I recently bought an appy/percheron cross. He has a pretty decent tail for an appy but his mane is absolutely horrible it is about 4 inches long, thin, but rather stiff and stands straight up . I thought he had his mane roached last fall or something but the previous owner said she had him for about 5 years and it was always like this. I know genetics play a big part in the hair growth but where he has a nice tail is there anything I can do to get the mane to grow longer or at least get it soft enough to lay down?
Try some mane and tail conditioner or go get some infusion leave in hair conditioner braid thick braids and try to 'string' the braids together ? Or
Perhaps just roach it off and hope next year it grows in decent.
We have the same cross at my barn. She has the same thing, decent tail and crummy short coarse mane. We usually leave it but recently we have been roaching it. It makes her neck look awesome. You can try putting MTG in it to grow but it will probably still look scraggly. Unfortunately you have deal with the genes your dealt. :( unless you get him extensions! :P Posted via Mobile Device
I roach my boys mane but I do it like they do mules. I leave it about 1 &1/2 or 2 inches long & arch it. Where its a little longer in the middle of the neck & tapers down at the top & bottom. Hope that makes sense, I don't know how else to explain it, but I call him my Trojan Man, he looks so studly when i'm done!
If you look at the thread I started in this category ( Roaching a Mane???? ) You'll see that smrobs has put up a picture of her mules with roached manes that are arched...and gives a pretty good description of how she does it. I also posted pictures of my horse, before and after I hogged his mane. I cannot believe how much better he looks without the wisps of chewed thick mane that he had. Good luck. You can't change genes and Apps have manes and tails that are generally less than lush.
Thanks for all the replies I think I will just cut it. I have clippers but am not really sure how to use them on his mane, but his hair is so thin I am pretty sure I can just cut it short with the scissors and it will look better than it is now