I use this (Amazon.com: Horse Mane & Tail Brush, 9" Black: Home Improvement) brush on his mane and tail....so just finger combing from now on? I may have to buy one of those tail bags when I get the MTG. I'll head up to TSC and see if they have any, as our local tack store is REALLY expencive and the owner is a b*tch....Yea...you just put it on the roots of the mane and tail dock and massage it in and let the excess fall onto the rest of the mane and tail. it smells like nasty bacon grease,but it works SO well. Also to grow a long mane and tail NEVER brush them with a brush. It causes it to break and frizz and make an ugly tail finger comb lightly. I also keep my tails (lol..i mean my horses tails) in tail bags all winter long. I try to apply M-T-G about once a week...and voila...take the tailbag off in summer and you have a tail dragging on the ground!
Hmm I never considered vitamins and how they would affect it. Where do you buy Biotin and such?I believe the best way to create outer health, is by starting on the inside. Hair you see is already dead, the only living aspect of hair is the root and follicle. If those aren't healthy, the hair they produce won't be either.
There are quite a few supplements you can give to help hair growth and improve coat quality, the best ones are Biotin, which is an essential B vitamin, and vitamin E, which contains polyunsaturated fats that are shown to have a wide range of beneficial qualities, including improved skin and hoof quality and joint suppleness.
One of the best natural sources for these vitamins and fats is flax seed, especially flax seed oil. One or two tablespoons mixed into the feed once a day is enough to be beneficial. Giving too much can cause diarrhea due to expulsion of the excess oil, but otherwise, it is very safe.