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post #11 of 15 Old 06-26-2015, 01:20 PM
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Being a somewhat lazy sort, I would plan on a bit of cutting in an up/down motion through the mat (like Stevenson's suggestion), not across. Since he is obviously not a show horse this might be a bit of a time saver for you. Show Sheen makes for very slick hair and the blue Oster mane and tail brush is my favorite grooming tool (as per someone else's suggestion).
But if you have the time and he has the patience go for the other suggested methods. Post a photo of the finished product! : )
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post #12 of 15 Old 06-26-2015, 04:25 PM
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I took in a rescue pony in March with horribly matted mane and tail. I used De-Stress by Ecolicious and it worked wonders!!! As others have said start at the bottom and work your way up.

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post #13 of 15 Old 06-27-2015, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by greentree View Post
I have a LOT of experience at this.....only cut one in all the years I have done it!

Use the Mane N Tail Detangler. Use a spikes type brush...I like the Oster round one. The blue holds up a lot longer than the pink.

Spray the mat until it is wet. Rub it into the mat. Hold the mat in your non dominant hand, and brush the edge until you see the method of tangle net, then unwrap as much as you can, then proceed. Re spray as necessary.

Take all the time you need. It does not need to be done all at once. Spray it before you start everytime, though.
I agree with this, the only difference is that I use a dog comb with a handle and when combing from the bottom I hold the hair I am untangling against my thigh and comb it against my leg. Stops quite as much breakage.
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post #14 of 15 Old 06-27-2015, 09:23 AM
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When I got one of my mares, her tail was like a tangled ball of copper wire. A gallon of mineral oil, fingers, and a main brush. I had it done in an hour. Once it's all done, just wash the mineral oil out. I hate cutting tails.
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