I love when I find a diy recipe for my horses. And I love it even more when it works! Because, let’s face it, sometimes the homemade version is not as good as something you can buy in the store.
Well I am happy to report to you, this recipe is AMAZING!
Why Try A Homemade Tail Serum?
I found this recipe on Pinterest, via The Savvy Horsewoman. She has so many fun and easy DIY recipes on her website. If you haven’t heard of her before, you should really check her out. She also has an Etsy store where you can buy different things, including a book that she has put together with a bunch of recipes that you can make your own ‘horsey’ products.
But I digress. One day when I was mindlessly searching through Pinterest, I cam across this tail serum over and over again. And it always took me back to her article.
And since Frisby has a super thin tail that he loves to rub (he isn’t wormy, he just loves to rub his butt) I decided to give this tail serum a try. And I can tell you, it works. I have not found any product that I can buy that works as good as this stuff does. And not only does it help with the itchiness, but it makes both of my horses tails look and feel incredible.
It also works better than any detangler I have tried, including the Stubben Brush On that I love. So I guess I just need to buy the oils, instead of spending money on fancy horse products. Because I am finding that homemade can be better than store bought.
Homemade Tail Serum Recipe
Now I have played with this recipe a little bit to suit my needs. But if you want to find the original recipe, you can go to Savvy Horsewoman and see her original recipe. But here is my version…
What You Need:
- 4 Ounces Castor Oil
- 3 Ounces Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 1 Ounce Neem Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Frankincense Essential Oil
To buy all of these ingredients will cost you right around $30.00 on Amazon. Yes, that is a lot, BUT you will be able to make at least 3 bottles of this tail serum for that one time purchase. So it really is more affordable to make this for yourself, even if you are only using it as a detangler.
All you do is mix the oils together in a pump action bottle, and then add in the essential oils. And I was very fortunate, the fractionated coconut oil I bough already had a pump on it, so it was perfect for my recipe! I just had to find something else to put the rest of the coconut oil in.
It is really important to use the fractionated coconut oil, because it stays liquid all the time. If you try to use regular coconut oil, it will not stay in a liquid form, and you will end up with a big mess.
And the neem oil does not smell good at all. But, it has antiseptic qualities, and is a natural bug repellent, along with having the benefit of nourishing the hair and encouraging growth. So for me, these benefits outweigh the stink. But if you have a sensitive nose, you may want to wear gloves when you are applying it.
How To Use DIY Tail Serum
Once you have everything mixed together, you may want to label your bottle. I did, just in case someone else is in your barn, and not sure what this concoction is, the label will leave no doubt.
When you are applying the oil, be sure to get down to the tail bone. Put some of the oil on your fingertips and massage it down to the tail bone. I also put some in my hands, and work it all through the tail.
It gives a really nice shine, and it works fantastic as a detangler. When I do this, and then brush out their tails, the brush glides through really easy, and the brushing helps to distribute the oil throughout the tail.
I have been applying the oil 3 times a week, and I am already seeing results. Not as far as saying their tails are already longer, but they look beautiful. And this recipe does not make the tail look greasy, or oily. It gives a very nice, natural looking shine.
And Frisby isn’t rubbing his tail now either. When I go out and feed in the morning, his tail is still laying down, and isn’t looking like a teased and ratted mess. Which is the biggest reason of why I wanted to try this out.
I even made a video showing me making the magic potion, if you are more of a visual learner.
I am so impressed with this recipe! It really works, and I am anxious to see how it works after using it for a few months. I may still buy the Stubben Brush On from time to time, because I love the way it smells. But no more searching for an incredible detangler that works, because I can make it myself.
Which is why I wanted to share this with you. If you have been searching for a great product to use on your horse, or if his tail is rather lackluster and needing some attention, you should try making this for yourself. I am very confident you will love it!