How do I detangle my horses tail

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  1. bsbcogburn

    bsbcogburn Full Member

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    I recently got a new horse that her tail is tangled in a knot all the way to the ground. I hate to cut it because I think it would be pretty long. I have tried Show Sheen and one application of WD40 with a plastic grooming brush. Please help in anyway that you can. Thank you...... pony
     






  2. 1rish

    1rish Senior Member+

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    There is a post on this forum from about a month ago addressing the same situation, I think her horse had dread locks though. Anyhow, everyone had some great ideas on how to conquer tangles. You should try looking it up, its well worth the read.
     
  3. harli36

    harli36 Senior Member+

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    DON'T CUT IT. Whatever you do it will take years to grow back 3 feet of tail, even if your horses hair grows quickly.

    Get a brush not a comb. For everyday grooming you don't want to use a brush(it will break too many hairs)just pick it out with your fingers. But this is a different situation. The brushes that work the best for me are the people ones(cheaper than pet) with pads on them. So the bristles can be pushed in. Do you know what I mean cuz I don't think I know what I mean after that explanation. LOL I found this kind of brush at the dollar store. Much better than going any paying ~$10 for one out of a horse cataloge.

    Just have a seat and pick the knot out, it will take long and your fingers will be sore but it's way better than cutting the knot out. You'll probably use fingers more than the brush but the brush can help. Good Luck!
     
  4. probarrelracer

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    I usually sit on a bucket, soak the hair in baby oil, then untangle it one or two hairs at a time. It may take a few hours in your case, but it is better than waiting years for it to grow back. wink
     
  5. Abbie22057

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    I just brushed out my horses' tails for the first time since last fall tonight, and they were full of burrs, sticks, hay, etc. I used a coat conditioner called REVIVE that I use on my show steers and it worked like a charm!! It's an aerosol can, and it comes out like foam. Just rub that it real good and start brushing. You can find it on Revive and it's made by sullivan's, in the show cattle products. It smells great too!!!

    <small>[ April 20, 2004, 07:53 PM: Message edited by: Abbie22057 ]</small>
     
  6. Pony Magic

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    Sounds like the perfect job for Rio Vista' Equine Shine http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com/horse_coat_polish.htm

    First wash the tail with Rio Vista's Equine Shampoo. Then spray all over with Equine Shine. Start detangling from the bottom up with your fingers then work up the tail. You can use a comb with wide teeth too.
     
  7. Angelo

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    Try using silicone spray (show sheen) Spary it in your horses tail then let it sit for a little bit then use your fingers to untangle his tail. I used show sheen in my horses mane and tail about 2 weeks ago and it is still in there
     
  8. Blistering Winds

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    Mane and Tail Conditioner. Apply a LOT! Let it sit for a few minutes, then take a brush, same as everyone said. A plastic brush, kinda got like 1/2 cm spaces in between the bristles, something like that.

    But just start at the bottom. If you can split the tail into several sections, it would be better. As you go up the tail, split it when you can.

    And just take your time. Some hair will get tore up, some hair will come out, but overall, the tangles will come out and you'll still have a tail.
     
  9. ToriQui

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    I agree with the baby oil thing. You can buy it for a dollar at the dollar store. Soak it by saturating the tail with baby oil....use the whole bottle if you need to. Then pick a way at it with a comb and your fingers chunk by chunk. Good Luck!
     
  10. MiniHorseGrl

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    oh, if you wash the tail, you could also use cow boy magic detangler, it works really well! my miniatures mane is in dread locks in the middle half the time because its so thick, and i use cow boy magic and it comes right untangled!
     






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