Long mane?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Grooming

Long mane?

This is a discussion on Long mane? within the Horse Grooming forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category

    Like Tree7Likes
    • 4 Post By verona1016
    • 3 Post By SueC

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        06-18-2014, 08:21 PM
      #1
    Foal
    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.
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        06-18-2014, 08:34 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    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.
         
        06-18-2014, 08:55 PM
      #3
    Foal
    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
         
        06-18-2014, 10:19 PM
      #4
    Started
    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.
    Remali, Chevaux and KigerQueen like this.
         
        06-18-2014, 10:23 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    I've never thought of it that way!
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        06-18-2014, 10:48 PM
      #6
    Foal
    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.
         
        06-18-2014, 11:59 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    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
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        06-19-2014, 03:46 AM
      #8
    Started
    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.
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    How to trim a long mane? CinderEve Horse Grooming 10 02-27-2012 07:30 PM
    Maintaining a long mane aggiegirl14 Horse Grooming 3 12-30-2011 03:38 AM
    Long mane? VanillaBean Eventing 19 01-09-2011 06:18 PM
    Long mane... CloudsMystique Horse Showmanship 11 10-10-2010 04:29 PM
    Long, long, REALLY LONG mane: what's the secret? banoota Horse Grooming 50 09-28-2009 09:48 AM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:25 PM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0