all of the hair balls around it.
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I'm going to try the infusium 23 as well, I forgot all about that stuff.
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Thanks for all the ideas everyone! Definitely going to be trying them out this winter 🙂
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