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post #11 of 15 Old 12-11-2018, 03:50 PM
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Though using a sock is a clever idea, I would go to using an actual tail bag. Our winters here are wet, dry, cold down to -40 some days and regular tail bags do fantastic. I would recommend going to that.
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I use the coconut oil too on one horse who has curly hair. Do not recommend for a horse with white or flaxen hair though, it will get super dirty, especially if they like to roll. I just rub it in the dock and in the hair line where the mane is. It will go down the hairs and condition the whole mane. I occasionally treat the whole mane and tail maybe every 2-3 months.
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post #13 of 15 Old 12-12-2018, 12:01 AM
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Just because it is winter it does not mean you should not wash and condition your horses tail. Keep it clean and bagged and you will have no trouble with it and not have to add any oils to it.
Was with a top shampoo which restores oil to the hair not a cheap shampoo which strips the hair of any oils and makes it stringy. Use a really good quality one and also a very good conditioner.

I recommend the Champion Tails shampoo and conditioner if you can get it.
Good luck
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post #14 of 15 Old 12-12-2018, 06:35 PM
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try things like equafuse. they have a cowboy magic type product that doesn't attract dirt, does not dry the hair and helps keep it tangle free. been using it on odies tail. works better than anything i have ever used on his trail. used it once on rockets a month ago and his tail is still mostly tangle free and i have not even brushed it in a month. when i put tails up i do like alot of show barns do.

I braid the tail. i get some bailing string and tie a loop half way through. i then wrap the tail through the top of the braid once or twice while also going through the twine loop. i then take vet wrap and wrap the entier tail starting at the top of the brain untill only the string is poking out the bottom. the string creates a false tail to still swat at things. i trim the string so its about a foot of more off the ground. i leave negras up for about a month at a time. dose not get nasty or dirty and vet wrap allows the trail to breath and not collect water. i check odies every 2 weeks. only reason odies is now now is because the arab is trying to eat tails again...

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post #15 of 15 Old 12-12-2018, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Wow lots of great ideas here! I’ll have to try some.

Unfortunately, the time to wash my horse’s tail has already past, so I’ll have to try conditioning and bandaging/bagging. Our winters here are very cold and wet. It’s been an average of -14c here this past week, so I’m unable to wash the tail. I also have no access to an indoor wash stall, so Everything would freeze.
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