Try banding the mane if you don't want to spend the money on a mane tamer. I am in the process of banding my app's mane and its working really well. Her mane was short to begin with but I don't think a longer mane would be a problem. A tip to when banding, to make Rainbow's mane stay on the side you want, tighten them by pulling on the underneath. I found out that tip today and did it on her mane and it made such a HUGE difference. Hope this helped
I didn't read through all the responses, but I've found that when I'm done riding and my horse has been squirted off, I comb his mane over and lay a towel over his neck and tuck the edges under his halter and let him stand to dry. It's worked wonders for some very mishapped looking horsies!
The key is to consistency, with whatever method you choose..... it won't fix itself in one shot. Sadly, it's an ongoing battle for some!!
I didn't expect it to be a one time thing for her mane. I have banded it and it worked really well, and I also put a skinny hood on her (without her mane being banded) and that too is working wonders. I didnt want to leave it banded because her mane was all in little sections and I wanted it to look like its naturally like that. In the cooler weather, I'll keep her hood on her, but in the warmer weather I'll take it off.
Ok, some of you have seen Rainbow so maybe you can help. For those that haven't seen him, I'll add a couple here.
The thing is, half of his mane lays on one side and half lays on the other. I think it is pretty but no one else has a horse that I have seen do this. Does anyone know how I can make it all go to one side? It was this way when I got him. I hate to cut it and it still grow in this way. No to mention I hate to cut it at all. Any ideas anyone?
Anyone know how to get the knots out of his tail up top?
In this one you can see where it splits, right down the middle.
i keep my horses tail braided at the top to stop it getting knotty. Also helps stop hair breakage if they rub their tail.
As already said, no knots works wonders if needed. However, I have started using a spray bottle filled with water and conditioner. I do this to the bottom pf the tail and the mane everyday and I have no probs