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post #1 of 7 Old 02-20-2014, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Horse's mane hair seems to be falling out!

Ok, so it's a little bit of a long story. My horse's winter blanket has a neck piece attachement that I use. A couple weeks ago I decided I wanted to let my horses mane grow out and get nice and long. I noticed that her mane would get very messy under the neck piece so to help it along I decided to braid it in sections to keep it neater and so that I wouldn't have to brush it as much.

Furthermore, I have been using a small amount of MTG on her tail once a week and have seen great results! So, since deciding to let her mane grow out, I thought I would use MTG on it as well. I have literally only put it on her mane twice, and a very small amount.

So, today... I unbraided a couple of the braids in her mane because they were kind of falling out, and then all I did was run my fingers through it lightly to untangle it and a handful of mane came out! So naturally I started freaking out, and didn't dare taking out any other braids! I don't know what might be causing it, but I think it may be because of her neck piece rubbing it.. I never took much notice of this before, but I do recall having a bit of fallout before i braided them or even used the MTG.

I don't think it's being caused by the MTG cause I've never had anything like this happen with her tail, and I only just started using it, however I think I will stop using it for good measure..

Anyway, I'm just wondering if anybody has any suggestions to help stop this from happening. I'm not keen on taking her neck piece off, at least for now, because it is quite cold where I am and part of my horses neck is shaved. I don't really know how to keep this from happening otherwise! :( I don't know if a biotin supplement or something similar would help stop this from happening or not, but it crossed my mind. What do people think??
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-22-2014, 09:48 AM
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I have never had good luck with MTG. It has caused major sunburn on my guys (even when it wasn't summer months) and could have done something to your horses mane by being covered up by the neck attachment and heat being trapped in. I've also heard of other people who have a lot of problems with their horses being sensitive to it.

If you have to keep the neck attachment on I would get yourself a sleezy type hood. This will keep the main from being rubbed or pulled by your neck attachment. Could your horse be itchy from wearing it and rubbing?
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-22-2014, 09:51 AM
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You may have done the braids too tightly. I've done that before and had it pull out hair. Next time you braid try doing them a little looser. Unless your horse had a reaction of some sort to the MTG I can't think of how it would cause hair to fall out
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It's normal, horses naturally shed their mane and tail hair like people do and when you braid it you prevent those hairs from falling down. They fall out regardless if you braid or not, but a braid traps the loose hair and when you leave them in for a long time you notice how much hair is really falling out.

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Hair falls out all the time. When hair is braided, it cant fall and float away because its in a braid and gets trapped.

To make sure that you're not braiding too tightly, start the braid about an inch from her neck and make the first few plaits a little loose and tighten as you go.
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I think it's probably to do with the braiding. Maybe your neck rug is rubbing on the braids, and that can potentially break hair. When hair is loose, it can move more before it breaks or wears off. Braided hair is held more stiffly in position. Just a hunch. Good luck!
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To do with the braiding, I am 100% sure I did not do them too tightly. I was very careful when first braiding them to make sure they weren't too tight. However I think you are all right, and that the braids might be causing the neck piece to rub more, so I might try taking them out. As for MTG like I said, I am definitely not going to keep using it on her mane just in case. It's so weird though, it worked so wonderfully on her tail! But oh well. Thank you everybody!

Quick thought: I know of people using listerine on manes and tails with dandruff. She does have some dandruff in her mane, but I don't know if what is causing this may also be causing hair to fall out more easily. Do people think it might be beneficial to try it?

For now though I am just going to try to leave her mane alone for a while, and take the braids out, hopefully that will help!
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