If you have spent any length of time around horses and horse people you will come to realize that each horse person has their own way of doing things and rarely do you find common ground or agreement. This is never more true, then when you discuss home remedies, to one person they sound ridiculous and bizarre but to another they swear they work wonders. There is a great article on EquiSearch from Horse & Rider that looks at a variety of homemade horse remedies and their effectiveness by asking a vet their opinion of the practice. It is a wonderful article and worth taking the time to read. Enjoy!
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Just a quick tip today before the weekend arrives! I picked this up from a magazine and it really, really works! If that familiar crackling, popping sound followed by you and your horse getting shocked by static seems to accompany you ever time you take your horse’s blanket off, try mixing equal parts water and fabric softener in a spray bottle and mist all your blankets with the mixture. Your horse blankets will be static free and smell great.
As I mentioned in my last post, To Bag or Not To Bag, I was going to try a tie-in tail bag made from thick, stretchy, swimsuit-like fabric. Well, as you can see from the picture it did not fair any better than the Healthy HairCare nylon tail bag. So maybe it is my horse that is exceptionally rough on tail bags and not actually the tail bag itself.
To use a tail bag or not, is always a tough question. Years ago when I was showing like crazy my horses always wore one and I washed, re-braided and put on a clean tail bag at least once a week. But as time went on and I was too busy to be in the barn much, my mom started letting down all the tails and they still stayed long and thick.
So, when I started back in the barn with a new horse I left her tail down and kept it washed, conditioned and tangle free and did not have any problems leaving it out of a tail bag. But, I just sent my horse to a trainer and thought I better put her tail up in a bag to better protect it since I wasn’t going to be with her every day to keep it washed and conditioned.
Needless to say, the tail bag lasted about two days, it was torn and covered in dirt and shavings laying on the floor of her stall in no time. I have never had a tail bag fair so badly but I must say this one by Healthy HairCare was poorly made and not worth spending your money on. I thought the thick nylon was going to be durable but it received a small tear and continued to rip out the whole side of the bag and the velcro did not stick very well which is essential to keeping the bag on a swishing tail. I am now trying a slinky, stretchy tail bag made out of thick swimsuit-like fabric that ties onto the tail and will let you know if it fairs any better.
Pictures of my horse’s tail bag after being worn for two days:
What the tail bag looked like when I bought it:
From The Saddle Ranking: 1 out of 4 Horseshoes:
I have discovered an amazing product that is primarily for people but it works wonders on horses too. Moroccan Oil has become my secret weapon for making my horses tails super soft and shiny. I first stumbled on this product when my hairdresser kept using it on me every time she cut and colored my hair. It smelled amazing and made my hair soft and shiny without being greasy or heavy. Naturally, my first thought was this stuff would do amazing things to a thick, coarse horse tail.
I bought my first bottle a few months ago and now I won’t wash a tail, mane or even a forelock without using it. Moroccan Oil contains anti-oxidant and vitamin rich Argan Oil (from a tree found in Morocco) that instantly absorbs into the hair and creates softness and shine without leaving a greasy residue. Its strengthens brittle and damaged hair while also increasing elasticity which keeps the hair from breaking when trying to comb out a tangle. You can apply a dime size amount to a wet tail after washing or just apply it dry with your daily grooming. Your horse’s tail will look amazing and since it is non-greasy and absorbs into the hair the dirt does not stick to it. Moroccan Oil is available online at www.drugstore.com, www.amazon.com and at many local salons, click here to find a salon near you.
From The Saddle Ranking: 4 out of 4 Horseshoes