I don't keep my horses manes in braids because it made mine fall out!! I braided it lossely and took it out a couple of days later and some of his mane came out with the braids! Thank goodness this mane is thick and you could not tell.I brush it every day( But I put leave in conditioner in so the brush dose not ripe all of his mane and tail out!) I know every one says don't brush there manes and tail if you want it to be long and pretty but I tryed this and when I went to get all the tangles out I riped put a ton of hair that sould not have came out so I brush it every day WITH come sort of leave in conditioner. I have seen some barns leve in braid for months and take it out and the horses mane was fine but that is not the case for my horse.