Aaw thank you! And don't worry I don't mind a bit of banter hehe, I think as soon as the weather is warmer I'll wash it, put oil in, brush it through, thin it a little, then braid it up, they sound like the best ways according to all your advice. Speed racer is right though, I'm not worried about flies in the slightest at this time of year, the only thing I am concerned about is, how long is it acceptable to keep it braided? I'm worried she'll want to rub it is I keep it up too long :S
By the way, please don't be at each others' throats cos of a question, I really do appreciate all of your advice, tips and opinions!