Answering your hottest questions! Without fail, when I post a picture of my girls with a lamb I always get asked how do we get our shag so big. I don't believe in keeping secrets and try to help anyone we can. I thought some of you might find it useful if I shared our exact care routine and the products we use.
Products We Use for our lamb shag
- A set of horse polo wraps
- Infusium or ProHair
- Mane & Tail Conditioner or Conditioning Cream
- Mini Fluffer
- Hair Moisturizer mixed with Kleen Sheen or ProSheen
- Shapley's MTG
Early Leg Care
Leg care starts as soon as our lambs come home. The first time we thoroughly wash them with a quality livestock shampoo, our favorite Sullivan's Rejuvinate. Once they are clean, we apply a conditioner and gently brush down through the hair with a Mini Fluffer. The Mini Fluffer has wide-spaced teeth which work perfectly for untangling hair.
Once we have worked the conditioner in we, usually let it stand for ten minutes to soften the hair and truly condition it. As soon as this is done, we rinse the hair very thoroughly. Ensure you have removed all traces of conditioner or the product will build up and itch. This can result in rubbing and even hair loss if left extended amounts of time.
Next, we blow the hair dry, blowing downward to both train the hair to lay the right direction and ensure we don't re-tangle the hair. Once it is dry, we apply a generous amount of Infusium 23 or Pro Hair, which we gently rub in to completely cover the hair. We do let them air dry as long as possible, so the hair has a chance to absorb as much of the magic potion as possible. Sometimes we will place them in front of a fan for faster drying.
This is the point we will wrap the legs with the polo wraps found here. I really like these because they don't have too much give causing them to get too tight. They also breathe well and are a perfect length for lambs.
I also found a video tutorial on wrapping horse legs you can follow (my inner horse person figured this was the easiest way to show you). The only changes I make from what the video says is I do not start in the middle of the leg. I start right below the knee, and I usually try to cover the lower half of the knee to prevent those ugly rubs.
Remember when you open your leg wraps they will be rolled the wrong direction. Unroll them and stick the velcro together. Then re-roll the leg wrap in that same direction, and they will work correctly when you wrap your legs.
Don't get frustrated; you are going to have leg wraps come off; it's a fact of life. Just adjust how tightly you are wrapping them and the amount of overlap you are using between each wrap.
Intense Summer Care
Once the kids are out of school, our haircare significantly intensifies. We break the lambs into two groups and alternate days, every lamb gets their legs done a minimum of three days a week.
On their day the lamb will have their leg wraps removed and has their legs rinsed for several minutes with cold water. I do believe this is important, much like it is to cattle hair growth I think it plays a role in stimulating the leg wool. Once we are done we blow the leg dry, pointing to the ground. We follow the same steps of Pro Hair, drying and wrapping as previously mentioned. Once a week we also give them a good spray of the Hair Moisturizer and Kleen Sheen or ProSheen mixture, the moisturizer is magical stuff in our dry climate!
In the summer we typically deep condition once a week. Occasionally you will get one that gets a little funk from all the TLC. I've found the Shapley's M-T-G works great. You can even use it to grow hair although I find it pretty dirty to use regularly.
I hope you find this useful and maybe a few tips to try yourself. If you have any special tips of your own please leave them here in the comments!