Originally Posted by smrobs
A couple of others have already posted what I am about to say. Some horses just will not grow long manes. Something in their genetics makes it stop growing when it reaches a certain length.
Agree completely. My husbands horse has mane that just pretty much stays the same length no matter what he does.
I do trim off the thin stuff and oil Vida's a few times a month. I just do the ends to keep them from breaking off and up a little. Not all the way to the root.
I use Africa's Best Herbal Oil from the African American hair section at Wal-Mart.
Its great stuff, I just leave it in.
Heres Vida I think her mane looks healthy although I do need to trim the stragglers again. I cut her forelock after every freeze so its out of her eyes in the winter. It always grows back by fly season. If I don't it gets way
too long. I think its hard on her eyesight.
I'm including a rear photo just as an example of the "every horse is different rule."
All of these horses eat the same thing, get the same topical treatments and are pretty much cared for the same. Big difference in tail conditions.