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post #1 of 19 Old 02-06-2014, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down Mane goes both directions....

My mare's mane goes both directions. I try to train it to go the right way, but only half wants to fall the right way. I always brush it to the correct side when she's bathed/wet, and I've used mtg in her mane and brush it through (all on one side) but inevitably half her mane flops back over onto the other side again eventually (please see photo).

How do I solve this?

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post #2 of 19 Old 02-06-2014, 06:22 PM
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Fiona's does the same, BLAH!

The only remedy I found that was temporary was thinning sheers and/or braiding to chosen side :/ Especially before a show.

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One of the mares I school on has the same thing going on with her mane! If you've tried all that and it's not working, all I can think of is try a long brain, like a running braid, on the side that you want the mane to fall on. I even heard of some people using human straightening irons on their horses' manes, so that might work too, you never know.

I'd rather this than what happens on the thoroughbred that I used to ride! His mane parted right down the middle! :/
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One of my Morgan's does the same-I leave it completely natural :)
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same with my QH whiskey

i like it that way
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post #6 of 19 Old 02-06-2014, 09:10 PM
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I think you can brush it one way then lay a damp towel over it. Maybe put some hairspray too?

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My old BO used to wash it and use a neck wrap. Just snug enough that it didn't move all over. She'd leave it for a day and the mane stayed that way for a while. Unfortunately I don't think there is a way to fix it forever.
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Originally Posted by Alexandra V View Post
I'd rather this than what happens on the thoroughbred that I used to ride! His mane parted right down the middle! :/


Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I will try a few and see what happens. It's not the biggest deal, but I would like it if it went all one way....I'm just funny that way I guess
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The horse I ride's mane flops to the right for the bottom quarter, flops to either side straight down the middle for the middle quarter, and to the left for the top quarter. At the start of the year I just decide what side I'm going to braid to for the year, and cut and pull her mane in that direction. Last year it was to the right. I think there might be a little more the the right than the left.
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post #10 of 19 Old 02-07-2014, 08:35 AM
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When I have had horses with rebellious manes I would band them to train the hair over. Like this

pulling the underside of the banded hair slightly tighter then the top to not pull the hair out and to keep it from moving to the other side. I did this for weeks and it always worked. Also taking a damp brush daily to smooth the top hairs to the correct side.
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