How to Brush Your Horse's Tail November 01 2015

It takes two years for a hair from a horse’s tail to regrow to the length as previous.  This is why you have to brush the tail with care and indeed why a horse’s tail is thicker at the top and gradually becomes thinner nearer the bottom.  This is because whenever you groom a tail, you pull out hair or break hair. 

The problem is often that the tail gets tangled and perhaps has burrs in.  To remove the burrs that entangle the tail, if they have been in there only a short time and there are only a few of them, just use your fingers.  If there are many burrs then the best thing to do is to drench the tail in de-tangler and let it soak in.  Then gently ease the hair out of the burr, starting with the hair at the bottom of the burr.  Be careful not to break the hair but just very gently brush the hair as you go.  Do not use a metal comb or that will break the hair. 

Once the burrs have been removed, then you will need to de-tangle.  For this you will need a wide bristle brush, a pair of gloves (optional), a mane and tail comb and grooming spray.  Spray the tail with the grooming spray, working it into the hair.   Place the tail over the arm and work on the bottom four inches with the brush and get it tangle free.  Then gradually move up the tail, two inches at a time.

If you start at the top of the tail, you will make the tangles tighter.  Pulling at the tail will make it frizzy.  If you are going to a show next day, you may want to plait it to keep it looking nice – however do not be tempted to leave the tail plaited for more than a day as your horse needs his nice swishy tail to shake off the flies!  If the tail is really dirty, then you might want to shampoo and condition it.