Protecting a long, thick tail

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  1. StraightandTrue

    StraightandTrue Senior Member

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    The issue is the ends (the last 10-15cm of the tail) end up dry, brittle, and this nasty washed out orange colour. Even if I dyed it the ends would still be dry and brittle.
     
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    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    @Arem is spot on.

    Ummmmm i have a liver chestnut......the last 10-15cm of her tail are ALWAYS a burnt color, it’s part of her coloring. If I trim it, the burnt color just comes right back to the new ends. Are you sure this isn’t the case with your horse? Yes this mares ends feel dryer than the rest too.
     
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    StraightandTrue Senior Member

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    It only happens in summer though? Like right now (end of winter) the ends are healthy and un-bleached? They may be a touch lighter than the rest of the tail but nowhere near the washed out orange colour they go in summer.
     
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    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    Well....I can’t really say that as we get a decent amount of snow in our Canadian winters, so the sun is kinda twice as bad as you get the reflection off the snow......

    Still again, I’m in Canada....you’re in Oz......so the sun is drastically different........
     
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    barrel_racer64 Senior Member

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    If you want a natural product, you can look at coconut oil. I also used the Eqyss Megatek stuff for a few years and loved it.
     
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    emali06 Senior Member

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    You will get that with a horse that is naturally red.
     
  7. StraightandTrue

    StraightandTrue Senior Member

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    So you don’t think it’s even worth trying to bag it or find an SPF hair product? Like, no matter what I do that’s how it will end up? Her tail is gorgeous at the moment though so...?
     
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    harli36 Senior Member

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    I have had better luck with keeping the hair hydrated than using spf products. Healthy Hair care would be my first choice with coconut oil being second (it works but is messy). After that really what would work best is night turn out. My horse always had a great coat but wowza she is gorgeous on night turn out.
     
  9. ginster

    ginster Senior Member

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    For sun bleaching you could always colour. Add a good thick mask and you can counteract at least some breakage.
    Have you tried spreading coconut oil on her tail and leave it in? That should help some with the breakage..
     
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  10. Circle C

    Circle C Senior Member

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    Yes to coconut oil
     
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