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Video: Horse Mane And Tail Care
Does your horse's tail and mane look dull, unkempt or even dirty? Does your horse's mane not shine despite the fact that you regularly groom it? On the last show, did you lose points because the tail was in poor condition? If so, you are probably not properly grooming your horse. The tail and mane by themselves are not soft and silky. Much, of course, depends on nature, but there is work for you, as the owner, too. Here are some tips for caring for your horse's mane and tail.
To keep the mane and tail looking great, wash them. How often you do this depends on the climate in your area, the skin type of your horse, and the frequency of the show.
Generally speaking, it is best to bathe your horse before every show and about once a month when you are not participating. If you live in dry climates or your horse has dry skin type, wash his tail more rarely. Use a special horse shampoo. Don't take human shampoo to save money - it's made specifically for humans and has a pH that isn't suitable for horses. If the tail and mane look yellow, use a special bleaching shampoo.
After every wash and before every dressage, brush your horse's mane and tail. This removes dead hair, does not form tangles, and natural oil spreads evenly along the tail and mane, leaving hair shiny and silky.
Use a horse bristle brush or a natural bristle brush made for humans. Natural bristles are very delicate and distribute grease and grease well along the hair of the tail and mane.
Before you start combing, use your fingers to remove any burrs, shavings and anything tangled in your horse's hair. Comb your hair starting at the ends of the hair and working towards the base. Continue brushing until the tail and mane are soft and silky.
Separate tangled hair with your fingers first, then pass it through a wide-toothed comb, and then use a more-fine-toothed comb. If the hair is very tangled, spray it with a special solution. You can use cornstarch to combat tangled hair. Put some starch in a salt shaker, sprinkle it over matted hair, rub, leave it on for a couple of minutes, and then start combing.
When you have removed all the tangles, apply a special shine to the mane and tail
When the tail is washed and combed, it is best to braid it in a braid and hide it in a special cover to keep it that way. Do not braid the ponytail in a tight braid to avoid impairing circulation or damaging your hair. If you don't know how to do this, ask an experienced horse breeder to show you.
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Tail covers are available in specialized stores. A nylon cover is recommended as it is more durable than Lycra or polyester. Terry gaiters can also be used to protect the tail, as they absorb moisture well and protect the hair from damage.
If you want your horse to have a great tail and mane, consider these tips. A shiny and silky ponytail and mane is well worth the effort and time it takes to care for them.