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post #1 of 13 Old 09-04-2010, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Mane Bags?

I was looking at Divo's mane, which is wonderfully long and pretty...for all of a few inches. Then it gets short and rather icky looking. This is caused from time spent in a stall, bored out of his skull, so he chewed his hair instead.
Now...he's happily roaming about 3 acres all by himself and gets played with on a pretty much daily basis. No more boredom! But...still a icky looking mane.

I really want to show him next year, but I can't with his two-length mane! I fret over braids, he might end up chewing on them out of habit. Or get sun/wind damaged in general. I then remember Toadstool sold ManeBags for keeping manes protected so that they can grow. Divo has weirdly fast growing hair, which is really lovely.

But at $50 for a set of 8, I'd rather take the time out and make them myself, thank you

So...anyone ever used/touched/felt a mane bag before? I'm seriously considering making a few sets, since I have a working sewing machine. I'm thinking about using them on Loki to maybe coax a little more growth out of his mane. After Red and Baby are off to their new homes, he'll be alone in his pasture. My new guy is getting a personal pasture and Divo's keeping his. Loki's notorious for ripping manes out >_>

It's so pitiful looking It's a wee bit longer normally when it's not as wavy and slightly tucked up. I was trying a leather halter out on him to see if it fit well or not :)

After I braided and tied up his mane:

Wait! I'll fix it....

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post #2 of 13 Old 09-05-2010, 12:09 AM
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I ve never heard of mane bags!!! they sound good, but expensive, i bet if you google it you could find a patturn.

I like to braid manes to get them to grow, but i agree, sometimes i worry about them getting chewed off. if hes by himself though, i cant imagine him chewing them off himself, maybe rubbing them...

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I've never used mane bags, but I'm in the process of making a braid-in tail bag. I'm using some old stretchy book covers. If I remember right they were about $2 each. If you were ambitious, it could be a fun project and much cheaper than buying them!

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post #4 of 13 Old 09-06-2010, 04:43 PM
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I just looked at their website Toadstool Farm Art ManeBags - For fairytale horses with fairytale manes, and they look like they would be pretty simple to make. But I've often wondered why someone couldn't rag a mane like you do a tail, just make the piece of cloth not as wide or as long. I think I may give it a try.
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We used to rag my trainers horses mains and it worked great! My geldings main is kept short but I am going to start ragging Sonata's main and tail threw the winter so she doesn't do something stupid to it for spring shows. We used cut up bed sheets...looked all kindsa crappy up but it worked and was cheep.

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post #6 of 13 Old 09-09-2010, 11:07 PM
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I got these ones for $23...

Horse Mane Sox

If you don't want to spend that much, you could use vetwrap as long as he isn't getting his mane wet. If he is getting it wet, you could try waterproofing it with some kind of plastic over the vetwrap.

I really like my mane bags. They keep the hairs nice and smooth so I don't have to rebraid as often.
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post #7 of 13 Old 02-03-2012, 11:44 AM
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I've got the cheapest answer for this... I went to CVS and bought a box of 5 pairs of knee-high stockings in black. Then I cut a slit down each one from the top (open part) about half way down. After braiding, I'd stuff the braid into the bottom part, then use the split top to tie it. I tied it according to the instructions on Toadstool Farm's site. Only cost me $4 for 10 of them, and stockings are very gentle on the hair!
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Hey, how did you tie your horses mane up like that? I wanna try that.

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post #9 of 13 Old 02-04-2012, 11:12 AM
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I use childrens size tube socks. Turned inside out so the hair doesn't get any fuzz in it.


Those photos show how I braid, roll & sock.
Not sure if that link will work from my phone, I think the album is public.
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i want my horses mane to grow
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