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Even if your summer schedule doesn’t include any shows, taking care of your horse’s tail is important when you’re not headed to the show ring. Adding a tail care regime that includes a mane and tail detangler to your horse’s regular grooming can help you create a bigger, more beautiful tail while helping keep your horse healthy and comfortable. Here’s how.
Bigger Tail = Better Fly Swatter
Even though a beautiful tail looks like an elegantly aesthetic feature, your horse’s tail is more than ornamental. Horses use their tails as fly swatters, so the longer and thicker the tail is, the more effective it is. Using a mane and tail detangler that conditions and helps strengthen the hair regularly is a great way to help your horse preserve the tail he has and grow a thicker, longer tail.
Look for Tail Damage
Grooming your horse’s tail regularly also gives you a chance to look for signs of damage—like rubbing, scratching, chewing from a pasture mate, dry skin or other skin conditions—and catch them before it’s too late. By checking frequently, you’re able to notice the subtle signs and catch the problem before it becomes unwieldy. Using a mane and tail spray that detangles, reduces hair breakage and includes minerals and proteins to strengthen hair in its formula is ideal. That way, you’re helping repair and prevent further damage at the same time!
Speed Up Pre-Show Prep
By caring for your horse’s tail daily, there’s also less you’ll need to do come show time. Many mane and tail detanglers include a stain-resistant quality in their formula, which can help keep light-colored tails from getting stained. Absorbine’s ShowSheen® Hair Polish & Detangler repels dust, dirt and prevents stains to keep horses cleaner longer, making getting your horse’s tail ready a breeze.
Taming your horse’s tail isn’t just about looking pretty. But, when done as part of a regular grooming routine and with the right mane and tail detangler, you can help your horse stay healthy while having a beautiful, thick tail.
Check for Ticks and Other Pests
It’s not uncommon for ticks to want to bite along your horse’s tail bone, especially where the tail hair is the longest. After all, it’s a fairly hidden spot and unless brushed and checked over routinely, a tick bite could go unnoticed there for some time. Ticks can carry a number of diseases that affect horses, including Lyme disease, equine piroplasmosis and anaplasmosis. That’s why it’s important to check your horse’s tail daily during tick season to make sure none of the pests are lurking in your horse’s tail hair. The easiest way to do this is to part the hair in different sections—like you would then you apply your mane and tail detangler—and then run your fingers down the tail bone to feel for a tick bite (it will feel like a raised bump).
Which Mane and Tail Detangler is Recommended?
Formulated by hair care professionals and used by top grooms, ShowSheen® Hair Polish & Detangler is clinically proven to smooth hair, improve detangling and significantly reduce hair breakage for fuller, longer manes and tails. It repels dust, dirt, and prevents stains to keep horses cleaner longer. And of course, ShowSheen® is renowned for providing stronger, healthier hair and an unparalleled radiant shine. Meta: Adding a tail care regime that includes a mane and tail detangler to your horse’s regular grooming can help keep him healthy and comfortable. Here’s how.