Let’s face it, valuable barn time should not be wasted trying to get knots out of your horse’s hair.

Grab a few ingredients, break out your crafty side, and save yourself the future hassle!

This DIY mane and tail detangler will not only assist you in getting rid of existing knots, but will also help you to prevent them in the future.

Below there are two different recipes for you to try out; make one or make both, but either way, make your life a whole lot easier.

DIY Mane & Tail Detangler 

Recipe #1


  • Rosemary essential oils 
  • Argan oil
  • Alcohol-Free witch hazel 
  • Funnel 
  • Spray bottle 


  1. Measure out 4 fluid ounces of argan oil and put into spray bottle using the funnel.
  2. Add 30-40 drops of rosemary essential oil, or another essential oil of your liking. Oils that are horse-safe can be found at the bottom of this article.
  3. Fill the rest of the spray bottle with witch hazel, using the funnel. (Helpful hint! Witch hazel can also help with itchy manes and tails!)
  4. Shake well.

Recipe #2


  • Vegetable glycerin 
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Lavender essential oil (or another horse-safe choice that you like)
  • Distilled water 
  • Spray bottle 
  • Funnel 


  1. Measure out 1 cup of vegetable glycerin and add to spray bottle using the funnel.
  2. Measure out ½ cup of vitamin E oil and add to spray bottle. 
  3. Add 30-40 drops of essential oils.
  4. Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. 
  5. Shake well.

Are you on a barn budget? Or maybe you’re just not great at following recipes.

For those of you that love the idea of making your own detangler but don’t have the time or patience, I have a little secret; coconut oil is your new best friend. You can find this at basically any grocery store and the benefits are literally unreal. Although the recipes listed above will have a more rapid response to detangling, coconut oil can seriously aid in the overall health of your horse’s mane and tail.

Add this to your daily regimen, along with your new DIY detangler and some DIY show sheen, and you’ll soon have the shiniest steed in the stables!