My haflinger has the most thickest mane ever. Haflingers always have double sided manes and I have a horse show this weekend. How do I get it flipped over to one side? I won't be able to really get it wet yet so I can't give him a bath. Thanks
I have Curlies, and one of their breed traits is a double mane. On one it looks nice, as she has the perfect curls for her mane, the other is just a wavy ethnic mess of hair on both sides. What I did was braid it to one side. Get it wet, and make braids that will stay down, cover with a sleazy if you have one. Rebraid them every few days. Maybe you could make tons of small braids and 'weigh' them down with a bead or something on the end. But not enough to make it uncomfortable. Just mess with different things, you'll find your own way of doing it.
I love the sleazies or even a hand made mane tamer. But first use a water spray bottle to get the hair damp and heavy. Show Sheen is a good silicon product that make combing it all out smooth really easy. Then for those pieces that want to flip back over to the other side I coat them down with a really heavy hair gel. Then put on your mane tamer. Doing this the night before should be sufficient.
At the show, if the stubborn parts seem like they want to fly away, a simple dampening with your water spray bottle will reactivate the hair gel so you can smooth it right back down. Good luck!
I'd dampen the mane, then plait it and tie the plaits on the side you want the mane to lie! :)
Good luck! (Our pony has a very long, thick mane, but luckily pretty much all of it lies on one side naturally haha!) :)
Before you take the mane to the desired side, thoroughly comb out on BOTH sides. Horses can feel when the mane is brushed down the "wrong" side, and it is mildly irritating, just like when we brush our hair against the grain. By working the mane on the side you do NOT want, it will feel better to the horse when you braid on the desired side. I like the idea of beads, and would recommend cheap, plastic ones.