Mane and Tail Care

by Ross Stockdale

Mane and Tail Care

If you are like most horse owners, you probably dream of your horse having long, luscious locks. Some breeds, such as Shetland ponies or Halflingers, tend to have naturally thick manes and tails. 

Proper mane and tail care can help ensure that your horse, no matter their breed, can experience strong, healthy hair that will be the envy of the barn. 

Handle With Care 

To prevent breakage and hair loss, it's important to be gentle with your horse's mane and tail when handling and grooming it. Occasionally, your horse might come in from the pasture with a few tangles — or worse yet, a long wind knot — in their mane. 

When this happens, first spray some detangler on it and then try to break up the knot with your fingers. Then, once you've broken up most of the knot, start gently brushing at the bottom and work your way up so you don't pull out any hairs from the roots. 

Clean and Condition Regularly 

While you don't want to over-wash your horse's mane and tail, cleaning and conditioning it every 10 to 14 days can help keep it healthy and looking its best. 

After you've thoroughly cleaned the mane and tail using an equine shampoo — paying special attention to the base of the mane and at the dock of the tail — it's time to condition. Evenly distribute equine conditioner from roots to ends. Let it sit for a few minutes to soak in.

When the time is up, rinse it well and follow that up with a leave-in conditioner. A leave-in conditioner will add additional moisture and make it much easier to brush your horse's hair out.

Braid, Bang or Bag: The Finishing Touches 

Once your horse's mane and tail are shiny and squeaky-clean, there are a few extra things you can do to keep it protected and looking its best:

  • Braid: Braiding the hair can provide protection from dirt and breakage due to over-brushing. Keep the braids loose at the base so your horse isn't uncomfortable. After a few inches, you can begin tightening the braid to prevent it from falling out. 
  • Bang: Banging your horse's tail, or cutting it straight across and leaving it even with the fetlock, is a great way to prevent your horse from accidentally stepping on it and pulling hair out of the dock. It also prevents mud from clumping on the hair during colder months. 
  • Bag: Another way to protect your horse's tail is to bag it. Some bags are designed for use only when trailering while others can be worn even when the horse is turned out.

Find Quality Horse Mane and Tail Grooming Supplies at Horse Tack Co. 

From shampoos and conditioners to sponges and sweat scrapers, Horse Tack Co. carries a wide range of mane and tail care supplies to keep your horse looking their very best. On our site, you'll be able to browse some of the top equestrian hair care brands, including Equiderma, Eqyss, Cowboy Magic and Vetrolin. 

Let us know if you have any questions by giving us a call at 866-624-8225 or reaching out online.              

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