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post #1 of 17 Old 05-28-2012, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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How to Grow out a mane and tail and to thicken a mane and tail

I have a Dun gelding who has a very thin mane and tail He also along the crest of his neck where his mane starts has a lot of short hairs that stand up mohawk style. I have been using MTG on his mane to try and grow out the short hairs so they lay flat with the rest of his mane. How often would you use MTG (as in days in between)? What can be done to thicken the mane and tail? Thanks
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post #2 of 17 Old 05-28-2012, 10:59 AM
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I know that biotin can help with manes and tails. I hate MTG because of the smell but I hear it works well. I always keep a thin tail braided or in a tail bag to minimize damage. Never use a curry on them. And I think products with silicone (used for shine) can dry the hair out. I know there are lots of threads on manes and tails and MTG so you could do a search... Good luck.

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post #3 of 17 Old 05-28-2012, 11:41 AM
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When I put my horse on Accel his mane got so thick and his tail now touches the ground. So maybe try a mineral supplement.
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post #4 of 17 Old 05-28-2012, 02:30 PM
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Also, don't take a hair brush to the mane and tail every day. It breaks the hair and thins it. It's better to just hand pick knots and tangle and pick debry out daily. Sometimes I'll just use a body brush to brush through my horses manes and tails. If you have a really bad tangle, use a tiny bit of baby oil and gently pick it out. Like BoldComic said, the silicone detangler products tend to dry out the hair, so baby oil adds a little moister to it I think, with out adding a lot of chemicals.
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I agree with above don't use a silicone based detangler, it will dry out the hair and cause breakage.
Don't brush out, pick out tangles carefully.

I use MTG and put it on several times a week just at the base of the mane and tail. Then I use Coconut Oil($5 at WalMart in the cooking oil section) on the rest of tail and mane as a conditioner.
It is really greasy and the dirt will stick. But I don't know of anything else that will repell dirt and condition without drying.

You can keep the tail braided and in a bag, but I have never had much luck with keeping a mane braided.
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post #6 of 17 Old 06-28-2012, 03:56 PM
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My daily routine is to detangle the mane and tail by hand, comb through - stopping to tease out any further tangles by hand - and then brush with a stiff brush. Apply a double handful of baby oil to both the mane and tail, work through with fingers, and lay the mane by hand. Then brush the oil through with the dandy brush to avoid having a greasy look to the mane and tail. I do not bathe her mane or tail.

I also feed cod liver oil, and apple cider vinegar, plus general purpose vitamins and minerals, including biotin.

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My routine is pick out the tangles from her mane and carefully brush trough is, stopping at any snags. Then I condition it with coconut oil, braid it, then put MTG at the base of her mane. I only take out the braids if they start to fall out, and do this over again, and in no time her mane looks a lot longer. For her tail, I put some good deranged in it, brush it out where there's no knots, put coconut oil in it and wait for it to soak it in. Then I braid her tail using a 3tube tail sock. And apply MTG on her tail bone and massage it in.

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MTG works good but yes it smells

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post #9 of 17 Old 07-03-2012, 10:08 AM
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MTG works good but yes it smells
Like bbq! I actually really dont mind the smell. It works well, i just put it on once a week.
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post #10 of 17 Old 07-03-2012, 10:13 AM
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Like bbq! I actually really dont mind the smell. It works well, i just put it on once a week.
It smells like bacon to me. Also makes me a little hungry.
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