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post #1 of 10 Old 12-18-2010, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Keeping a mane from getting knotted in harsh wind... Tips?

Oh, how I miss my old gelding's mane and tail. Thick as I've ever seen, yet it never got twisted or knotted. OPOSITE of my mare. My mare is a quarter horse and has a typical mane. Not really course or thick, but the wind does wonders on it. She gets witches stirrups like you wouldn't believe. I plan on keeping her tail braided and in a wrap all winter so that I don't have to worry about it getting dirty, but does anyone have any suggestions as to how to keep her mane from getting knotted up in the wind? She gets them so bad that you can't even brush them out - you have to cut them out. Her mane is just growing back in from when I had to cut one out this summer, and I definately don't want to have to do that again to her gorgeous locks.

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post #2 of 10 Old 12-18-2010, 09:34 PM
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I would braid it. Comb it and condition it well, then put it up in thick pasture braids. That'll keep it from tangling and prevent breakage at the same time.
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-18-2010, 10:00 PM
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You could get a sleazy hood, but brighteyes is right. Big thick braids would probably do the trick unless she rubs them. If she rubs them out, you could get breakage.

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post #4 of 10 Old 12-18-2010, 10:06 PM
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Braid it. Not too tight, just about 8 braids, loosely braided. Do NOT do a running braid, it makes the worst mess to get out if you leave it in overnight, plus it makes the mane kinky along the bottom
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-19-2010, 05:02 AM
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If your horse rubs her mane, or has paddock mates that like to mutually groom with her, or just like to play and get a little rough, I wouldn't braid it AT ALL.
My boy plays with my friends ponies and rubs just above his wither and its all crappy and lets just say I need to find some MTG in Australia...
But, since your girl just gets dreadlocks, I would get some human leave-in conditioner and a spray bottle. I fill the bottle with water and then put a heap of the conditioner in and shake it well and then spray it on the mane. I drench my geldings mane in it and leave it for about 15 minutes and it's a lot easier to brush the dreadlocks out. You could also drench the mane daily with it and leave it. It will get a buildup of conditioner so the hair won't knot as easily.
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-19-2010, 05:30 AM
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Agreed, I'd braid it if you can. If not....it's tough...
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-19-2010, 05:46 AM
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Agree with braiding, but yes, only if it will not get pulled out by a pasturemate. I also use mane bags to keep the braids clean and ice/snow free. Use the conditioner generously, braid into about 6-8 big braids and bag it. Very similar to the tail treatment.

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post #8 of 10 Old 12-19-2010, 06:55 AM
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But, since your girl just gets dreadlocks, I would get some human leave-in conditioner and a spray bottle. I fill the bottle with water and then put a heap of the conditioner in and shake it well and then spray it on the mane. I drench my geldings mane in it and leave it for about 15 minutes and it's a lot easier to brush the dreadlocks out. You could also drench the mane daily with it and leave it. It will get a buildup of conditioner so the hair won't knot as easily.
Our lead mare has a mane that will get curls, twists, and witches' stirrups when it's been raining or very humid and human conditioner or detangler is what we use, too. The cheap, generic stuff works fine and keeps it manageable for weeks.

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post #9 of 10 Old 12-19-2010, 08:08 AM
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I use Cowboy Magic horse detangler and shine on my long hair and on my horses. Still thinking a sleazy might be the easiest solution though.

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post #10 of 10 Old 12-19-2010, 08:41 AM
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I went to look at a horse a few weeks ago that was so knotted and covered in cockleburs that I thought the only way to fix it would be to roach his mane - including his forelock.

The groom at the stable got some spray out and within ~6 or 7 min, was able to brush out every bit of his knots and burs. When I asked what she used, she told me it was a spray for relaxing curly hair that she got at the $1 store!

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