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    02-12-2012, 01:28 AM
Arabian mane wants to dreadlock

I have an Egyptian Arabian that I take care of and I am fed up with her mane. I have to oil and comb it everyday. If you miss a day on grooming the next day she is a Rhasta horse. With at least three full fledged dreadlocks in her mane. Cutting it is not an option her owners wont allow anything that will shorten it. I have threatened to bring to flat iron to the barn and straighten her mane. I am going to try some maintenance braids to try and control it so I don't do anymore damage to her super long mane by constantly combing it out. Do ya'll have any other ideas on how to control it???
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    02-12-2012, 02:19 AM
She's a cute little chunky monkey :)
Put it in loose plats or a running braid. Lot of leave in conditioner. My arab's the same, I gave up brushing it all the time and just condition it well and comb through the dreadlocks with my fingers.
    02-12-2012, 02:38 AM
She's pretty!
Its too bad you can't just chop it all off &start over.
But definently braid &condition it. And if you can thin/pull it without making it shorter, try that too.
    02-12-2012, 02:59 AM
That is kinda what I was thinking... lose plats. And yes she definitely is a chunky one. She is a 10 year old filly and a real sweetheart. She hasnt been ridden in 3 years so all winter I have been doing ground work with her. Going to wait till its nice and muddy this spring before I try to ride her. Don't think she will do anything but ya never know so mud makes for a softer landing. She just doesnt know anything but she is definitely willing to learn.
    02-12-2012, 08:25 AM
Mane and Tail has a spray conditioner/detangler that works wonders on my gelding's mane, and it always wants to make witch's knots!
    02-12-2012, 10:44 AM
Dreadlocks/witch's knots

As you can see, Lady bug has mane left to spare. If I don't groom it regularly, she gets a lot of witch's knots in it. Her tail too. During the summer, I split it in half and do a running braid on both sides of her neck, but I leave it alone during the winter. I really need to keep it braided all of the time. I often wonder how long it would get, if I did keep braids in it all of the time, if this is how long it is left alone.
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