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Cindy O'DELL
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Username: zarr

Post Number: 1431
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Posted on Monday, Nov 30, 2009 - 4:36 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Mare had bad bout of diarrhea that cleared up in a couple of days.Too cold for bath has anyone ever tried baby powder or baking soda to get the tail clean along with a good brushing?
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Vicki
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Post Number: 389
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Monday, Nov 30, 2009 - 5:31 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I wash tails in the winter inside (not a heated barn but it's out of the wind) if I have to--I use 5 gal buckets of warm water. Hold the bucket up on my forearm and dunk the tail. Put the bucket down, soap/scrub tail in my hands. Rinse in 5 gal bucket as needed. I use a warm wrung out cloth to wipe ick off the rump cheeks and under the tail head. Use beach towels to squeeze all the water out I can of the tail. Use beach towels to towel off back of legs and rump. I have been known to use a hair dryer... I use thick rubber gloves/gardening gloves because my hands get cold pretty quick. It isn't a perfect job, but it gets the really nasty stuff. I don't dare try to comb it until it's completely dry and of course the horse stays stalled until dry. Of course, get rid of all the buckets of water before whipping out the hair dryer...
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Lee
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Posted on Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 - 1:32 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

"Tail Buckets Horse Tail Grooming", google it. I've been in your shoes...a lot.
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Vicki
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Post Number: 392
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Posted on Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 - 7:07 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Wow Lee! If you are talking about the plastic tail bag I saw on YouTube, it is pretty cool. Only trouble for me, I have one horse who doesn't stand in the washrack/stock very well--training issue. I use the above method with a little bit of chasing...
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Fran C
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Posted on Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 - 7:13 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I've used Vicki's method many, many times...works beautifully, even in the middle of a Michigan winter.
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Cindy O'DELL
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Posted on Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 - 11:47 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks guys she was pretty messy?? Such a good girl. I faked the tall bucket from home depot and used baking soda as faster drying agent. Used it a dogs before so (skunks)... wish I knew why this haoppened as she is my cast iron girl, little arab but tough. Maybe too many crab apples :-) Will check out youtube also.
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Lee
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Post Number: 1383
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Posted on Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 - 11:19 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Vicki: I just do my horse in the cross ties. Does your horse kick? I have a b/w leopard app with a mostly white tail that periodically gets bouts of diarrhea. Used to tear my hair out. I ordered the Tail Bucket thing...even though I was convinced that it would not work.

It was a miracle for me. I was able to get the tail really clean without getting wet at all...not even my hands. You just don't want to add too much water to the shampoo or the bag gets too heavy. Use just enough water to work the lather through the tail well. When I'm done, I get a muck bucket and cut the bottom of the bag and rinse through the bag with the hose and catch the water in the bucket. While you've got the hose in the top of the bag, you can really work the rinse through the tail by squeezing and rubbing the bag with your other hand....all without getting wet. Then, when you finish rinsing, make sure that the velcro band at the top is nice and tight, as you squeegee it down the length of the tail. By the way, you can stand to the side as you do this entire wash if you have a problem with the horse...and you don't have to manage large damp towels or hold a bucket of water against your horse's backside. If you pull the Tail Bucket off correctly, you take most of the water out. If you need too, you can towel it then....I never have needed to.

You get, like, five bags or so, with the kit. They also sent me a big clip which closes the bottom of the bag ( that you've cut to rinse the tail )so that you can re-use the bag.

It's really no more disturbing to the horse than wrapping and tying up the tail, or, braiding the tail....and you don't have to get as close to the rear end as you do when holding a bucketful of water. You absolutely don't need stocks...you do need a hose. If you can't get a hose that will reach your horse when she is tied, then you will need the bucket method.
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