Originally Posted by Acco
I have a question about getting a mane to lie flat - if you braid it, or put a sleazy on the horse, or band it, or whatever, does the mane only lie flat until the next time it gets wet, or will it eventually learn to always lay flat?
My horse has a mohawk when it's pulled, and I've never tried to make it lie down before, but I don't really want to go through the trouble if the results will only be temporary :\
We do hunters, but not big shows - nobody braids at our shows, but most everyone else have lovely pulled manes that lie down obediently :P His mane isn't super thick, but I think it's coarse or something, which makes it stick straight up. When I let it get longer in the winter, it gets heavy enough to flop over
I use a lycra hood (like the sleazy). It's not permanent, but a day of his wearing it generally results in 3-4 days of a flat mane, assuming he doesn't roll once I pull it off!
I actually keep it on him most of the time, even for turn out. It keeps the flies off pretty well (paired with a fly sheet) and keeps him from bleaching. He's the dweebiest looking horse in the pasture, but everyone's always jealous of his perfect groom job before a brush even touches him
I definitely recommend a hood, even if the results aren't permanent. You can always stick it on your horse a few days before a show, and voila! Perfect mane!
One thing to remember, make sure you get a hood with large eye holes or cut them bigger. It's not very nice to blind your horse for the sake of a mane, haha.