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  • How to get a long mane and tail
  • How to get long mane on horses

 
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    11-17-2008, 11:16 PM
  #11
Foal
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Originally Posted by MirrorStage2009    
The first couple are Andalucians. Come to think of it, I don't really see a lot of Lusitanos with that much flourish in their hair? Maybe because they were more used for bullfighting.
Darn. I was pretty close! Lol. I guess I still have tons of learning to do. Guess I got too caught up in the apparel xD


Anyway, your Friesian is so cute <3
     
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    11-17-2008, 11:39 PM
  #12
Started
I actually don't find these manes and tails attractive at all. They kind of creep me out. I can't imagine them being fun for the horses either.
     
    11-18-2008, 12:08 AM
  #13
Green Broke
They look like furbies or something

Braids + oil - and no combing!
     
    11-18-2008, 12:45 AM
  #14
Weanling
To get that kind of mane and tail you have to keep it braided and keep it coated in moisturizer and braided all the time. Never out of braids/bags unless they are being shown. Even when these horses go to show, their tails and manes still do not get brushed. They are left braided so much they rarely tangle and just pick the dirt out and wash it. The saddlevred farm I worked for braided tails and they would pull the braid and bags off and wash the tail, as soon as it was dry, back up it went. These horses are also stall kept and spend very little time outside. I have a mini mare that *did* have a tail that drug two feet behind her on the ground. This was the only horse I ever owned that grew a tail like that no matter what I did to it. (goats ate her tail off)Everyone elses I have to coat in mtg and braid and bag to get that kind of length. If you are not showing the horse and it is not breed common, than it is a pain in the butt and try to keep the mane no longer than bottom of shoulder and the tail just off the ground, it is easier to take care of and still offers them fly protection.
     
    11-18-2008, 12:46 AM
  #15
Foal
I love love looooove my horses with long manes, it adds to any other baroque attributes and makes them so unique. And, ..I don't mind the additional work involved I find grooming and caring for my horses a very pleasant time-off and an excuse to mentally switch off from the corporate world.

My andalusian has a thick mane, which is quite long, but not as long as those in the photos. I've been washing it & leaving it out to dry naturally, then braid it and bag those braids for about a week. The process of drying and braiding takes about 3-4 hours, but that's done once a week. Never took a shot at oiling though. Also, I used cowboy detangler for a while but noticed it made his mane SO DRY, so I stopped it, now I detangle his mane (if needed) strand by strand. (I told you, I don't mind the extra work lol)

What I like about mane bags is that it keeps the braids intact, and keeps wood-shreddings and sand away from it, but what I dislike about them is that the top part of the mane along the crest is not covered, and is often susceptible to breaks if he decides to scratch his neck against the wall.

I often see some dressage horses covered with a light stable blanket and a neck-cover, do you think I could use a neck-cover like that one when I keep him in the paddock or the box?
     
    11-18-2008, 02:21 AM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by Jubilee Rose    
I actually don't find these manes and tails attractive at all. They kind of creep me out. I can't imagine them being fun for the horses either.
They look like the toy horse my niece has. Though, none of them are an irritating seafoam blue lol.

I kinda want to play with those horse's manes since they're so long So much I could do!
     
    11-18-2008, 02:48 AM
  #17
Started
Pleh, I agree with the above posters about them being TOO long !
I don't like things like that.. If a horses main is so long it would NEVER have become so long in the wild, I find them a bit creepy
     
    11-18-2008, 11:54 AM
  #18
Foal
I agree these are way too long! I do like the thick, longer, baroque manes though. Partially genetic and partially care/conditioner. I have Andalusians out 24/7 and they all have thick, long manes, I never braid & bag them and they look pretty good anyway (not overly long).

Banoota, I agree about Cowboy Magic - it works good at first but is VERY drying over time, because of the silicone.
     
    11-18-2008, 05:03 PM
  #19
Zab
Yearling
I love long manes if the tails are long too :P But they don't have to drag the ground wit them..
When I get Crow back, I'll try to braid his mane (the tail is already pretty neat, I cut it when it touches the floor.. but maybe braid it just to keep it untangled). I'll try to do it loose enough for him to not start to rub it, but I don't want it much more than to the shoulder..if I get it that long.
     
    11-18-2008, 05:08 PM
  #20
Trained
My new mare has a lovely long, thick mane which hangs about an inch or so below her neck. Even at that length it presents many problems like: the hair near the bottom of the mane gets stuck under the front of the rug and it rubs and breaks hairs, in summer it gets very hot under the mane, in the rain/mud/wind it gets awfully knotty, it gets caught up in the breastplate and rings, it takes extra special love and care to keep it nice...and so on...because of all these things I generally keep it either in a running braig or 9 single plaits with a conditioning spray. This protects it more and keeps the mane of her neck cooler on hot days. It also keeps it out of my way and the rugs way so less is lost.

Not all breed have the capacity to grow manes and tails that long though. Fresians and andies and other such breeds have a reputation for long flowing manes. I gotta take my hat off to anyone who cares for a mane well enough and long enough for it to get so long. I do think the pics where the mane and tail are dragging on the ground is a bit over the top though. There isnt much use it being any longer than a few inches above the ground. Otherwise its just going to drag and get trodden on and the wrapped up for the rest of the time. Too much extra work for me. I don't know how long my mares will get before I give in and pull it lol im trying to see how long I can let it go but it gets on my nerves so much sometimes :)
     

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