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post #1 of 8 Old 01-17-2010, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Attempting to fix my horses mane.

Long story short, I did a crap job pulling it. It has looked horrible for months I'm waiting for a certain part to be long enough again to attempt at pulling one last time.
When we bought him it looked like his mane was cut straight across with scissors it was really bizzare looking.
I pulled it and it looks so bad.
Why? I accidentally pulled it uneven, way to short in one spot in comparison to the rest of the mane.
What doesn't help is there is a cowlick going up his neck at the part that I accidentally made two short, so it sticks up!
My mom is horrified by the thought of roaching it.

So we took the two short part of his mane that sticks up and put it into braids, hoping that it would help the mane eventually set better on his neck.

Here are my questions:
1.) Are we on the right track?
2.) How long should we leave the braids in for?
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-17-2010, 06:35 PM
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I'd just braid the entire area where it's sticking up to be safe, and be sure to braid the "unruly" bits with the "ruly" hair..that's what I did with my horse (same problem, big cowlick right in the middle) and now it lays flat.
The longer you keep it braided the better, but it's good to change the braids pretty regularly (just take them out during grooming/riding/working/etc and rebraid before putting him back), about once a week..and keep with that pattern for maybe about a month or so. Also when you braid the hair, it should be at least damp, and braided pretty tightly (but of course not so tight that it will be uncomfortable to your horse)

Also if you want to you could invest in some MTG..the stuff REALLY works. Following the instructions on the bottle I saw a visible change within a week. I tried it on a cut on my horse's hock and it had considerable stubble growing back on it by the next day, I was very impressed!

Good luck =)

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We did braid the entire area that was sticking up, but it's like, half of his mane [the lower half] sticks up, and the other half [top half] lays flat. So there's really no way to braid the ruly hair with the unruly hair because the areas are pretty seperated.
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-17-2010, 06:52 PM
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Braiding the hair is really the only way to get it to lay flat. But it is going to take along time you have to be patient. I agree with the first lady that you should braid them, but the only thing like she said is that you need to take them out about once a weak and give the mane a rest for a day or two because the mane will break off from being too tight. So be carefull of that. there are products out there that are like hairspray that help keep it in place also. Good luck
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-17-2010, 06:59 PM
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Ahh, I see..well, that will probably still be okay as the weight of the braid should help hold it down..
Another thought I forgot to mention, if you would be interested a Sleazy hood or Mane Tamer could also potentially help speed up the process..I didn't use one on my horse but I hear that it can really help. Just a thought =)
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I was just looking at those, they look kind of uncomfortable but my mom will take any idea except roaching, she's repulsed by the thought of no mane xD
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-17-2010, 07:35 PM
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I would try Shapleys M-T-G It works really, really well, and all you do is apply it to the area once a week, at least thats what I do with my mini's tail. I have only been using it on him for a week, and already his tail is soft, shining, and I swear it grew a little

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post #8 of 8 Old 01-17-2010, 09:51 PM
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I agree with Fresianlover101

I have used MTG on many horses and am currently using it on my 2 paint geldings, on their manes and tails. I wish i would have taken pictures from the start but I just bought my second paint gelding this past Nov. and when I bought him Im guessing they had also tried to pull his mane at some point, it looked terrible, its really thin and it ranged from like 3 inches in length to maybe 5 inches but those spots were few and far between. I trimmed it so it was more even at 3 inches and have been applying MTG to it as directed since the beginning of Dec and it has grown alot. Here are pictures of it now
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