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post #1 of 6 Old 02-12-2012, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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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 dont 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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post #2 of 6 Old 02-12-2012, 02:19 AM
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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.
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She's pretty!
Its too bad you cant 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.

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-12-2012, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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That is kinda what I was thinking... lose plats. And yes she definitly 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. Gonna wait till its nice and muddy this spring before I try to ride her. Dont 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.

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post #5 of 6 Old 02-12-2012, 08:25 AM
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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!
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-12-2012, 10:44 AM
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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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