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    10-13-2008, 01:56 PM
  #31
Green Broke
I don't mean to turn this post around. But after Roaching, how long do you figure will it take the mane to grow back with correct feeding and using MTG everyday?

I want to Roach my QH's mane, but I also want to sell him in the spring. I need it back by spring.
     
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    10-13-2008, 05:59 PM
  #32
Trained
Thought that you guys would like to see how long my horse's mane is now. Last year, in August 2006 I was forced to roach her mane. Now it is finally long and I have been using MTG ever since. Her mane ended up growing nearly 17 inches in one year in a few places, I guess MTG does help... And I just bought my second bottle a few weeks ago!!

August 2006


November 2007






I googled for the answer to this and found this info from a "real person" (not an advertisement) on another website. Hope this gives you some real world info to maybe judge the growth on.

To me I would guess you'd have half that amount of mane by spring, if you roached it now. I would also guess that banding it as soon as it's long enough will give you a "polished" looking mane.

Hope I helped.
     
    10-13-2008, 08:23 PM
  #33
Trained
My old standardbred messed his mane up last summer and he had a huge patch missing right in the middle so I decided to roach it. It really suits him. Suits him so much that we keep it like that now.

The only time it looks really bad is if the horse has a long skinny neck.

This is the best pic I can find of my standies mane. This was the first day it was done and it wasnt all neatened up yet but you get the idea :)
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    10-14-2008, 08:30 PM
  #34
Yearling
It does suit most horses - I agree. I don't usually let my thoroughbreds manes grow past 4 inches.. Long mane makes them look - lets just say -scabby..
That andies mane on page 2 is beautiful.. but then again I think I could only handle one photo - too many and I will be coughing up hair balls lol
     
    10-15-2008, 02:37 PM
  #35
Weanling
I would just leave it alone the way it is. I used to cut my geldings mane very short (i'm taking halter show length) but my barn owner brought it to my attention that horses use their mane's as a form of defense against cold and flies as well.
     
    10-16-2008, 12:07 AM
  #36
Yearling
Yeh.. well basically everything on a horse serves a purpose..
     
    10-16-2008, 08:03 PM
  #37
Started
Yeah I agree you should definitely roach it
I'd recommend roaching it and then maybe leaving it short if you think it could happen again because I can imagine that must be really frustrating
     
    11-17-2008, 12:49 AM
  #38
Zab
Yearling
I did it to Crow :P I loved it.. but I'm hoping he'll have a ''real'' neck soon so I'll let it grow out.. xD Agonizing since I just hate the ''dressage'' length!

If you leave it at some length, I thnk it looks good on horses with too thin neck, makes it look broader and so.. :3 at least it did on him..
     
    11-20-2008, 02:42 AM
  #39
Weanling
His mane did not look that bad to me, but it is common to cut off half or more of a mane to make a neck appear thinner in miniatures. If you want it to grow back even roaching it was the best idea. Just soak the crap out of it once weekly in mtg. It will take about a year to get a good long mane back. It may take less if he is like my one mare whose tail was eaten off by goats (I mean a heck of a tail now, it was dragging behind her by about 2 feet). Those stupid goats ate it to the tail bone pretty much over night and since then it has doubled in length. Check out the before and after photos of MTG and there is a current pic of her tail there, I just did not have a before. It looked so bad with no tail that I would not take one.

Here is the link to my mares tail now. It was eaten off in July, and I sold the hoats in august and that is when I started using MTG. It is now november and this is the result I have gotten. She had almost no hair left on her tail bone to give you a starting point.
Lets see your MTG before and afters!!
     
    11-25-2008, 10:24 AM
  #40
Foal
My 3 year old paint gelding is terrible, everytime I would finally get his mane grown out, he would rub a huge hunk out of it again...finally decided he wanted his mane gone.? I would help him...I cut it off...my daughters were horrified..and I could tell cochise couldnt figure out why I did that to him..LOL But now I think he likes it...he is the only horse I know that doesnt want to be groomed...my others will stand anywhere I want and Cochise goes out of his way to get away from me if I come anywhere near him with a brush...the only thing he tolerates is brushing his tail...he has absolutely hands down the most fantastic tail I've ever seen and his mane is the same...but I guess Ill just have to live with the fact he only likes his tail...weird horse...but now that we are getting used to it he looks good with no mane because he does have a nice neck...
     

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