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Thanks so much for all the advice. The only grooming tools I have are a slicker and a rake, so I will go to the pet store tomorrow and get a mat removing comb and some Cowboy Magic. I will do my best to get it out,working on it a little at a time, but if it is torturing Maya I'll cut it and just try to cut it with the least damage possible. I appreciate all the great tips.
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My horse's tail grows naturally into dreadlocks which is a pain. Cowboy Magic works well but if you want something super good...try a horse product called show sheen. It has silicone in it so it's super slippery and the hair will slip right out. I've used it before on matts and such. Or big snarls in my horse's tail before a horse show. The only thing is you don't want to use it all the time but for de-matting, it will work great.

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By the way, you want the Cowboy Magic "detangler and shine," not the conditioner or the shampoo. That particular product has dimethicone and cyclomethicone in it, which are both silicones.

I had to order it online to get it. They didn't carry it at the local pet stores. They should have dematting combs, though. Just be careful when you use the comb. You only want to do a tiny section of the mat at a time. If you try to saw through a whole mat from the skin outward, you'll end up pulling on the hair pretty hard and you'll cut a lot of hair you don't have to cut.

Pick through it a bit at a time, from the outer part toward the skin, using the time of a grooming rake, the dematter where necessary, and some kind of conditioner to lubricate it.

If the dog is sensitive to having her tail messed about with, have a partner distract her from the front with a wooden spoon covered with peanut butter, or something equally wonderful. The fridge trick is great if you don't have somebody to help you.
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I found Cowboy Magic products at Southern States a farm store. Great for mats and keeping Chesters butt feathers less frizzie.
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When I adopted Milly she had a lot of matted fur. I used Cowboy Magic Concentrated Detangler and Shine (it comes in a tube), along with Show Sheen (comes in a spray bottle and is made for horses - I wouldn't use that regularly, as it does contain silicone, but it worked better than the Cowboy Magic). I used a rake and a human wide tooth plastic comb, and got out the majority of the mats. It took about 3 weeks to fully get them out, as a few had to grow a little longer. I ended up being able to save a lot of her coat, and only had to cut out a few of them. Wish I'd known about the mat rake back then.

Any horse tack store, feed store, or even tractor supply should sell both products, or you can order them online. Amazon usually has both at good rates. For a dog, I'd get the 4oz Cowboy Magic (it's harder to find the concentrated tube these days, but I suggest that if you can find it), and the smallest bottle of Show Sheen you can get, which will still be entirely too much.

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It is going fairly well getting the mats out. I am very grateful for all the advice! I went to two pet stores, but couldn't find the Cowboy Magic detangler, but I did find the ShowSheen and it is working well. I made the mistake of asking for advice from the Petco groomer and she offered to show me how to use the dematting comb. She got the mat she was working on out, but also cut out A LOT of hair. I thanked her and left as quickly as I could. Since I have gotten home I spent about an hour working on the mats. I've gotten about 5 out so far mostly by using my fingers and the ShowSheen. It is working pretty well. I used the peanut butter on the refrigerator trick, as my husband is out of town for work for a few days. Maya was very calm and happy while licking the peanut butter while I worked. If only I could give her a whole jar of peanut butter, I'm sure we could get all the mats out tonight! I didn't want to upset her stomach, so I smeared a thin layer of p.b. on the fridge twice, then put the p.b. away. I got her a bully stick at the pet store, so then I gave her the bully stick while I worked. She was happy with that for about 30 minutes, then decided she had enough and walked away. So I am giving her a break for now and I'll do some more later. I think I am probably 1/3 to 1/2 done, but I'm not sure. I used some of my hair elastics to keep the hair I had already worked on separate and out of the way. I am definitely grateful for the time I put in with Maya as a young puppy getting her used to being handled. She really didn't seem stressed by my working at all until she decided it had been too long. She excitedly took treats I offered while working. I am relieved that it doesn't seem to bother her much. I am very grateful for the wonderful tips everyone shared. I will definitely do everything I can to make sure this doesn't happen again! I usually am really good about grooming, but slacked off while on vacation at the beach. I did towel dry her every time she got wet, because I was worrying about hot spots, but I didn't brush her. I will be much more careful next time!
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Yay - good work It might take a few more sessions, but you'll like the results way better than a tail with holes in the fur. BTW don't be too hard on yourself; sometimes matts happen.

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Glad the mats are coming out. I just got done working some out of Oakly's butt feathers. He was not happy but let me work them out using one tine of the undercoat rake.

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Cowboy Magic detangler is very good. If that doesnt work then its the old scissors and you may find you wont have to cut too much out, it will grow back before you know it.
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