The Sunday Review: Vetrolin


This week I’m diving into a grooming item often found in my tack box.

I present Farnam’s Vetrolin Detangler.


This detangler is a clear, thick, viscous liquid containing silicones to help remove tangles without having to rip out hair.  I use it on the horses’ manes and tails and love the smell of it.  I particularly use it right before my farrier (and vet too) arrives and they appreciate it.

When using Vetrolin I find the hair stays softer longer.  The product really holds on to the hair fibers to give it a smoother shinier look.

A little really goes a long way with Vetrolin.  You only need about a quarter-sized amount to do the tail, maybe a little more for thicker tails.

Vetrolin is safe for use on dogs too if you have a wild-haired puppers like Bardi.



  • Effective:  This product really works.
  • Great Smell
  • Made in the USA
  • A little goes a long way.  This bottle lasts me a very long time.  I don’t have an exact timeframe in mind but I haven’t purchased anything in about 6 months.  That said I don’t use many products aside from brushes through the winter months.  You might go through it more quickly (or slowly) depending on how often you use it and how much you need.


  • No ingredient list.  Farnam keeps its proprietary blend secret so there’s no way of knowing what’s really in it.
  • Slippery: Because it works so well some of the silicones will be left on your hands.  If you’re planning to ride right away without gloves the reins might slip pretty easily (ask me how I know).

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  • For The Tail: Start with a quarter-sized amount and begin at the bottom of the tail.  work your way up the tail.  Make sure to get the hairs close to the tail bone also.  I work this product in like when I condition my own hair in the shower.  When you brush, also start from the bottom and work your way up as you loosen up the knots.
  • When brushing the tail, grab a section of the tail with your free hand so you aren’t pulling on the horse…just the section you’re holding.
  • Don’t use too much detangler on the mane, particularly the forelock (Well I suppose you can if you have a horse with a thick forelock).  Blade’s forelock wasn’t very robust so the detangler made him look scrappy.
  • I like to use this product once or twice a week (in spring/summer/fall).
  • If you’re planning to ride, bring riding gloves or plan to wash your hands to remove the silicones and prevent the reins from slipping.
  • Use this while you’re waiting for your farrier.  He/She will appreciate having a more pleasant smell while trimming the back legs.



The horse grooming market is flooded with mane/tail care products.  I admit I currently own about 3 separate brands.  Some similar options you might have heard of include:

  • Eqyss Survivor Super Detangler Shine
  • Mane ‘n’ Tail Detangler
  • Mane’ly Long Hair Polisher andDetangler
  • Show Sheen Hair Polish and Detangler
  • Cowboy Magic Detangler and Shine

Final Word:

Farnam’s Vetrolin Detangler is among my favorite grooming products for removing tangles.  I like the smell, it works well, and I find it affordable.  Normally the 12oz bottle retails for around $20 but you can often find some decent sales.  Your local tack store is likely your best source of finding it but if you have trouble finding it use my affiliate link to below.

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  1. Its a shame it doesn’t tell you what’s in it. I had a little giggle at ask you how you know its so slippery. I made the mistake of using a conditioner in my horses mane right before a show, have you ever tried plating it makes for interesting results before during &

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