I mean, I need the mutha of 'maresnestknotsinthetail' detanglers. I'm to the point of cutting it out as soon as fly season dies down.
My Sammy has a knot in the middle which really can't be seen unless you're in the tail. It's that tight. I've been working on the outside a little at a time. Sam is pretty patient but, criminy, I'm constantly pulling on it and, to me, that seems one of these days, he's gonna get ticked over it all.
I've tried Santa Fe and Mane & Tail so far. Baby oil is next?? Or just cut it out and start over??
I agree with the Cowboy Magic. But I squeeze it on the brush. According to my sister the cosmetologist, you always untangle from the ends and work your way up to the higher tangles. It works on my horse's tail.
I untangled the holy mother of all rats nests a couple months ago...wish I'd taken pics. It was the worst I'd ever seen. Super-thick tail that drug the ground in one big clump from the bottom of the tail bone all the way to the tips. Horse had a 20in long mane that was in the same shape (Saddlebred, go figure).
Cowboy Magic, which I've always loved for getting the knots out, just didn't do diddly on the tail. It's just too thick, wouldn't penetrate the mass of hair. I ended up using Mane-n-Tail on it, the spray stuff, and it worked fairly well. Stuck the nozzle right in the massive clump and saturated it. Let it soak in and painstakingly separated the big clump into smaller clumps and took it from there (Cowboy Magic came in handy when I got to that stage).
It was so bad I destroyed a hairbrush, went through an entire bottle of Mane-n-Tail and 3/4 a bottle of Cowboy Magic just on the tail but they got the job done. The remaining Cowboy Magic was enough to get the mane done with a little help from some baby oil and WD-40.
Stock your arsenal well and don't be afraid to mix it up a little.
WD40. Spray liberally, start working from the bottom up and you shouldn't have to cut anything. I picked up a draft cross gelding a few years ago that hadn't been touched in 3 years, his tail was one continuous mass of knots and burrs. With the help of some WD40, I was able to work my way through it in about half an hour, only got the scissors out to trim off the 8" or so that was dragging the ground when I finished.
Just try to keep it off the skin, wash thoroughly once done and give lots of cookies to your horse for being so patient.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what
lies with in us. - Emerson
Another vote for Pledge. First read about it here on COTH and was skeptical. But since I had some for dusting furniture, I tried it. It works very well, is an inexpensive option and the lemon smell is better than any of the other products' scents.