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Emeli
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Username: Emeli

Post Number: 10
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003 - 9:08 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Any ideas on getting massive amounts of burrs out of manes and tails?
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Melissa Boschwitz
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Username: Amara

Post Number: 67
Registered: 7-2000
Posted on Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003 - 9:20 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

i use lots and lots of baby oil... coat the whole area thoroughly, let sit just for a minute or two, then have at it... kinda messy, but gets the job done..
i have a thick maned haflinger that i turn loose to graze.. he has a penchant for wandering into the woods and turning his mane and forelock into one big connected burrdock!!!...*grrr*..(my arab on the other hand, would never be caught dead with that kind of mess!..(1 or 2, maybe, but not the unicorn 'fro that the pony sports!!)..
the baby oil does the trick..
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ANN COLLIER
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Post Number: 278
Registered: 10-2000
Posted on Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003 - 9:26 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

i have used water and a bottle of hair conditioner... makes the hair slick, easy to pull the burs/thorns out...
and rinses clean..
Ann
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Maureen
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Post Number: 49
Registered: 1-2001
Posted on Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003 - 10:30 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Scissors?
Just joking.
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Taara Amrine
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Post Number: 25
Registered: 4-2001
Posted on Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003 - 11:10 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I get them in baby forelocks a lot. Finding that they are dried clover! Never knew that. Anyway, I just run my fingers gently through the hair and pull the hair off of the burr. No oily mess, no torn hair, hair stays on horse and burr just comes out. The burrs just grab a few hairs and if you can isolate them, just pull the hairs off and crush the burr.
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George Taglioli
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Post Number: 43
Registered: 4-2002
Posted on Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003 - 11:16 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Cowboy Magic
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Sara Wolff
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Username: Mrose

Post Number: 21
Registered: 1-2000
Posted on Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 - 12:12 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I vote for Cowboy Magic, too. WD40 works pretty good, too, but is oily feeling & needs to be washed out. I'm going to try the hair conditioner/water combo. With many horses it would be lots cheaper than Cowboy Magic.
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Imogen Bertin
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Post Number: 418
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 - 2:45 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

The detangler products used for human long hair are good too... The trick is, if it won't come out easily, patiently separate smaller and smaller amounts of the hair from the burr until it finally drops out. Tedious, I know...

All the best

Imogen
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Christine E. Nicholas
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Post Number: 11
Registered: 12-2001
Posted on Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 - 10:19 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

EQyss Survivor Super Detangler/Shine is absolutely phenomenal! I never comb or brush my Arabian's mane or tail without it, even if he doesn't have debris in his mane or tail (he often has wind-tangles). I recently had to remove 50 (yes, I counted them) burrs out of my border collie's coat, and Survivor did the trick in very short order. I keep it in the house, the trailer and the barn.
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JANETTE MCDOWELL
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Post Number: 83
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 - 10:41 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

LOL I use world champion pepi and I have a lot of those burrs and devil claws out here, I have found if I take the time to spray pepi on I lose hardly any hair and knots and burrs come out with a brush. I don't have time to pick them out one at a time. So I too had to find a product that would speed up the process. I am one of those people that believes nothing but a stiff brush should ever go through a mane or tail. The main reason I use pepi is price. I can get the cans fairly cheap at chicks saddlery they have sale on them every once in a while and seem to last longer. I do all four mares with one can and they all have tails almost to ground and 12-16" manes. They have it for $4.99 a can right now.

http://www.chicksaddlery.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=00 01
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Sue Grimm
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Username: Warwick

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Registered: 4-2002
Posted on Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 - 11:31 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I'd be very leary of using WD40 as it absorbs directly through the skin on contact. I have no idea what it contains but wouldn't want to take any chances.
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Shirley A. Johnson
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Username: Shirl

Post Number: 70
Registered: 2-2002
Posted on Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 - 11:33 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I agree with Christine regarding Eqyss Detangler and Shine. It's the first time in the 11 years I've had my horse, that I can go out 3 days after putting it on, and there are NO tangles! :o) It's a little expensive, but a little goes far! Shirl
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Lisa Brand
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Username: Trouble

Post Number: 70
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 - 2:36 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I use Showsheen (I don't know if some of the products mentioned above are similar or not). The Showsheen is sprayed on and doesn't have to be washed out. It makes the coat/mane/tail very slippery, not oily.

More importantly, if you spray it on regularly BEFORE you turn out, you won't get as many burrs and they come out alot easier.
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Cheryl Anderson
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Post Number: 197
Registered: 3-2000
Posted on Monday, Oct 27, 2003 - 7:23 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I am assuming everyone knows you pull the hair out of the burr (and not the burr out of the hair), right? Much easier, much faster, and much less hair loss...
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Lisa Brand
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Username: Trouble

Post Number: 71
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 - 4:14 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Excellent point, Cheryl. The burrs just break down into many more annoying little burrs if you try to pull them out! Ugh!!
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Joy Drost
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Post Number: 52
Registered: 7-1999
Posted on Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 - 3:34 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Armour All...it works great!!
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