Question!  

Detangler can do wonders for your horse's tail during the grooming process!  You will need to balance creating a tangle free tail with one that doesn't get so sticky it becomes a dirt magnet.  

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This Friesian's tail needs a lot of help - keeping it tangle free is a daily process. 

 

A tangle free tail comes from many factors.  

-Clean and dry bedding!  Wet and dirty bedding helps create that sticky feeling and contributes to yellow stains and manure patches.  

-Overall health of your horse also plays a role, which leads to natural oils being present.  Consider this nature's detangler, although it takes quite a bit of time for those oils to reach the bottom of the tail, which is why we use detanglers from a bottle sometimes.    

-Good cleaning and conditioning will help.  Rinse all products out well, and if you must, use a bit of your favorite detangling serum to work in the tail.  Chances are you only need to use it on the bottom third of the tail. I have had good luck with applying the serum when the tail is wet.  After the tail dries, I will pick it apart and then use a brush from the bottom up.  Many folks like to brush the tail when wet, I prefer damp to dry before using a brush.

A few more notes:

-Detanglers can sometimes create a super slick coating on your horse's tail.  For this reason, I avoid using them on horse manes, as I don't want the reins or the rider's gloves to become slippery. 

-Sometimes less is more.  Adding a bunch of product can create a sticky tail, thus attracting more dirt. 

-A tangle free tail will fly swat better, look nicer, and also be less likely to catch on things and get pulled out. 

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Shapley's Magic Shine is great for all parts of your horse - tail included! 

 

-Detanglers may help repel some stains from tails, like urine.  On the flip side, they can attract dust and dirt.  

-Some brands come in spray form, others in gel form.  After applying a gel formula, be sure to wash your hands with soap - otherwise you will bring the game of "hot potato" to a whole new level, and get detangler all over yourself and everything you touch. 

 

How do you keep your horse's tail tangle free?  


 


 

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