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    01-13-2009, 01:45 PM
Red face Mane Question

Hello, I am new here and this is my first post.

I just recently acquired a new horse. He is about 6 years old and a Blue Roan Appaloosa. His mane parts down the middle and falls on both sides of his neck??? I've never seen a horse with hair like this. He reminds me of Don King. LOL He also has extremely dry flakes along the base of the mane. What can I put on it now to help it out? Do they make Head and Shoulders for horses? LOL Please help.

Is there anyway to fix this? Should I cut it really short and hope it decides to grow the correct way?

I also have a totally off the wall question. I've been lurking around and saw a few pictures where the horses from the neck up are shaved short and the rest of the hair is the winter coat??? Is this for a reason? I don't mean to sound dumb. Just curious.
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    01-13-2009, 02:00 PM
Hey Welcome!

I have a pinto gelding and his mane does the same thing, parts halfway down his neck. I have tried to get it all on one side with limited success. I would wash it and braid it on one side then put a slinky on it to hold it down some more. I would leave it over night and it would probably last for a day but back to split then next :S I don't think roaching it will help much, it would just grow back the same.
As for the dry skin I use a human antidandruff conditioner with good results before.

Here is a pic of kai's mane ignore my legs... but his mane does this big swirl where it parts.
    01-13-2009, 02:04 PM
I have left my horses manes braided for about two weeks at a time and that usually cures my problem. I put oil in their mane when they have dry flakes.
    01-13-2009, 03:37 PM
When I said parts down the middle, I mean completely parts down the middle like Moe on the 3 Stooges. Craziest thing I've ever seen.
What kind of oil do you use?
    01-13-2009, 04:09 PM
I use MTG and have had lots of luck with it! You can find it nearly anywhere. I got mine locally at a tractor supply.
    01-13-2009, 05:38 PM
Continuously braid it to the side you want it on and leave it that way. It takes a long time but you can train the mane to lay one way or another. I leave the braids in as long as I can which is generally 1-2 weeks before I have to redo them. Just make sure there is nothing he can catch them on/in or you may end up with no mane at all.

If you do not mind him having no mane you can keep it roached off and then you do not ever have to worry about brushing or braiding it.

MTG works good for dry flaky skin, but also makes the hair grow. I have used healthy haircare moisturizer with great luck also right along the base of the mane for dandruff.

As for the pictures with their head/neck shaved in winter. Most of this is because the horse sweats and people will shave where the horse does all of it's sweating to reduce the drying time and discomfort to the horse of having wet sweaty hair in the winter. If it is a miniature horse with their head/neck shaved in the winter there is a good chance that it probably just came from an auction or the owner was selling it. Miniature horse people will shave a head and neck to show it off for a horse that they are trying to sell because they are furry little monsters in the winter and you can never tell what their face looks like
    01-13-2009, 05:50 PM
I'd recommend getting some MTG for sure- it really does work very well. :) & maybe some conditioner too.
    01-13-2009, 06:48 PM
head and shoulders work good for flakes I've seen people use it it works realy whell. Im going to use it one outlaw because he's flaking from hair spray and hair gel I use on him for shows
    01-13-2009, 08:57 PM
Welcome to the forum! I like MTG for all things mane and tail. It's pretty good stuff and it works for a bunch of different issues.

I happen to be the resident roach-a-holic. I love a roached mane. If you're boy has the neck to pull off that look, I'd say go for it. ( I will be jumped by the anti-roach gang for this... hehehe )

Braiding and training the mane is the only other way to get it to all lay together.

Good Luck and we'd sure love some pictures!!!
    01-13-2009, 09:11 PM
I happen to be the resident roach-a-holic. I love a roached mane. If you're boy has the neck to pull off that look, I'd say go for it. ( I will be jumped by the anti-roach gang for this... hehehe )
LMAO, That's funny... anti-roach gang...

I like that look too, on certain horses...

But I hope you have the patients to get his mane staightened out because it may be a frusterating time... LOL...

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