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post #11 of 20 Old 01-03-2016, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Candy123Kisses View Post
SorreHorse: I hope you read this. I had to talk with my family members where I keep my horses to confirm that it would be fine to wash her tail, and they said absolutely not. They asked me why I would possibly think that that would be okay... It is 47 degrees (Fahrenheit) and so I am not sure what the problem is... Any other suggestions?
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I have met some people who are strange like that.

I bathe in all weather because I don't have a choice, but tails I am very peculiar about. I refuse to have a horse with a dirty tail, especially since I seem to find myself with white tails all the time.

Since it IS just the tail, holding it out away from the body and hosing it down never seems to cause any discomfort. Besides that, as soon as you are done washing it, it will go into a sock - So I suppose I don't see the problem.

Perhaps you could suggest filling a bucket of warm water in the house and washing it in the bucket. Then you wouldn't be going just from the hose.

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post #12 of 20 Old 01-03-2016, 01:56 PM
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The biggest, and probably only real problem, with washing just the tail (esp below the tail bone, they can't even feel it!) is that YOUR hands will be absolutely freezing. Especially if you don't have warm water!

50 is fine. I don't bother if it's too cold, for my sake.
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post #13 of 20 Old 02-02-2016, 01:36 PM
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i use mtg twice a week and i try not to brush the tail much only pick grass out of her tail and don't mess with it the do the same to the main and don brush it every day try once every 3 days and use cow boy magic detangled
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post #14 of 20 Old 02-02-2016, 09:23 PM
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I just washed my horse's tail. It was really warm for this time of year here (11 Celcius = about 50 F). I filled a bucket up with warmish water, added a bit of shampoo and just swished his tail around in there. It wasn't perfectly clean, but it was better than it's been for a long time (he's a grey)! I didn't wash the tail bone and won't do a full body wash until spring, but I did spot-wash his body. He was perfectly fine. I don't see why anyone would not want you to wash hairs he won't even feel. Now if you're talking about the tail bone as well, maybe that's different.
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post #15 of 20 Old 02-03-2016, 08:10 PM
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What breed is she? It seems like Appaloosas usually have really thin manes. Some horses are just like that. I've heard that keeping their manes and tails in braids will help prevent breakage.

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post #16 of 20 Old 02-08-2016, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by poundinghooves View Post
What breed is she? It seems like Appaloosas usually have really thin manes. Some horses are just like that. I've heard that keeping their manes and tails in braids will help prevent breakage.
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post #17 of 20 Old 02-12-2016, 07:38 AM
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Get advice on your horses nutrition, that is what will strengthen his hair.
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post #18 of 20 Old 02-14-2016, 04:35 PM
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Some QH do too. Tend to be long but thin.
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post #19 of 20 Old 02-15-2016, 09:15 PM
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Seconding the MTG. If you stick to it and put it on every day to other day you'll see a difference after a little while. If they won't let you wash the tail there's not much else you can do!

Other recommendations are:
Definitely don't brush it all.
Braid it and wrap it in a sock or tail bag.
Condition it every now and then with a good leave-in conditioner, or the coconut oil.
Ensure good nutrition.

Seriously, coconut oil is amazing for manes and tails. Even just once a week will help it stay more moisturized and stop it from breaking!

As for the mane, I'd also just use some coconut oil or other conditioner in it to prevent it from breaking and to keep it healthy. As soon as it's warm and they allow you to wash her give both a really deep nice clean!
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post #20 of 20 Old 02-18-2016, 09:32 AM
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There was an article in a magazine that I think might help. They talked about how you shouldn't use a large brush as it will break the tail and keep it from growing. They suggested you use a comb or finger pick. I also reccomend coconut oil. you just work it into the tail and keep it brushed out. Al so, when it's warm. Mane and Tail conditioner is AMAZING
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