20 Tips for Healthy Tails


  1. Beatrice says:

    I think this is great advice.. But! My mate has a stallion that is untouched and just sits in the yard, never had a human touch it, it’s just used for breeding, his tail is thin. He doesn’t rub it out, or anything, it’s long, but definitely not thick. It’s very thin. One of the thinnest tails i have ever seen, I brush my Standardbreds tail daily and hers is so thick I have people asking me if it is fake, I can’t even fit my whole hand around her tail because its so thick. Every horse is different. Like an Appaloosas tail is disgusting, there all thin and yuk! Ive never seen one with a decent tail. Some horses just have naturally thick tails.

    • Faith says:

      I have to disagree with your statement about the Appaloosas, my mom’s horse has a thick and gorgeous tail, and she’s a full Appy.

      • Faith says:

        Hey, my name is faith too! And, I have an appaloosa! What a small world! Anyways, my appaloosa sits in the field all the time, and her tail isn’t taken care of, and it is very thin. You’re right, it does vary from horse to horse, but I have noticed that Appaloosas tails are more thin than others.

        • Elizabeth says:

          My Appaloosa mare’s tale is rather thin, but then I read somewhere that the rat-tail was bred out of them. Her tail is easier to comb out than my Quarter Horse gelding. His is a knotted mess! In used babyoil on it, and after much work, got it to a manageable level.r I am wanting to try coconut oil, it is rather expensive, so I used the baby oil to get the majority of the tangle out. He is now able to use his tail better, and I think he appreciates that. His taiil is rather long, so want to trim it up a bit. My mares tail is just the right length, so don’t really need to do anything to hers.

    • Heather says:

      My Appaloosa has a very thick, long tail.. Full Appaloosa, and in old age.

    • Grace says:

      I have an Appaloosa that is full appy; 13 years old and his tail is beautiful. Very thick, a lot thicker than my QH. It varies from horse to horse not breed.

    • diggin3cans says:

      Easy on the Appaloosa. My mares tail is thick and long. Agree that all horses are different

    • sarah says:

      my appy has a rockin tail too

  2. Emma says:

    I have heard not the brush your horse’s tail time and time again. I brush my horse’s tail 2 or 3 times a week with a bently mane and tail brush, always use a detangler (I’m a huge lover of Carr Day and Martin’s Canter Mane and Tail) and he has a fabulous thick tail that I have to trim every couple of months to keep it off the ground. I agree with Beatrice that every horse’s tail is just different. Obviously a good diet and health is most important but I’m unlikely to ever stop brushing my horse’s tail.

  3. Erin Sloan says:

    I have a bay thoroughbred and his tail is an unwieldy beast. I try to brush it out about once a week if I have time. I would truly love to have his tail be long although its vert thick. Im not the hugest fan of perfectly trimmed tails although I could get used to it. I use a wide metal comb I got a Murdoch’s and cowboy magic it really works magic. Ant tips for a really long mane??

    • Cowboy Magic Team says:

      Thanks for the compliment Erin, sounds like you are on the right path. For the most part, the same tips that apply to the tail work for the mane. We like to think in terms of prevention…Prevent the hair from getting knotted, tangled and filled with dirt. Our Detangler & Shine™ helps not only to detangle & moisturize but also to repel dirt and dust. If you need to do any detangling, use your fingers to work out the knots and tangles before using a comb, this will prevent breakage.

  4. Emily says:

    My QH mares tail is a nightmare! I’ve tried finger combing it and it took me 45 minutes. Things are constantly getting stuck it in too, so I brush it out once a week or sometimes once every other week.

  5. Tanya says:

    I have a Clyde stallion, 3 years old and he was bought at an auction, they chopped off his tail because it was full of burrs before sending him into the ring. It has not been docked…I was just wondering what I can do to help it grow faster. I’ve seen pics of him before the auction and it was long…

  6. Maddy says:

    Hiya, I have a thoroughbred gelding with a horrible thin tail, and I’ve been working with it for a while, and its much better, putting vinegar on your horses coat/mane/tail will increase its strength, shine and growth and also deter bugs and flies, also washing their tails and leaving conditioner in the tail, plait it with the conditioner in to keep it clean and relatively detangled.

  7. […] Healthy tail hairs are elastic and shiny, thanks to the lubricating sebum excreted from oil glands at the base of the hair follicles. It’s perfectly normal to find dead hairs among the healthy ones–they’re victims of the normal growth-death-replacement cycle as the body constantly replenishes itself. But beware of dull, brittle tail hairs and hair falling out by the handful–these could signal the onset of disease or a dietary deficiency and require prompt attention. […]

  8. Sandy Harris says:

    So interesting article! My father loves horses and he even has one. He takes care of that horse as if it is member of the family. I will send him this article for sure! Regards! Eltham Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

  9. Adriana says:

    So as I was reading i read something such as cutting the tail while it’s wet which means pulling a wide tooth comb through it, definetly be very careful when combing the tail or mane while wet, hair tends to be very fragile when it’s wet, it tends to stretch 40-50 percent of its length and is very stretchy like a rubber band. Same goes for human hair! So I honestly prefer to wait till it’s completely dry then use your comb with leave in conditioner/ sheen to help it comb out better and then cut so you don’t wind up cutting off to much cuz the hair shrinks back up a little after drying! I like to spray the leave in after you towel dry the mane/tail .And of course if you pull it to tight while cutting it could result to a faulty length because of it shrinking back up! And it is very important to use conditioner after shampooing your horse because any shampoo will take some moisture out so replacing it with conditioner and with leave in conditioner will help with that dryness and will help the hair gain better elasticity which will help the hair not break so easily! Oil and cream are not the same iether! Oil is more for frizziness and shine as to where cream is for moisture which of course if you have good moisture then you will already reduce frizz! This goes for your own hair as well! And use good professional products! A lot of the over the counter products are watered down and tend to grow bacteria in them, have alcohol mixed in them, which lack the hydration that hair and scalp need, and some non pro products will also leave a waxy build up on your hair and scalp/ mane, tail, or hide and will cause your hair to statick! Scalp/ hide itch and cause flakage making it look like dandruff when it’s not. Dandruff is not white in color and falls to your shoulders. Dandruff is yellowish In color and is sticky with a smell. So don’t buy head and shoulders if you have dry scalp please, it will make it worse. Tea tree in Paul Mitchell products is going to help the humans out and cowboy magic rose water line has good moisture for horses. And people please don’t use horse shampoo on your selves! Reason being is ph balance is different for horses as to humans! . So you get what you pay for! Be fair to your self and your horse!

  10. Pat Boegle says:

    It is true that what goes in will surely show on the outside, I feed TNT (Total Nutrition) from Dynamite* plus top grade grass/alfalfa hay,small amount of chemical and molasses free grain, fresh water at all times, my horses tail rapidly became beautiful, long thick and silky, I do use fingers to detangle, starting at the top of the tail and working down.
    I also use human shampoo and conditioner, or Cowboy Magic, never Mane and Tail !
    Being a Dynamite* distributor I am prone to trying our products before moving on to another, so far they have NEVER failed me, more info available.

  11. Gracie says:

    I’m young and don’t have much experience with horses, and i just began riding at a local barn. I inherited a thoroughbred/Tennessee walker who was abused and starved. Her tail is so long and thick, but it has so many knots! today, i went and bought some cowboy magic and trimmed my horses tail. i had never really messed with it before, so i would need a whole bottle to make any difference. She also has a huge spot where manure has just built up and i don’t know what to do. Any advice?

    • Pamela says:

      Be cautious, but if your horse will tolerate it try putting the shampoo in a bucket with water and see if he/she will let you soak it. While it’s soaking use your other hand to massage the area that is full of dirt/manure. It may be tiring to hold the bucket and do this so see if someone will help.

  12. Janet says:

    Can I used the cowboy magic for my hair because my his not gorwing

  13. Grace says:

    I use cowboy magic detangler and shine. It is a dream come true. Works better than any other thing I’ve used. Good job, cowboy magic!

  14. Racing Mom says:

    We have several horses that are turned out to pasture when the day is done, depending on the start of the day the tail is tangled or not. An old trick use from my grandfather is to use a light spray of WD-40. It does not leave a greasy feel and keeps the tail form the terrible tangles. Give it a try.

  15. This is all really, really great advice for horse tails. My most favorite tip is health comes from the inside out. Great feeding, caring and loving always helps, but just like humans some of us are just born with better hair!

  16. Emma says:

    Hi, my horse chews my ponies tail… It started last May so a year and a half ago. I changed his diet and then he stopped.. Don’t know if that’s what stopped it.. Anyway, the tail has grown back to the knee and yesterday I noticed it had been chewed again… It’s now protected with his rug but is their anything I can put on it so he doesn’t have to be rugged up all the time.. thank you

  17. Barbra says:

    I’ve used Cowboy Magic after washing my horses tail, but I’ve avoided using it too often because I heard it tended to dry the hair. What’s the skinny?

  18. bailey says:

    i have a TWH and i use sharplys oil and it will thickening and grow there hail out so fast

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