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post #1 of 18 Old 04-28-2011, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Does your horse's mane and tail lack length?
Do you have a horse who has an embarrasing mane or tail?
Or have you just messed up their mane or tail?
Your not alone!
My horse Cody had all three of the problems listed above.
I had cut his mane and tail very short in Spring of 2010.
Over the summer his mane hadnt been growing very much so I decided in the fall to try a experiement to make his mane and tail grow long.
Now a year later since I cut his mane, he has the longest mane and tail since I have owned him in 2004.
So do you want to acheive the long mane and tail?
Here it is;
  1. If its warm where you live, wash your horse's Mane and tail. Make sure to use more than a handfull of conditioner on the tail and a handfull of conditioner on the mane. Make sure to rinse very well.
  2. Comb the mane and tail with a paddle brush. Make sure to brush the ends first and work your way up for both the mane and tail. This prevents the hairs from being damaged.
  3. After you have throughly combed the mane and tail its time to cut the dead ends off. Dead ends will not allow the mane or tail to grow.
  4. Wait for the mane and tail to dry then comb again. Now you will being to braid. For the Mane you need to began the braid from the mid length of each strand, make sure you braid loose braids because if you braid tightly you are only damaging the hairs. For the Tail braids first you need to find were the tailbone ends. Then you need to braid loosely from the end of the tailbone slowly increasing the tightness as you go down. After you are done braiding the tail put the braided part of the tail in a tail bag.
  5. Repeat braiding for the Mane every 3-5 days.
  6. Every 4-6 weeks you need to repeat steps 1-4.
Things I recomend you to use or do;
  1. I recomend for the shampoo and conditioner you use Mane n' Tail because in studys it has been show to increase growth over time. The cheapest place to buy this at is the beauty product at walmart.
  2. For the Mane Braids I recomend you use small ruber bands. You can buy them at dollar general for a $1.
  3. Tail bags can be bought the cheapest online.
I will try to upload some pictures this weekend of Codys mane and tail before and after pictures.
I hope everyone trys this because for me it actually worked.
If you have any questions ro concerns just post and Ill answer!

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post #3 of 18 Old 04-28-2011, 08:27 PM
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I was actualy about to post some thing asking about this. Thanks.

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post #4 of 18 Old 04-28-2011, 08:32 PM
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I have followed this exact routine with my filly for about 3 months now:) It's going very well and I am pleased with the improvements.

Only thing I haven't done is cut off the dead ends of her mane. Any suggestions on how to do that without it looking like they have been cut??

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post #5 of 18 Old 04-28-2011, 08:41 PM
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What do you mean by "clip off the dead ends"? How does that help mane growth?

I just put my horse's mane up in braids today, both to help keep her cool and grow some hair. Her mane is longish but thins halfway down.
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post #6 of 18 Old 04-28-2011, 09:06 PM
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Sadly, I can't do maintenence braids for caleb in either his mane or tail, (which have both unfortunately gotten shorter) partly because in the summer it's too buggy for his primary defences to be limited in such a way and secondly, the Canadians would have a field day chewing off the braids (then his mane/tail would *really* be shorter.

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post #7 of 18 Old 04-28-2011, 11:00 PM
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Cutting off the dead ends really does help, I've talked to several hairdressers and they all say routine trims are the best for the hair. For the tail one hairdresser said not to use elastics as they can pull hair out, she said to use a ponytail holder for a person but with no metal on it. As for making the hair not look cut it'll take some tries to find out what you like best, I bang my horses tail and for her mane I cut upwards and it looks really sloppy but then I pull it till it's even. Hope that helps, happy growing!!

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I had to weigh in on this one as I have some experience in theane department.
1. Your horse can only grow as much mane as genetics allow
2. Keeping it clean and conditioned is great advice. Dirty, dry hair breaks more easily causing a shorter, thinner mane.
3. Trimming the dead, sunbleached, or dried out ends does nothing for growth - it stops breakage from the cuticle stripping off.
4. I never use rubber bands, they cause breakage too. I only use coated *metal free* hair elastics.
5. I braid tightly because I don't want my horse to get hung up on something & tear his hair out. I vary the sectioning each time to prevent damage.
6. I like to use Lycra tubes for braiding and then put a sock over it. Tube sock for the tail kids tube socks for the mane. *tip- turn the socks inside out to prevent sock fuzz from getting into the hair.

I don't use mane & tail because I think it is full of waxes which it leaves on the hair. You need to have a selection of shampoos that work with different hair types and different levels of water softness/ minerals. I also recommend using good leave in conditioner/ detangler as well as one of the detangler/ shine products.

One way to cut mane hair that looks much better than scissors and doesn't thing hair like pulling is to take a fraught comb and clipper. Pull the comb through the hair to the point where you want to cut then with the clipper bade end up and facing the horse, simply clip the hair. You can then take a scissor and "V" into some of the ends to make it look more natural.
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I actually used tube socks for my horses tail while he was in pasture (with other horses including mouthy two year olds).... we have gotten considerable growth (three to six inches on the groud depending on how uncurled his tail is from being braided). I leave it in the tail sock but wash, condition, and hair dryer dry it every two weeks or slightly less. I never brush the tail. I always hand comb it.

For the mane, I have been spraying a mix of conditioner and water on it every time I see him (four days a week)... I spray both the top side and the under side in four sprays making vertical lines in his mane... then I wipe the lines down the hairs so the mixture covers the mane.... it looks great... I also spray extra on the spot along his neck that he sticks through a fence to eat the grass on the other side of the fence.... so far, softer has prevented him from entirely going bald in that spot.

Over the tube sock, I have begun applying a tail bag that has "hair" so he can swish flys.... it is sturdy and a bit on the long side.... I remove both for rainy weather.

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You can trim the dead ends off by using a shearing scissor, which you can buy at any beauty salon or walmart. This makes the mane look more natural other than the cut straight across look.
For the rubber bands, if you want you can also use minature pony tail holders for the mane and a regular pony tail holder for the tail.
I have been using Mane n' Tail my whole life on my horse's and I have never had a problem with it. I have actually used it on my hair before and it grew super fast!

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