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My husbands horse's mane is pretty dry, breaking and dull. Is there a good conditioner or supplement that anyone would recommend?
 

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A good diet, and a tooth check to make sure the horse can process said diet, is your first and best course of action.

But I swear by Healthy Haircare Moisturizer for a topical. It's a pink, liquid concentrate that you dilute with water in a spray bottle. I put it on manes & tails everytime I groom (focusing on rubbing it into the roots) and periodically on full bodies to keep everything soft and shiny. No drying silicones or alcohols, nor potential slippery saddle misshaps, like so many shine sprays (such as Show Sheen.)
 

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I've been told that adding fresh ground flaxseed to the horse's diet does wonders for mane/tail and coat.
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Cynical does it work as a nice entangler too?
Eh, not really. It absorbs into the hair to strengthen from inside out, whereas silicone-based detanglers coat the hair strands so they slip apart. So it's not really going to help knots unkink, but moisturized hair is less likely to knot up in the first place; after using it regularly, I find I have less knots to detangle.
 

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Linseed is good and also any oils or vitamen supplements copper helps too brighten their coats aswell :)
 

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There's something called Mane and Tail that is a very good conditioner for your horse. As already suggested, I'd be sure your horse has a healthy diet and teeth are sound.
Also, you might try a supplement, if necessary. The mane and tail should be soft and shiny.
 

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There's something called Mane and Tail that is a very good conditioner for your horse. As already suggested, I'd be sure your horse has a healthy diet and teeth are sound.
Also, you might try a supplement, if necessary. The mane and tail should be soft and shiny.
I found with the mane and tail, it works best if you shampoo using their shampoo , then condition.
 

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I used coconut oil . It got rid of his dry skin, made his mane tangle free and nice and shiny. Make sure you use the type for your body not the edible type! It comes in a jar solid and melts when you rub in your hands.
 

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Along with what Cynical25 said about teeth checking and diet, I swear by this stuff, I can't remember the name of it, but you can get it at walmart. Its a Olive Oil hair grease almost, its in a clear small bottle with a green top. Its in the African American Hair section. It works great. You just put some in your hands and rub it in well to the base and through-out the mane, tail, and forlock even. It also detangles really well too =] I know its not a "horsey" item, but I love this stuff ha
 

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Since I have shown and worked with Walking horses and sadllebreds (and just love long thick manes and tails) here are some of the tricks of trade I have used off and on. I have used a plethera of suff but I will list only the ones I have seen the most results from. Like what has been stated above a good balanced diet (and teeth) are the first key to good coat and manes and tails. Not to mention good grooming tactics (I go through alot of rubber curries for the coat, lots of elbow greese)

Dont over comb (begin at the bottom of the mane/tail and work towards the top/crest line or dock of tail) and never put a brush to manes or tails. I pick tails and I stay away from all silicone products. (I do use a little Show Sheen on show day but its washed out and conditioned the day after show) Otherwise Cowboy magic detangler for realy tangled up manes and or tails

Supplements : I have used in the past Flaxseed oil (called Linseed oil which is made from the flax seed.) Corn oil (use about 1.5 to 2 ounces per 100 lbs of body weight a day. The same with Vegetable oil. I have tried using Clovite with some success, Calf manna, (good for general vitamin boost for working animals and showing animals) and Dapples which I didnt see any more results than with the aboved mention oils.

Topical applications: Mane and Tail is one of my all time favorites (for growth and condition): I wash with a gentle soap (usualy baby shampoo or Mane and aTale shampoo) then I squeeze it damp with a towel. While damp I apply generous amounts of Mane and tail Conditioner, work it well into the roots (the roots must be clean from dirt, dead skin and etc) and then let set or dry. After that I will braid the mane in stable braids (about 1.5 inch sections) begining rather loose at the top and tighten as I go down and then tie off with rubber bands. (Mineral based oils will eat rubber bands and I havent seen much lasting effects come from straight up mineral oil based products anyways.) With the tail you do the same thing. I change the braids only if they are getting messy.

I used Cholesterol (in the ethnic section of any department wtore like Wal Mart of Kroger or KMart) once a month and leave in about 3 days then wash out. The only draw back is that it will collect dust and does leave a waxy residue but does put a nice deep conditioning on it.

Stinky but does work is MTG. Esp on slow to grow manes, itchy tail docks or itchy mane crest. What ever is in it it does not like rubber bands and thus needs to be used with laytex bands or the mane left free flowing. Use it on the roots only for it will work down the lenght of the mane or tail on its own.

I will use a clarifying shampoo (human strength) every now and then to strip the hair shafts of built up dirt, oils, residue conditioners and etc. then recondition as staed above with Mane and Tail. I think Cowboy Majic has a clarifying Shampoo out there now. I'm cheap so I use Suave brand. The other key is to get the conditioner near the hair roots and message into the skin. Tea Tree oil champoos usualy do a good job of realy cleaning the hair. (I use it to help control my seborrhea dermatitis during winter months)

1 application that I found on accident was the Avon Skin So Soft fly repellent recipe. I used to use that frequently and when i used it I would spray a little on the mane and after some time I notice the mane was getting soft almost like healthy human hair. I was suprised at this. It felt so nice, didnt seem to do much as far as growth was concerned but texture was better. I dont remember the recipe right off hand but I am sure someone on this forum has one.
Anyting with that Jojoba crud in it I give it a big fat rasberry. Useless in my opinion. Another marketing gimmick.

Last but not least........Time.

Some manes a just genetically thin and dont grow at fast paces but with the above it can be helped along.
 

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I love coconut oil for this- rub it in, from the roots down. Let it soak in every couple of days. Makes their manes look great.
 
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