The pasture has lots of burdock around and my horse seems to find some way of
getting them stuck all over. Is there an easy way to get them out of his mane?
best way to get them out is to use baby oil. It is a fairly inexpensive product
if you buy a generic brand at a discount store. Squirt it on the forelock and
mane where the burdock burrs ten to wad up in the hair when a horse puts his head
down to graze where burdock grows. Then with a pair of leather gloves on your
hands (leather will protect your fingers from the burrs better than cloth and
the leather won't mind the oil) grab a glob of burrs with both hands and rub back
and forth against each other like you were out on a trail ride and had to scrub
your shirt in the creek. The back and forth motion breaks up the burrs into smaller
pieces and pretty soon you'll be able to start fingering through the hair to get
the pieces to drop out.
There are several excellent
"detangler" products on the market for horses but they cost quite a
prevent burrs from getting in there in the first place, take a walk in your pasture
in late summer and early fall. We do this carrying a couple of old feed sacks
and some brush clippers with us and lop off the tops of any burdock plants we
see. Over the years by doing this, we have eradicated the burdock from our pastures.
the meantime, you can routinely apply a detangler during burdock season or you
can use a hair conditioner product. Shampoo the horses mane, forelock and tail.
Rinse very well. Then apply the conditioner. Work it in well, let is sit on the
hair for a couple of minutes to really soak in and then rinse thoroughly. A conditioned
tail will be less apt to hold burrs and it will be easier for you to remove the
few that do attach.
Hope this helps.