Horse Tail - So Matted
Posted 30 October 2008 - 12:25 AM
Thanks for any help.
Posted 30 October 2008 - 12:29 AM
Posted 30 October 2008 - 12:35 AM
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Posted 30 October 2008 - 01:21 AM
And while it's wet, yep...wet, I spray Downy on it. Mix 1 part water and 1 part downy. I use a spray bottle I got at the dollar store. And spray the horses tail very well when wet.
Then brush a little bit at the time from the bottom up. And in small sections. I love the downy and it doesn't hurt their mane. Makes it smell good and it's pretty when it dries.
Then later on after it dries, or even the next day, put some type of conditioner on it. Again Mane and Tail makes a good one. However, I tend to just buy Suave and mix it with Cowboy magic at times. Cheyenne's mane and tail do great!
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Posted 30 October 2008 - 04:37 AM
Just gotta wash it out when you are done
Posted 30 October 2008 - 07:08 AM
You are just going to have to work slowly. If it's a really bad mat, you'll need to start with your hands. Really work in your product in a small area and slowly tease out the hair. Just keep going. Once it's getting better, you can hold below the tail bone (so it doesn't pull) and start with the brush.
If the mat is horrible and horse is not paitent (or you aren't), you can cut a little to make things go more quickly. I have had a mat so bad on a rescue horse that the tail was one solid mat. I cut up the center of the mat, basically cutting it in half. This made things go much more quickly. Yes, I lost some hair, but the horse still had plenty to use for bugs and I actually got the darn thing out.
Once it's unmatted, you can still brush. Unless you have one of those horses that just seem to mat in days, you shouldn't have to brush that often. As was said, people say not to brush as you will pull out some hairs and break others. However, not all of us are going to hand pick tails daily (that involves gently seperating the entire tail, one hair at a time by hand. One of the super expensive barns I worked at had the grooms do that.) Just watch that the tail doesn't get overly tangled. When it starts to, work slowly and brush it out. You don't want it to get matted again. It does help to use a leave on human product to prevent it from tangling as fast. I like Infusium-23.
Posted 30 October 2008 - 03:17 PM
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Posted 31 October 2008 - 01:15 PM
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Posted 31 October 2008 - 03:21 PM
Wash out with Woolite.
You'll likely find a bit of grass or weed stem at the heart of that matt.
When you're horse's tail is right? Pick that kind of crap out by hand even if you're not going to rat it all the way out.
Always brush out a tail from the tip to the tail head. Get a hold of the entire circumference of the tail about 8 to 10 inches from the bottom and work that out ... move up.
Wrote, but didn't post this a horse bath and beauty shop treatment ago ..... hope it's not repetetive.