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post #1 of 61 Old 04-10-2011, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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braiding mane just to keep horse cool?

It is already too darn hot here in SoFla! I don't want to mess with the horses' manes, but ugh, when I put my hand under the mane, it is soooo hot and sweaty. I know how great I feel when I put my hair up in a ponytail during the summer, so just wondering if this is what people do with their horses to keep them cool?
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post #2 of 61 Old 04-10-2011, 12:30 PM
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Can't hurt. I would'nt necessarily put her mane in buttons... but individual braids left hanging (a french braid would probably just get pulled out) might give her some relief.
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post #3 of 61 Old 04-10-2011, 12:56 PM
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Whenever I go on a big trail ride, I always put up my horse's hair in simple, thick braids to keep them from over heating. It helps a lot. I do this all summer as well, allowing them to keep braided hair in the pasture.
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post #4 of 61 Old 04-10-2011, 02:05 PM
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Could you try a running plait? It depends on the length of your horses mane if it's worth it though, if it's quite short then you could just do individual plaits, but a running plait would make more sense if it's long, and would be more time efficient.
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post #5 of 61 Old 04-10-2011, 02:08 PM
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Hi there! I think braiding helps a lot with this problem. At our ranch, we keep one of our competition horses braided throughout the summer. He stays much cooler and relieved. I would definitely give it a try!
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post #6 of 61 Old 04-10-2011, 02:25 PM
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I do working braids in the summer. It keeps them more cool, but still gives them something to swat flies with when they shake, unlike button braids or plaits.
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post #7 of 61 Old 04-10-2011, 04:44 PM
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My sisters horse has the same problem. She roaches him in the summer because we don't show or anything. I brain my guys mane in think brais to keep him cool though cuz he has too thin of a mane to roach
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post #8 of 61 Old 04-10-2011, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hey thanks guys! I just braided her mane in long, floppy braids, about 8 total.they arent super pretty but its gotta feel good! I have never been good with.braids or hair...equine or human! My 12 year old daughter never has cute hairstyles or braids. That is one area I am very "challenged" in.
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post #9 of 61 Old 04-11-2011, 12:11 PM
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During hotter weather I keep the main in long braids. So I can keep the longer mane but the horse's neck is kept cooler. And easier to maintain because I don't have to do anything to it then except maybe once a month redo the braids.

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post #10 of 61 Old 04-12-2011, 11:12 AM
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My gelding is roached for the summer and I always keep my fillies main in braids!

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