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    04-10-2011, 10:35 AM
Growing the mane

After reading some other posts this may sound odd to some people, but I do not show and I prefer a full mane- the longer and thicker the better! My 2 yo Morgan, who I've had for 2 months has a lovely mane, until about 2/3 of the way up where it has been rubbed or possibly chewed off by a stablemate. It has grown about an inch and a half since I got him. Is there anything I can do to help it grow faster, so it will catch up with the rest, or should I pull/cut the other part to make it even? Will brushing it do further damage? Or should I just leave it alone?
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    04-11-2011, 12:13 PM
Just leave it alone. The more you mess with it the more damage and hair you will lose. If you want to help the growth process a bit you can apply some MTG to the area. Which will help encourage hair growth. Just be sure to wear gloves when doing this cause it is rather greasy.
    04-11-2011, 01:41 PM
Mane and tail works great. You can put conditioner or detangler in it. Once the hair is long enough braiding it can help it grow faster. I did this for an Arab I was leasing and after a few months he had a gorgeous mane!
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    04-11-2011, 03:50 PM
I've had a lot of luck with MTG and lots of braiding.
I would not leave braids in any longer than a week. At that point it does more harm than good.
I make about 6 braids, give or take depending on the horse, and try to let them out as often as possible to breathe and move around; the horses appreciate that.
I've also been known to feed a handful of ground flax in the grain.

Both my previous horses came to me with mediocre quality manes and tails, constantly improved and looked awesome while I owned them, then looked crappy again within a few weeks of being sold, lol...
    04-11-2011, 05:04 PM
Yeah I have heard that MTG works the best, but I am sure other things work good too. If you braid the mane I would just do regular braids that go straight down. I would redo them kinda often so the horse does not rub too much and break the hair on the top.

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