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post #1 of 8 Old 06-18-2014, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Long mane?

I keep seeing pictures on the internet of Quarter horse and other breeds like that not known for long manes. My horse has pretty long mane, but not like that. Does anyone know how to get really long healthy mane? I've been using coconut oil.
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-18-2014, 07:34 PM
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Genetics is the biggest part in having a long mane. Some people swear by never using a brush (only finger combing), using certain products, etc, but for some horses all the gentle handling and expensive products in the world won't make a noticeable difference.

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Unfortunately it mostly has to do with genetics, the horse usually gets it from the sire or dam. My horse's is so long and thick I have to section his mane just to brush it....his tail is very sad looking. I would say just be gentile with it and use some growth stimulating shampoos....I believe I saw one at TSC
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Heya, the potential length of hair on any given part of the body, horse or human, is genetically programmed. There are inbuilt seasonal variations in the programme that respond to environmental cues like day length and temperature (hence summer coat/winter coat etc), and genetic programmes tend to deteriorate with age. Anyway, the hair will reach its pre-programmed length, stop growing, and eventually fall out, and be replaced.

Things like conditioning agents may improve the condition, appearance and feel of hair, but not its genetically set potential length. Sometimes though, wear and tear and poor condition can result in hair being worn down and not reaching potential length or thickness, so that's where care and conditioning can help.

Arabian and Andalusian horses are examples of breeds renowned for having long manes. No matter what I do in terms of external care, my current riding horse has a short mane genetic programme and the hair won't grow past halfway down the neck, and that's how it is!

Length and thickness of horse manes can be reduced from their potential through rugging with combo rugs that cover the neck (wear and temperature effects), but it's not been significant enough for me to not use neck rugs on my free rangers in adverse weather.

I read somewhere that there was a mutation in mane and tail hair length in, I think it was an Andalusian, and he was used as a parade horse in some historic European court, with a whole bunch of pages carrying his extremely long mane and tail to keep them from dragging on the ground.
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I've never thought of it that way!
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My Arabian has such a long mane and tail, but it is not very thick. It isn't sickly thin or anything. I wish it would thicken, but that isn't in an Arabian's genetics.

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I have a quarter horse x thoroughbred. She had a long and thick mane. Last time I measured it was 16". And her tail drags on the ground....I have no idea where she got it from lol
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-19-2014, 02:46 AM
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TBs I have noticed have nice long manes and tails. I know 3 (2 ottbs) have LONG and thick manes and tails. Very purdy XD! I also know a paint that is more TB than paint that has a long thick mane like a reiner.
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