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    This is probably a very novice question, but I just wanted to make sure. what can you use for detangling tails? I think some of the horse products you can buy are just so expensive. What about human detangler? Does it work just as well or do you find you need to use tons of it for a good result?

    I've used the products made for children.


      I buy a $3.97 can of silicone spray from the auto dept at Walmart. Spray lightly and combs out perfectly. I use it about once a week and the manes and tail are fine/not dried out. Much cheaper, but stinks at first. The smell disappears in about 2 minutes, maybe less.


        My all-time favorite product is World Champion Pepi. It's the best detangler I've EVER used (and I've tried MANY things).

        If you're looking for human products, Avon Skin So Soft mixed in a 1/3 solution with 2/3 water works well. I got that from my former riding instructor. If you want even less expensive than Avon's SSS, you can go with Johnson's No More Tears. That works pretty well also for detangling a mane or tail. I do find Pepi is the best product I've used though, better than the latter 2 products.


          Eqyss Survivor

          One word. SURVIVOR.

          I have a Friesian and I think I would have gone insane by now, had it not been for this product. Nothing else compares. It's not a silicone, will not dry the hair, is not sticky when dry and allows even the thickest tails to be brushed tangle free in meare seconds.

          Worth every penny and lasts a long time.

          Nothing else like it. Smells nice too.


            I don't like to use any silicone products on my horse but I've heard good things about Infusium and Pink Aerosol as well.

            We used to use Pantene products or Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo at my old barn. Worked well.


              I tried everything for horses, then I tried Pink, and then I pulled out the Citra Shine Shine On that I had used on my hair and it works on my horse's tail better than anything else. It's a little "heavy" for my hair, but fine for my horse's tail.


                For picking things out of the tail or combing, I like Canter Mane and Tail. Great stuff. For bathing, I love the Cowboy Magic detangler.


                  Cowboy Magic! The best thing yet to get tangles out of the tail and dreads from the mane! A little bit goes a long way.
                  --Gwen <><
                  "Treat others as you want to be treated and be the change you want to see in the world."


                    I get Lazer Sheen Concentrate, I just bought another bottle from jeffers and it was $11.25 for a 12 oz bottle
                    1 bottle makes 1 gallon,so thats about $2.82 a quart
                    It works great,I`ve used it for years and i have a couple Tennessee walkers with very thick mane n` tails


                      I used cowboy magic forever until a friend got me started on olive spray. It is sold on the ethnic hair aisle of the grocery store or Sally and I think it is for african american hair. It works great as a horse hair detangler and leaves the tail soft and shiny, not greasy or sticky. It only costs about $3 for a huge can too!
                      "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man" -Winston Churchill


                        Silverado Coat Gloss

                        I LUFF this stuff . . .

                        . . . and you can buy it by the gallon on
                        If you cannot set a good example, at least serve as a terrible warning....


                          Big vote for Pink!! No silicone, its moisturizes the tail and mane and makes it sparkle!!! Love this stuff...
                          The Galloping Grape
                          Warrenton, VA


                            Definitely not a novice question. Everyone has a preference, and the show grooms often have tech tips or secret sources that us laypeople don't know.

                            I don't know about silicone vs no silicone but the Lazer Sheen has done well for me for ages. I will also use Vetrolin Shine Detangler if it's on sale. I prefer spray products to goo, as I find them easier to apply. My horses live out and I do not bath them terribly often, so shampoo/conditioner is less efficient for me. YMMV.

                            P.S. I also use the lazer sheen and vetrolin detangler on my own medium length curly hair and my boyfriends LONG SUPER CURLY SUPER THICK hair.
                            Do not take anything to heart. Do not hanker after signs of progress. Founder of the Riders with Fibromyalgia clique.


                              Definitely Cowboy Magic! And it smells fabulous too!

                              Fiber Luxe Horse Blanket Cleaning and Repair


                                Another vote for Cowboy Magic but do use it sparingly....


                                  Well, I'm old school, so I'm putting in a vote for ShowSheen! I will say that next time I'm trying the Pink product. I'll let you know how I like it but I've still got a whole bottle of Eqyss Avocado Mist to get through that I hate. It doesn't detangle, just gets the tail kinda heavy and sticky. That's what I get for thinking more expensive must be better. At least if I don't end up liking the Pink better than ShowSheen, I won't be out a lot of $$.


                                    I paid $3.25 for a large can of Pink-Plus at the PX today, after reaing abt it here. I love it.


                                      I use lots of human products on my horses. Usually something I've bought for myself and then didn't like, so it goes to the barn. I like using Suave conditioners, and there's some Infusium detangling spray in the barn right now.

                                      It depends on how much you use as to whether or not it's cheaper than horse products. If you have to use a whole bottle of human conditioner, is it really cheaper? So yeah, sometimes it's better to buy the stuff made for horses.

                                      One thing I splurge on is the Vetrolin products. Some people can't stand it, but I looooove the smell.


                                        For daily use I've tried a bunch of different detanglers and I prefer the Vetrolin shine spray. Smells great and is not greasy or heavy. I use it every day I groom my horse, he lives outside but his tail is in excellent condition. Show Sheen works will too but the Vetrolin is cheaper and doesn't leave that silicone feeling.