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post #1 of 5 Old 06-26-2013, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Getting a mane to lie flat - how long does it last

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
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-28-2013, 05:35 PM
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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.

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Try banding it like the western qh people do. Much faster than braiding and makes the mane lie close to the neck.
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It is not permanent, but with my horses I keep them braided when I want it all to lay correctly, and rebraid either daily or every few days. It seems like a lot of work, but really it is just more bonding time with the horses. Before I showed my gelding, I banded his mane and he wore a sleazy over it. Next morning it was laying flat, and stayed good for the show. But I think braiding all season is just a better way to do it. If they horse's mane is thick enough, having that thick mane just laying on their neck makes them sweat.
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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
The main should learn to lie flat over time. You may have to redo some of the braids, but the main usually learns to grow that new way to sit on the one side of the neck, which should be the right.
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