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post #1 of 8 Old 03-20-2014, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Ideas for growing out the mane..

Poncho hhas a really thin mane and to make things worse he has rubbed off all his mane besides close to his withers and close to his ears..

In between those areas, its like a thin mohawk- not even enough to braid and sticks straight up... HOW can I just get this sucker to start growing again? Would cutting it all off make it grow? Any special shampoos or home remedies. ( I am going to show him in pleasure so I personally would like some mane haha)

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-22-2014, 06:47 PM
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Don't brush it is honestly the best thing. My RI only brushes her horses' manes and tails before a show, and they all have super long gorgeous manes and tails!

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post #3 of 8 Old 03-23-2014, 01:35 AM
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Definitely avoid brushing but if you do, use a leave in conditioner like Mane & Tail Spray Conditioner or something to that effect. I usually will pour some olive oil (any oil probably works though) on my horses tail bone to keep it from drying out, which causes them to rub. You may want to try this on the parts he is rubbing. I also heard massaging it helps the blood flow to the hair follicles which will result in faster hair growth. I personally haven't tried it but it wouldn't hurt.
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post #4 of 8 Old 03-23-2014, 02:26 AM
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You can always try MTG, just make sure Poncho isn't allergic or sensitive to it first. I use it on one of mine, and there's a slight increase in growth when I use it about once a week. If it's too strong, you can try just massaging the base of the mane to get the blood flowing. Braiding the mane keeps it tangle-free, but I found (at least with a thin mane) that it ends up tugging more hair out by the root. Good luck
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I found a really good renedy for anti- itch gel that you can make yourself. The link to the blog is Brekita Grange - Sweet Itch Central. My gelding used to rub his tail raw every summer until I started using it. I would use it on the areas he is rubbing and leave the est alone.
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-23-2014, 11:31 AM
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He may not have the genetics to grow a big mane.

You want to reduce breakage, so keeping the hair conditioned and minimize brushing may help.

If he looks really bad, roaching it will give you a clean slate and help everything grow back at once so that he's not awkward-looking.

You will also need to find out how and why he's rubbing the mane off. Is he reaching between the fence boards looking for more food? He may need more hay. Is another horse eating it? Is he itchy? Solving those problems will help too.

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post #7 of 8 Old 03-23-2014, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies. I has always had a thin mane but it's been long enough to lay down on his neck, now I don't even have even enough to put in a pony tail. I guess once it's nice out consistently I will start to wash it a bit and what's mtg?? Sorry probably something I know just not that;) lol. My other horse, sunny, I roached his mane because he was itching under it raw and bloody and now it's already 5-6 inches longer than ponchos give or take.

I know poncho won't have a long lushes mane. But he has had a decent one before. He rubbed it off in their old pen reAchin for the "greener" grass. And he had 10ish acres with some grass but you know..
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post #8 of 8 Old 03-23-2014, 08:53 PM
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MTG is Mane-Tail-Groom, a product by Shapley's. It's greasy and smells like gross bacon, but apparently makes hair grow, treats dandruff, sweet itch, etc. They have it at Tractor Supply and most of the tack shops I've been to. Although, if I was having consistent trouble with rubbing, I'd be thinking fungus, mites, dandruff and have a chat with a vet next time one's around.
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