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The tail is one of those things that most horse owners really want to preserve. One way to do that is to make sure it's clean, tangle free, and well maintained. Every tail, no matter the horse, will need a good shampoo at some point. You have options in the shampoo department - go for a Hi Shine Shampoo to thoroughly clean and add shine, or play up your horse's natural hair color with EquiTone Shampoo. The frequency of horse bath days depends on your horse, his living environment (inside or outside), and the climate! Sometimes, you might find the need to wash only the tail and not do a full bath. This is great for winter time spa days - you can brighten the tail without doing a full bath.

When it's tail washing time, it's easy to gather a few tools and get going. Use a dollop of shampoo dissolved in warm water in a bucket. This is a great way to just dunk the tail up to the tail bone in bubbly water and then massage everything in. Then you can use a sponge to add some of your Hi Shine foamy mixture to the upper part of the tail.

Another choice would be to wet the tail, top to bottom, and then use shampoo in your hands to massage in. This is best for the EquiTone Shampoos. Working top to bottom lets the shampoo really do it's job well and easily.

Either way, it's very important to spend a lot of time working your shampoo of choice gently into the tail. At the tail bone, you also need to spend your time working it into the base of the hairs and the skin. While you are there, do another inspection of the tail bone looking for bumps, lumps, scrapes, tumors, bugs and anything new that has popped up.

The tail bone is also the area that you devote your time to rinsing, and rinsing really well. Suds left here can irritate the sensitive skin and cause rubbing and tail damage. Start at the top and rinse down.

If you choose to use a conditioner, be sure the tail is free of shampoo residue. Natural Elegance Conditioner is light, easy rinsing, and smells nice. The reason to use a conditioner is to strengthen the hair, provide future stain protection (yeah!!) and make everything soft and easy to maintain. Use a tiny amount on the tail bone because of the rinse factor - sometimes conditioner just wants to hang on a little bit longer! Use more conditioner on the ends to create soft volume and to make detangling easier.

A lot of us are concerned with losing tail hairs - and just like our own hair, it does come out naturally, and no amount of product or tail bag or pampering will prevent it. So don't panic if your brush has some hairs in it! When the tail is damp, you can apply a light spray of Magic Sheen to make combing or brushing tangle free.

For those of you that use tail bags, be sure to apply them well below the tail bone. Most styles of tail bag are easily secured when your horse's tail is in a braid. Using a tail bag is also a great way to do a deep conditioning treatment - you can use Natural Elegance Conditioner overnight and rinse the next day.


Product Focus

Shapley's Famous M-T-G

  • Formulated to eliminate the caustic agent that creates skin problems
  • Conditions the skin while creating a barrier against the elements
  • Conditions the hair and skin around the problem area to promote hair growth
  • Effective against rain rot, dew poisoning, mud fever, girth itch, tail rubbing ad scratches
  • Can be used on livestock, dogs and cats and helps eliminate hot spotsMTG_and_MTG_plus_300_w_for_bottom_row.jpg

  • Grooming Tip

    How to brighten your horse's color:

    Help your horse looking good throughout the summer by letting him dry before turning him out.

    Supplement his hair coat with Equi-Tone to bring out the highlights of his own color.

    EquiTone is available in four shades - black, red, whitening, and gold.

    Find them here at your favorite online retailer!



    “Magic Sheen is the only shine product I trust on my horse and it works beautifully! It detangles quickly, leaves a high shine and I just love the smell. And it repels dirt better than any product I have used before without drying out his coat. My horse always stays much cleaner than his barn mates!”

    Magic Sheen is designed with no additional ingredients that can dry your horse's coat. It's great to use on your horse's body to add shine and help prevent stains.

    You can also use Magic Sheen to detangle manes and tails.



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