How do you get a horses mane to stay to one side?

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    02-27-2011, 07:56 PM
How do you get a horses mane to stay to one side?

Ok, Gizmo's mane is awesome, but I can never get it to stay on one side, but I noticed at shows and stuff, horses with long manes always have their mane to one side and it stays! How is it possible? Lol
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    02-27-2011, 09:21 PM
Just like our own hair, it has to be trained to stay on one side. Maybe 'train' isn't the best word. You know what I mean.
There are two general ways to do this. You can brush all the knots out, and put it all on one side, and then braid it there and leave the braids in for a few days, and spray the mane down with water to get the first couple of inches wet once a day, and let it dry. When you take the braids out, some of it may still flip to the other side, but most of it will stay to the side you braided it on, so you'll have to braid it 3 or 4 times in a month, and after that it should stay. It's usually a matter of the hair growing in that direction.

The next method is to use a neck sleeve, that will hold the mane down on one side and not let it be damaged by rubbing or braids or anything. It's basically this:
    02-27-2011, 09:25 PM
A few days before a show I start braiding Molly's mane. Dampen it while you braid, and pull down with each crossover.
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    02-28-2011, 12:12 PM
I am so glad I saw this thread! I was going to post the same thing. My Appy's mane is growing in the UP direction. Yep - it goes UP his neck! And he has alot of mane for an Appy. Pretty normal one. I braided it a few days ago (like the picture above) and I'd say about 1/3 of it is better. I braided it again today after brushing it down and applying some cowboy magic. This time I really focused on braiding it "down" other words, taking the upper most piece and pulling down and back while braiding (toward rump). We have a schooling show in a few weeks and I want his mane to look nice. I was also thinking of trying a right side only french braid.

Once I get it down a bit I will pull it, but thought I'd try to "train" it first.

If anyone else has any suggestions please post!
    02-28-2011, 12:16 PM
Same, I'm so glad I've seen this, I've been having the same trouble with Lottie's mane. I tried just continually brushing it over, but then she'd toss her head in her typical mareish way and I'd be back to square one with mane on both sides :')
    02-28-2011, 12:24 PM
What also helps, are small fishing weights. Those little silver balls you can buy from a tackle store.

Braid the mane with the weights at the ends. The weights will "weigh" the mane down - that way you don't have to use a sleezy if you don't want to, or do not have access to one. Don't go too heavy though.
    02-28-2011, 12:28 PM
What a great idea to use fishing weights!

Is there a "preferred" side that the mane should go? (for hunter or dressage??) Or doesn't it matter? Thanks!
    02-28-2011, 12:41 PM
Awesome! Gizmo it is mainly just the top half of his mane that gets partly flipped over to the other side. I will try braiding it more. The only thing that scares me is two summers ago a place a I worked at the kids left a braid in a horses mane and the horse got it stuck on something and ripped it out! And it was a huge chunk. I don't think he get them stuck on anything, I am just afraid he will. How long do you leave the braids in?
    02-28-2011, 01:53 PM
Originally Posted by tpup    
What a great idea to use fishing weights!

Is there a "preferred" side that the mane should go? (for hunter or dressage??) Or doesn't it matter? Thanks!
I was always taught to lay it over onto the offside, so the horses right. I don't know if everywhere is like this, but my boss told me, and she does dressage :)
    02-28-2011, 02:13 PM
I have never heard about one side being preferred to the other and I have shown in A shows before (although its been a looooong time).

Also, the weights is a good idea, however I would also worry about the horse ripping them out if they got caught on something.

I would prefer the sleezy over anything simply because it reduces the risk of mane getting ripped out but if you have your horse where you can monitor them (like in a stall or such), you could reduce the risk of them getting it caught somewhere.

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