Does anyone have suggestions on keeping manes long? I have seen everyone likes MTG for growing. I also read coconut oil for soft manes. (which I went out and bought some) So would keeping the mane in braids be good? I also saw someone talk about Plait's is that better or the same??
Well apart from keeping the horse rugged, and taken away from any potential 'rubbing' materials, just make sure you brush them to stimulate everything, they are getting fed a good supply of minerals. That's all I can think of
My Canadian gelding has a long mane. Other than putting in showsheen to help keep it a bit less tangled (which doesnt work) I don't put anything in his mane. As you can by the picture I don't really have any problems keeping his mane nice and healthy. I think diet is the most important aspect of how nice of a mane you get and not so much what you put in in.
Keep the mane and tail in a relitively loose braid. They don't need to be the same size, just don't make them too tight or else you end up breaking the hairs or damaging them. This helps with the knot issue, and if the horse comes in with rat nests and chunks of dirt which you have to pick out by hand or wash out, this will help to. I would redo the braids about every other day, depending on how patient the horse is. It may take, what it seems like, forever, it will help. Especially if the horse comes in, and has knots all over the place, when the day before you spend 3 hours brushing, finally giving up and going into the wash rack and working conditioner into every square inch to prevent pulling out more hairs than you already did. Also try keeping it knot free and work in conditioner water into it (basically a drop of human conditioner in a spray bottle, 1 pea sized drop per 8 oz, and mix well). This is the cheapy alternative I figured out. However you may have to wash it out every week depending on how much you use. It will keep the mane and tail practically knot free.
Hey Galloping grape-
What is your procedure with the coconut oil? Thunder's tail and mane are already as long as your beauty you have there, but it's so course... I tried coconut oil this week, and it seemed to help a bit, but I think this is something ill have to do on a regular basis?