The Burr Battle

The Burr Battle

Every season presents its own challenges for horse owners. The Fall hails the Burr Battle. In the Fall horse’s manes, forelocks and tails can become packed with burrs if the owner has neglected the weeding of burdocks or Artica lappa.

Our summer was spent haying, fencing, and installing a water line to the run-in-shed. As a result the horses were moved out of their regular field and the burdocks ran wild.

Burrs in Tangle Wrangler Brush

Sketch of a horse with burrs in mane and forelock

Star with Burr Loaf

When the horses were returned to the field in the Fall, Star appeared with a loaf of burrs in his forelock, mane and tail. Thankfully I had a full bottle of Cowboy Magic Detangler and my trusty Tangle Wrangler Brush

Cowboy Magic Grooming Detangler and Shine


I worked the Cowboy Magic Detangler into the forelock, mane and tail and slid the burrs out easily with the Tangle Wrangler brush. I love the way the brush picks up the burrs and I can avoid getting those nasty hooks in my skin. 


Cashel Orange Ears2

The Crusader Fly Mask, with its patented three-hole cap eliminates forelock damage and ensures comfort with its unique design that stays put while your horse is stalled or turned out in the pasture. Soft coated nylon micro mesh blocks 70% of the sun’s damaging UV rays and protects the sensitive, soft tissues of the eyes and forehead. Our Star ended up with a burr piece in his eye. During treatment,and after, we used this mask to protect Star’s eyes from burrs. The added advantage of the high visibility ears is great during the hunting season. The thick screening was excellent protection for his eyes. This is a superior quality mask. Click here for more information

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