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    01-26-2009, 04:47 PM
  #31
Foal
The last 2 pictures are of a Rocky Mountain Horse stallion, named "Rockin Dobbin". I think he's gorgeous!! Unfortunately he doesn't pass on his long mane to his get. I own a Rocky Mountain filly who's will be 2 this spring and already her forlock in more than 1/2 way down her nose and her mane is 2 ft long. I LOVE it and think it definitely gives her the WOW factor. All of the foals from this ranch "WildfireFarm@icefire.net have manes, forlocks and tails like that. I actually came on this post to get good advice on protecting her mane to keep it growing. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE long hair on a horse!!!
     
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    01-26-2009, 05:02 PM
  #32
Weanling
Those horses must have upkeep like oulaw but just for the manes outlaws mane is perfect and does not get fused over just lots of showsheen and conditioner its another story for his tail and body though.
     
    01-26-2009, 05:03 PM
  #33
Foal
Too long for me. I like long and thick manes and tails, but not touching the ground, expecially for the mane.
     
    01-26-2009, 06:06 PM
  #34
Green Broke
So beautiful and romantic, but not at all practical. I work like crazy on my horses manes and tails, but alas (hand to forehead), they are appys and I'm lucky they have any hair at all !
     
    01-26-2009, 06:40 PM
  #35
Foal
I guess a mane that long would be good if you liked brushing more than you liked riding.
     
    01-29-2009, 04:38 PM
  #36
Banned
One word::::::::: EXTENSIONS (haha hehe)
     
    01-31-2009, 03:20 PM
  #37
Foal
They never cut their hair and I don't think its good for the horse to have hair dragging on the grounfd HAHAHAHA
     
    01-31-2009, 09:02 PM
  #38
Foal
The main secret to long manes and tails..... GENETICS! Haha. If your horse doesn't have a good hair gene, you're never going to get a dramatic mane.

But secondly they are kept braided and wrapped up and they never brush them. If you notice their manes are all wavy, that's because they were just taken out of their braids. I know of a few reiners that when they wrap up manes they wrap the hair around little 1 or 2 pound weights because it gently pulls at the root of the hair and kinda forces it to grow.

What we do for long manes/tails is we NEVER brush them, unless they are about to go into the show ring, then we only finger pick through them. Combs never touch their hair. They get taken down and washed before shows and in the very beginning of summer, that's it. Some of their tails will stay untouched for a couple months at a time, there's no problem with that. Some of ours that don't have good hair genes get the help of MTG about twice a month. We also put a leave in conditioner like Infusium 23 once a week and get a whole body spray of Healthy Hair Care about every day.
     
    02-01-2009, 09:37 AM
  #39
Showing
A lot of it is a breed thing. Cobalt's mane is passed his neck now and VERY thick. I will try to get some updated pictures this afternoon for you but most of it is a breed thing so regardless of how hard to you try to keep the main strong and tangle free to prevent breakage, it will always be only so long.
I'll get some new pics this afternoon
     
    02-01-2009, 06:19 PM
  #40
Green Broke
hmmmmmmmm how long would it take to pat that weave?
     

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