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Witches knots (also known as fairy knots) are those awful twisted knots that happen in a horse’s mane. I have two horses that get them something awful. The one, I just cut his mane and it grows back every year. The other one is Clancy, a 20 month old stud colt (he hasn’t figured that out the stud part yet so don’t tell him 🤫), he has the most gorgeous mane that I refuse to cut. Mostly because his dam has an incredibly thin mane and a tail that won’t grow past her hocks.
Here I’ll go through the steps I use to get out these knots that plague him and show up overnight sometimes.
Saturate the knots with a detangler (a little usually goes a long way). I like to use vetrolin or cowboy magic detangler, even though they are silicone based and not the best for the hair in the long run, it’s better than pulling out the hair while trying to get these knots out. In a perfect world where it’s not 40 degrees out, I would wash his mane after using this product.
Using your fingers, gently work the detangler down the knots. Once all the knots are saturated start working at the bottom of the knots, seeing what strands of hair you can gently remove from the knot.
After you get the bottom untangled, going up the knot will get easier. You can usually pull small strands from the bigger knot and make the knot easier to come undone.
Once all the knots are removed with your fingers, switch to a regular conditioner and comb the rest of the mane.
As a final step to get the hair to lay flat and to prevent these knots from forming as quickly, I place in a few large braids. I prefer not to band the ends so they can come undone easily.
Clancy is surprised how easy that was!
Let us know how these tips work for you and share any hacks you may have!
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When selecting a rope halter, you want to ensure you select one that will fit your needs. In this article, we’ll explore the several options and their purpose.
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I’m Meghan of Ridge Creek Natural Horsemanship Tack. I started Ridge Creek in January of 2018 to make affordable training halters and lines. My two weanlings were quickly growing and I wanted a very specific halter and line to work them in (and not go broke buying them as they grew out of it). Since I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, I decided to make them! And that was the start of Ridge Creek Tack. I have many more products available than just halters and training lines now and the business has grown beyond my wildest expectations.
A little bit about my little herd!
I have eleven horses, five of which are retired due to old age (oldest is 33, going on 3 😜) or health issues, two yearlings, and four that are suitable for riding. One of the biggest challenges I have is finding the space to ride. I have my horses at home and do not have a proper riding ring so the ground conditions need to be right to get a ride in. You’ll see a few of my horses as models for some of my products. I usually go through what feels like hundreds of pictures to get a good one with their ears up! I’m sure every horse person can relate!
The intention of this blog is to share knowledge, experiences, and anything horse related. I hope to have several guest writers featured as to gain a variety of viewpoints. I would like to write about training ideas, training tools, horse health, and so much more with the occasional dose of humor!
If you’d like to shop any products we’ve mentioned, head over to ridgecreektack.com. And if you’re interested in being a guest writer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope you enjoy!