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The best mane and tail detanglers to keep your horse looking lustrous


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  • The best mane and tail detanglers for horses are an essential part of a grooming kit, especially if your horse is due to visit a show ring. They usually come in spray form, but there are serum products available, too. Whatever form they come in, they should be easy to apply and keep the mane and tail hair tangle free for as a long as possible. Maintaining a knot-free mane and tail not only looks smart, but will help your horse’s hair stay healthy and in good condition, which will reduce breakage. Some detangling sprays can also be used as a coat spray – they should not attract dust or leave the hair greasy, but can be used to help to repel dirt.

    Best mane and tail detanglers for horses

    Cavalor Star Shine

    Cavalor Star Shine

    Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £17 for 500ml | Review: 10/10 |

    This long-lasting hair conditioner from Cavalor can be used to maintain a knot-free mane and tail, and give a brightening gleam to your horse’s coat.

    This Cavalor detangler was reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme and scored 10/10read the full review.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk or amazon.co.uk
    In the US? View now at chewy.com

    Absorbine ShowSheen Hair Polish & Detangler

    Absorbine ShowSheen Hair Polish & Detangler

    Sizes: 946ml | RRP: £18.82 |

    This formula from Absorbine works as both a coat spray and detangler. It contains pro-vitamins to condition the skin and coat, plus silk proteins to strengthen the hair and give it a healthy shine. Applying it to the coat helps to repel dust, keep him clean for longer and help reduce static. The sprayer head that allows targeted application with vertical or horizontal spray patterns and sprays upside down for those hard-to-reach areas.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or rideawaystore.com
    In the US? View now at chewy.com

    Carr & Day & Martin Canter Mane & Tail

    Carr & Day & Martin Canter Mane & Tail

    Sizes: 500ml, 1l, 5l | RRP: £11.70 for 500ml |

    This powerful detangler from Carr & Day & Martin makes light work of managing your horses mane and tail, leaving it soft and tangle-free. A long-lasting conditioner, this spray makes grooming quicker and easier, reduces hair breakage and leaves an oil-free shine.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk, amazon.co.uk or rideawaystore.com
    In the US? View now at amazon.com

    Leovet 5Star Detangler

    Leovet 5Star Detangler

    Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £10.95 | Review: 8/10 |

    This Leovet spray promotes easy combing of the mane and tail, while protecting from dust and dirt for several days. It contains wheat pentavitin, which stops itching, prevents dry skin and moisturises, and pro-vitamin B5 to encourage healthy, shiny, soft and voluminous hair. It also contains arginine, which stimulates hair growth.

    This Leovet detangler was reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme and scored 8/10read the full review.

    View now at viovet.co.uk, amazon.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    Cowboy Magic Detangler and Shine

    Cowboy Magic Detangler and Shine

    Sizes: 4oz, 16oz, 32oz | RRP: £44.78 for 16oz (approx 472ml) |

    This product from Cowboy Magic might seem expensive, but it’s highly concentrated so you shouldn’t need to use much. It contains silk protein and panthenol for a great shine and pure conditioning. It can be used on wet or dry hair to restore moisture, strengthen the hair and protect against UV rays.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk, amazon.co.uk or rideawaystore.com
    In the US? View now at chewy.com

    Equine America Silky Tail Detangler

    Equine America Silky Tail Detangler

    Sizes: 1l | RRP: £15.99 |

    Mane, tail and coat shine spray with a highly effective dust and dirt repellent action. The newly developed silicone oil microemulsion makes the hair soft and naturally shiny. The hair is tangle free and easy to comb, it keeps its volume without feeling artificial. The powerful dust and dirt repellent action and tangle free effect lasts for several days. Dermatologically tested and approved, for intensive but gentle care.

    In the UK? View now at equine-america.co.uk or amazon.co.uk

    Smart Grooming Tame the Mane

    Smart Grooming Tame the Mane

    Sizes: 500ml, 2.5l | RRP: £14.95 for 500ml | Review: 8/10 |

    As the name suggests, this spray from Smart Grooming tames and conditions manes and tails, leaving them easy to manage and helping to keep the mud away. It can also be used to help manage thick feathers. It dries quickly and doesn’t attract the dust. It also gives definition and holds the mane in place, enhancing the natural look of a full mane.

    This Smart Grooming detangler was reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme and scored 8/10read the full review.

    View now at equus.co.uk or amazon.co.uk

    Nettex Mane & Tail Detangler

    Nettex Mane & Tail Detangler

    Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £11.45 | Review: 8/10 |

    This non-oily formula from Nettex effortlessly detangles manes and tails, sealing the hair to discourage further knots from forming, which helps to prevent breakage. It also helps to repel dust and dirt, with one application lasting up to seven days.

    This Nettex detangler was reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme and scored 8/10read the full review.

    View now at viovet.co.uk or amazon.co.uk

    Hy Equestrian Magic Sheen Detangler Serum

    Hy Equestrian Magic Sheen Detangler Serum

    Sizes: 200ml | RRP: £14.50 |

    This serum formula from Hy effectively detangles, nourishes and conditions manes and tails, leaving the hair feeling more hydrated. It also leaves a long-lasting shine for that show ring finish.

    View now at viovet.co.uk, amazon.co.uk or equus.co.uk

    NAF Silky Mane & Tail D-Tangler

    NAF Silky Mane & Tail D-Tangler

    Sizes: 750ml, 2.5l | RRP: £10.99 for 750ml | Review: 7/10 |

    This NAF conditioning spray keeps manes and tails free of tangles, feeling smooth and looking shiny. It leaves a non-greasy, non-sticky natural shine that doesn’t attract dust and allows mud to be easily brushed from hair.

    This NAF detangler was reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme and scored 7/10read the full review.

    View now at viovet.co.uk, amazon.co.uk or sportsdirect.com

    Shires Ezi-Groom Mane & Tail Detangling Spray

    Shires Ezi-Groom Mane & Tail Detangling Spray

    Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £9.99 |

    This spray from Shires contains a conditioning blend of ingredients to help remove tangles from the mane and tail with ease. It contains silicone to help the brush slip through the hair and can be used on wet or dry hair, or feathers. It reduces static and can be used during styling to make the hair softer and easier to work with.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or equus.co.uk

    Pommel Velvet spray

    Pommel Velvet spray

    Sizes: 450ml | RRP: £19.99 |

    This two-in-one natural detangler and stain remover from Pommel is made with sweet orange, aloe, spearmint and ginger root oil. It cleans stubborn stains and detangles hairs, while also stimulating growth where hair has been rubbed away.

    View now at viovet.co.uk or amazon.co.uk

    Science Supplements Mane & Tail Detangler

    Science Supplements Mane & Tail Detangler

    Sizes: 750ml | RRP: £12.99 |

    This long-lasting leave-in spray conditioner from Science Supplements has a quick antistatic and powerful detangling effect helps keep the mane and tail soft and tangle free. It contains aloe vera, pro-vitamin B5 and wheat protein to provide optimal moisture balance and coat quality. Packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastics.

    View now at viovet.co.uk

    Straight Arrow Original Mane ‘n’ Tail Detangler spray

    Straight Arrow Original Mane ‘n’ Tail Detangler spray

    Sizes: 16oz, 32oz, 1gal | RRP: £13.20 for 16oz |

    Described as ideal for hard to comb hair, this pH-balanced formula from Straight Arrow helps eliminate tangles and knots and the appearance of dry split ends. It conditions the hair and helps to keep it manageable for grooming and plaiting. It works on wet or dry hair and can help to achieve and maintain longer, healthier manes and tails.

    In the UK? View at viovet.co.uk or amazon.co.uk
    In the US? View at chewy.com

    Supreme Products Detangle & Shine

    Supreme Products Detangle & Shine

    Sizes: 500ml, 5l | RRP: £14.85 for 500ml |

    This Supreme Products spray will keep manes and tails tangle free and ring ready throughout the season. It’s also described as particularly handy in winter and for use on natives and traditionals.

    View now at viovet.co.uk, amazon.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    Veredus Super Sheen

    Veredus Super Sheen

    Sizes: 1l | RRP: £16 |

    This long-lasting spray from Veredus gives a deep shine and keeps the mane and tail soft for more than two weeks, preventing tangling. It creates a protective film to prevent the collection of dirt and does not have a sticky or greasy residue.

    View now at viovet.co.uk or amazon.co.uk

    WildWash Equine Detangle spray

    WildWash Equine Detangle spray

    Sizes: 300ml | RRP: £19.95 |

    Made with camellia, rose and chamomile, this WildWash spray is natural, made in England and carries the cruelty-free logo. The ingredients detangle and help to reconstruct damaged hair tissue, while providing nourishment and promoting condition.

    View now at amazon.co.uk

    Mastacare Mane and Tail Spray

    Mastacare mane and tail spray

    Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £11.29 |

    This Mastacare spray adds shine and helps to detangle hair, leaving it feeling silky and well-conditioned, and protected from breakage.

    This Mastacare detangler was reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme and scored 6/10read the full review.

    Equine Products Mane & Tail Detangler

    Equine Products Mane & Tail Detangler

    Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £12.48 |

    This spray from Equine Products aims to keep the mane and tail sleek, soft and tangle free to help reduce breakage, while also repelling dirt.

    Hawkins Organic ‘Eau De Neigh’ grooming and detangling spray

    Hawkins Organic ‘Eau De Neigh’ grooming and detangling spray

    Sizes: 250ml, 500ml, 1l, 2.5l, 5l | RRP: £12.95 for 500ml |

    This natural and organic spray from Hawkins Organic contains organic peppermint essential oil, which is known for its antibacterial and cleansing properties, as well as coconut, which nourishes the hair. The formula quickly absorbs dust and adds an all-round shine if you’re short on time.


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