A horse's mane and tail can quickly become a mess of tangles and knots. While numerous commercial products smooth the grooming process, using natural ingredients is easier on the horse and ecosystem -- and safer. Various homemade concoctions work, so find the right one for your horse and comb away!
Peel and mash half of an avocado. Measure the mashed amount and scrape it into a spray bottle; use a funnel if necessary. Add an equal amount of rice bran oil to the bottle. You may add a few drops of an essential oil -- such as lavender -- for fragrance. Shake the bottle thoroughly until the oil and avocado have mixed. Spray the detangler onto your horse's mane and tail and comb it through; the oil gives additional shine.
Place one dry bath oil bead in a spray bottle. Add 1 to 1 1/2 cups hot water and shake the bottle to dissolve the bath oil bead. Spray the mixture onto your horse's mane and tail, and comb through. Do not rinse the detangler out.
Pour 1/2 cup water into a spray bottle. Add 1 cup each of lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. Shake the bottle thoroughly and apply the mixture to your horse's hair. Leave it in and comb it through. Store any remaining detangler in the refrigerator for the next use.
Mix 1/4 cup organic human hair conditioner with 1/4 cup baby oil or mineral oil in a spray bottle. Add up to 2 cups water and shake the mixture. Mist the mixture onto your horse's hair and leave it for up to 10 minutes; this also conditions dry and brittle hair. Comb or brush it through to remove tangles.
- Natural products allow these detanglers to be used for humans, as well.
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Lori Lapierre holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science in public relations/communications. For 17 years, she worked for a Fortune 500 company before purchasing a business and starting a family. She is a regular freelancer for "Living Light News," an award-winning national publication. Her past writing experience includes school news reporting, church drama, in-house business articles and a self-published mystery, "Duty Free Murder."