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When it comes to my horses manes and tails I like to pride myself in keeping them trimmed, pulled and looking clean even through the winter months. This is helped as they are stabled horses so it makes it easier for me to keep them clean. I've done a few reviews on various shampoos mainly on shampoos for grey horses as two of my horses have grey and white tails. When my horses are not out competing which now I'm pregnant they are having a year off and just having standard exercise I don't wash their tails as much but when I do I like their tails looking their best as well as their manes.
One product I have been using for well over 10 years on all my horses past and present is Carr & Day & Martin's Canter Mane and Tail conditioner which I personally find the best conditioning spray on the market which is good value as some conditioning sprays can be quite expensive.
Canter mane and tail spray comes in a white bottle with a pink label showing the Carr & Day & Martin's logo together with the product name. The packaging certainly hasn't changed over the years, as long as I can remember it has always come in a white spray bottle the only thing to change has been the label which although is the same colour it has just been slightly updated. It has been the winner of Your Horse magazine 'Best Product' award for 6 years, as voted by readers and BETA 'Test of Time' award 2005.
Canter mane and tail conditioner is a milky white liquid which when sprayed comes out in a fine mist. It is an effective detangler which makes grooming a tail (and mane) incredibly easy especially if your horse has a thick tail as one of mine does. Canter mane and tail can be applied to both wet and dry tails and manes but I find it is more effective on wet tails and manes and it also seems to last longer this way although they do say it will last up to 2 weeks which although I find my horses tails and manes are soft and easier to groom I personally don't find it lasts 2 weeks probably about a week is more realistic. Since using the conditioner the manes and tails are definitely in better condition which is due to reduced hair breakage.
To apply the conditioner is really easy if you have washed the tail (and/ or mane) ensure the shampoo is thoroughly washed out and shake the tail to get the excess water out. Simply spray the canter mane and tail spray directly onto the tail, try and get an even coverage, separating the tail if you need to. Once done simply get your comb or brush and gently brush through - it doesn't need rinsing out. The result is a wonderfully silky tail which when dry is incredibly easy to manage and groom. Manes are a lot easier to keep groomed but it's still great to brush a mane and have no knots in it! I find that both the mane and tail stay really soft for quite sometime even if after a week or so you do start to find a few tangles. Another good thing is that it doesn't leave an oily residue as some conditioners can.
This spray has never failed to provide a tangle free mane and tail on all my horses and for the one with a dark tail and mane it gives a lovely shine which does seem to last a long time. The spray does have a fragrance to it and it is mainly of citronella which is a great bonus when used in the summer as it helps repel the flies.
Canter Mane and Tail Conditioner is available at all good equine retailers and online. It comes in one size (500ml) and as far as I am aware they don't do refills. It can be purchased for around £6.00 a bottle and this does vary so can be slightly cheaper or more expensive.