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  1. #1
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    Default Tail Rx -- ideas please

    After a winter of mud, and now the onset of heat behaviors, I have a couple of horses whose tails need desperate measures.

    Over the years I've seen lots of suggestions, but now that I want to use them, they've gone right out of my head. And I had no luck searching. I am looking for ideas for both conditioning and whitening.

    Despite the spring weather lately, it really won't be bath season for a while yet. So what I'd like to do in the meantime is work products into their tails, and then throw them in a tail bag. I'm pretty sure that's one of the suggestions I've read. I just can't remember what the products are that work well like this.

    My goal of course would be to remove the tail bag in a couple of weeks, and rinse out a sparkling white, untangled showpiece of a tail. Surely that's possible, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoZ View Post
    My goal of course would be to remove the tail bag in a couple of weeks, and rinse out a sparkling white, untangled showpiece of a tail. Surely that's possible, right?
    Well, it works for my unicorn...

    In all seriousness though, I wash tails thoroughly to remove any lingering gunk (gotta love mares for nasty tails). Condition tail with with a nice, thick conditioner. Leave conditioner in while using your fingers or a wide tooth comb to pick out any tangles. Rinse tail. Coat liberally with olive oil hair product. I use this. Let dry and put in tail bag. I like the three section tail bags better than the tube style, but whatever works for you is probably fine. I will do this once per week and the tails end up looking great.
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    Over the years, the two things I think are best for my tails are flax and Pantene conditioner. For the flax, each gets a little coffee grinder full each night. The Pantene is grocery store people hair conditioner, but I love it for my horses' tails. I keep a spray bottle with a diluted mix of it to use before I brush their tails.

    Maybe I should add a third thing -- I believe in brushing their tails, lots of it, to the skin on the tailbone, but always with spray conditioner/water on it first.
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    Didn't even notice in your original post you mentioned whitening also. I use Mrs. Stewart's Bluing mixed with shampoo. I don't really have a set ratio of bluing to shampoo, I just make the shampoo blue (about the same color as the post reply button on here). Let sit on the tail for a couple minutes, but not too long or you'll end up with a blue tail. Takes the yellow right out and is much cheaper than Quicksilver.
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    I use the same brand of spray on stuff as TBinColor or lusters pink hair lotion... their both found in the "ethnic hair" section lol



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    Stushica, have you tried the pink sheen spray? I used to use it as a finishing spray when I showed in hand. Gives a nice, natural looking shine and is better for the horse's coat than just about anything else. It does attract dust though, so it's not a great choice for arenas with dusty footing.
    It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
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    I Have! I like the smell and shine better than the green stuff but the green stuff seems to attract way less dirt I haven't made a decision on which one I like better yet so they're both still in my grooming box!



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    Cowboy Magic Detangler and Shine. I wash tails once a month, allow them to dry, coat them in Cowboy Magic, braid them up, and put them in a tail bag. Frankly, I prefer to wrap them in Guardtex, but that is out of style anymore. Style or not, I think Guradtex works better.


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    +1 on the Guradtex/ vetwrap, you can't accidentally tie in hairs and pull them out when you're taking off the tail bag..... I never knew fashion was involved lol



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    Someone posted this not too long ago. Not sure if it works, but I bookmarked it to try later: http://andalusianworld.com/blog/tag/...d-horse-tails/



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