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        09-21-2013, 11:05 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by DriftingShadow    
    Ugh all this talk about long manes makes me wish I had never touched Drifter's. Here is a pic of how it was, and what it is now. I definitely regret the pulling decision. Definitely. Thankfully he's a fast mane grower. I'm ready for his long locks to be back! OP, your horse is GORGEOUS. Drifters was also very thick when it was long so I would just braid it. It took a while but it kept it from getting too tangled. His was never as long as that gorgeous thing though!

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    you and me both :,(

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        09-22-2013, 05:19 PM
    Originally Posted by pinkpony555    
    I just tried something a bit odd but it seems to be working now for a week- (hope the photos come thru---) I wrapped Grace's long mane in sections with -yes- blue painters tape. (I usually braid+ re-braiding alot.) My next effort will be to use the sticky vet wrap in small sections like the tape...the painters tape is goofy, yes; Anyone try & tell their story, if you test it out ??
    I have a Gypsy Vanner his mane is as long as pinkpony555 I braid it every now and again so that it stays on the right hand side of samson(my horse) as it was on the other side it is also very thick I use small rubber bands on the end to keep them together it is does not leave any thing behind .
        10-01-2013, 05:19 PM
    Never thought of painters tape, it shouldn't leave residue that's why ppl use it. My horse has an incredibly thick wavy long black mane and tail. I had tried leaving braids in while he was turned out after a few ppl recommended it for extra growth, but all that happened was he tried his best to tear every one apart. All I do now is make sure before any brush is used that I give a generous spray with so kind of detangler ( I like absorbine products) and every now and then I use mtg. The mtg works great also to deter a pasture buddy that likes to chew manes.
        10-01-2013, 05:25 PM
    Green Broke
    Long manes if in nice shape are pretty. If you are the one spending hours getting out the knots and snarls.. they are a pain . I am getting ready to go shorten some this week. If my Hubby would not have a hissy fit, I would take out the clippers and everyone would have a nice buzz cut ;) easy peasy .
        10-01-2013, 06:01 PM
    Green Broke
    I think a horse will lose the same amount of hairs regardless if they're braided or not. If their name is loose, the hairs just fall on the ground. But in braids, the hair has no where to go but to stay in the braid ago it looks like they're losing a lot more hair just because the hair couldn't fall to the ground.

    As for my boy, I do nothing to his hair. I braid it loosely in four sections to keep it off his neck. The Texas heat makes him sweat under his mane if I don't braid it. When he snaps the bands, I just rebraid. Sometimes I'll finger comb it, rarely will I use an actual brush on it. When I bathe him, I use my brush that has soft bristles with a sponge in the middle and just brush the shampoo and such on it. Then sometimes I put in some cheap conditioner, let it sit a couple minutes, then rinse it off. He just managed to grow hair almost as fast as he grows his feet. Guess I'm just lucky ;)
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        10-01-2013, 06:47 PM
    Same as Kayella, only time I ever braid Scotty's mane is if it's hot and I want to give him some relief, other than that, a bit of conditioner once in awhile and finger picking out any tangles.

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