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Plaiting Wax – the easy way to achieve perfect plaits!

Vicky Goody

Smart Grooming loves bringing out products to make your life easier.  Plaiting wax is the new “must have” product to keep handy for show plaits or everyday tidiness.

Plaiting wax is a push up tubed wax stick containing beeswax and Vitamin E.  Applied lightly in downward strokes to the mane before dividing and plaiting, this will ensure any wispy or fly away hair is firmly locked in place to give defined plaits.

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It has a light waxy texture, which will disappear into the hair but still give texture and firmness.  Use sparingly, a little will go a long way!

It’s so easy to use and being such a neat pocket size, fits handily into a pocket or grooming apron.  Handy to keep out for show days or have as part of everyday grooming to tame mischievous stray hairs.

Smart Grooming, ambassador, Imogen Carter recently product tested it for us, here’s what she had to say:

“As a professional groom, I do a lot of plaiting so look for products that help all types of manes and tails as some are trickier than others to get the perfect results with. Smart Grooming sent me this product to trial before its launch this Spring. I have to say I just love the Plait Wax. Less is more, in my opinion. A few strokes on each bunch was just plenty. The initial spray with Smart Grooming’s Perfect Plaits sets the mane, and the Plaiting Wax contained all the hairs. My horse has wispy hair which can be hard to plait and keep looking tidy all day long, but this product really helps me out.

It’s so easy to use, fits nicely in your pocket & leaves no extra residue, and even helped to keep the flies away.  I have used a similar wax grooming product, but this consistency was smoother and lighter and was easier to use without leaving any waxy bits.  I highly recommend it if you are wishing to achieve a really perfect finish or want extra help with difficult manes.”

 

Recipe for a White Tail

Vicky Goody

"Hi, I have a dapple grey with a yellow tail - I’'ve tried everything to get it white (doesn't help that she's not a clean horse) do you have anything that can help?”

This is one of our most regular questions that we receive and thought it would be good to share our answer to help others with the ‘yellow tail syndrome’…

 This is a very common problem, and the answer really depends how stained as to how instantly the original colour can be retrieved. With mares, the urine will obviously stain the tail, but if it is washed very regularly and conditioned - at least every week - then this will then not allow the stain to penetrate the hair.  Once this has happened it is very difficult to get it instantly completely white again. I myself have a mare with a white tail, when she came to me the tail was in yellow ringlets, it is now very white.

I started by washing the tail every day for a couple of weeks, this really helped and gradually over a few weeks it regained its originally white colour.  

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You Will Need

The products I used to achieve this are:

Polar White, Deep Purple Shampoo, Super Blue

I used Gloss n Go and Super Shine Lotion after washing to reduce future stains.

Method

 1.     First fully immerse the tail in a bucket of very warm water, if you can allow it to soak for as long as possible (3-4 mins is ideal) this will allow the water to really soak into the hair.

2.    Spray with Polar White and massage/rub in well, from the bottom of the tail up to the dock.  Leave for 3-4 mins.

3.    Add Deep Purple shampoo and repeat the massage/rubbing procedure.  

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4.    Rinse off and shampoo once more before a final rinse in very warm water.  

5.    Lastly, add half a teaspoon of Super Blue powder to 1/4 bucket of water, stir in and then submerge the tail.  Swish the water over and around the tail (the water will be royal blue) remove from the bucket and then rinse off with clear water. Here’s a quick video of the Super Blue in action… 

6.    Spin the tail to remove excess water and then apply a mane and tail conditioning spray - we use our Gloss n Go or Super Shine lotion which is a more concentrated barrier lotion.  This not only conditions and makes the tail easy to brush, but also provides a barrier from more urine seeping into the hair before the next wash.

7.    Repeat each day for the first week to maximise results.

8 Top Tips for Spring Grooming

Vicky Goody

Here are some time saving ideas for both the clipped and unclipped horses to keep them looking and feeling tip top during the Spring shedding season!

1.  Use barrier sprays to help repel the wet and mud.  A good coat sheen spray will double up and do the job.  Spray onto clean dry legs before turning out.  You will find that brushing off is so much easier as well as keeping a barrier between them and the muck!  Better than covering up their legs with boots and wraps that get heavy with mud and water, and can cause rubbing and discomfort over a long daily period.

2.  If you use rugs for turnout, this in itself will help keep some of the mud off, but there will always be more to find and remove and generally the head and ears are the worse offenders!  The Super Groomer from Smart Grooming is a super effective pad that will groom away all the dried mud around sensitive areas, around eyes and all the places that mud just clings too!  This can be used all year round, whether for mud removal or for using wet for shampooing and massaging in shampoo. It is quick and effective and won’t break the bank either.

3.  Use the stiffer types of grooming brushes such as the Borstiq Arenga for getting the real thick dried mud off, or try a curry comb to break the caked mud up first, good on the larger flatter areas.

4. Grooming gloves are a great way of keeping your hands clean and giving the horse a good all over groom to remove excess hair, grease and mud.  This is a very satisfying way to check over the horse by feeling any lumps or bumps as you groom. We like using Hands On Gloves.

5  If you need even more help with shedding, then the EzeeGroom will really get out vast amounts of coat very quickly and easily.  A simple yet effective solution to removing quantity of hair as well as giving your horse a good old massage too.  Very effective in removing dirt and dander and great to use after clipping to remove clipped hair as well as the grease that goes with it.

6. Keeping on top of hair heels and legs is so much easier if you can clip these areas.  Not only will it leave a neat tidy finish, but will make it easier to treat any areas that might be sore too.  Although some owners will like to leave feathers on in full, this does mean much more dedicated care to the leg area to check for hidden problems.  A good product to check out and use on both clipped and hairy legs is Keratex Mud Fever Powder.  Just shake on and massage in, this will also give protection from really wet and soggy conditions.

7.   Use a stain remover for a quick clean and fix without having to give a full blown bath if the weather is chilly.  A quick spray to a dodgy stain with Smart Grooming Polar White, leave for 2 minutes and then wipe off with warm water and sponge will smarten up in an instant.

8.  Hot clothing is a fabulous way to finish after a good all over grooming session.  This will remove any further surface dust and dirt and add to the final shine.  Just use a quarter of a bucket of hot water (must be a bearable temperature for your hands and your horses’ skin!) and then put 4 or 5 drops of Smart Grooming’s Super Shine into the water.  Get a flannel and dunk in the bucket, and then wring out.  Apply to all the coat or areas as needed.  Will bring back instant shine to dull coats as well as giving a final clean without too much water being needed.