Mane and tail WANT to be dreads!

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  • Why does my horses mane turn under?
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    03-31-2011, 02:56 PM
Mane and tail WANT to be dreads!

Immediately after washing, my horse's mane and tail start to curl into long ringlets, kind of like dreads. I brush it out while wet, and try to separated all the locks, but one swish and it collects again. Her mane isn't quite as bad, as it's pretty short, but it also has the tendency, especially on the bottom layer closest to her neck. Suggestions to try to keep it all separated in strands and straight?
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    03-31-2011, 03:19 PM
There's nothing really to be done about it. My Caleb is part Percheron and has an insanely curly tail. Trying to comb the ringlets out of a horses hair is about as useful as trying it on a human (it just winds up "poofed"). One good thing about the curls is that they help prevent the hair from getting damaged.
    03-31-2011, 03:50 PM
Well... My mare has a wavy tail and I personally love the way it looks when it's brushed out. However, it does love to turn into dreads if it isn't brushed out constantly.

I keep it braided constantly - from a couple inches below the tailbone to about four inches above the end. I find that the shorter the braided section is, the longer the braid will stay looking nice. When stray hairs start sticking out of the braided section, you start to see a lot of damage and thinning. And you always want to start the braid a couple inches below the tail bone so the braid stays loose and doesn't pull out the hairs from the root.

When I take out her braid (which I redo every 2-7 days, depending on how it looks), it looks nice and wavy but not dready. All the hairs are separated.

Here's her tail just unbraided and brushed:

And here it is in dreads:
    04-01-2011, 04:10 AM
I have no help for the OP, -- but Cloud --- What a beautiful horse!
    04-01-2011, 04:30 AM
A small (useless perhaps) question: I've read "BO" and "OP" several times... Do they mean "Barn Owner" and "Original Post"?

And BTW is By The Way?

Beautiful horse! As for the hair, I don't really know, my horse's mane and tail don't really tend to get tangled and dread-like.
    04-01-2011, 07:29 AM
Stephnello - "BO" is Barn Owner and "OP" is Original Post. BTW(btw) does stand for "by the way" or can also mean "between" depending on were it is used.

CloudsMystique - You do have a beautiful horse!!!

My mare's tail is also long and thick and will curl into dread locks when I don't keep it combed out. She can really grow a tail!!
    04-01-2011, 08:59 AM
Have you ever tried the product called Cowboy Magic Detangle and Shine. I use it even on my own curly hair. It works like a charm. And if you happen to get a little much just towel off any excess. I apply to wet or dry hair.
    04-01-2011, 03:56 PM
Thank you very much candandy49!
    04-01-2011, 04:46 PM
I do use cowboy magic, usually just after bathing. Does it help prevent the dreads if you use it every day?
    04-01-2011, 09:53 PM
Thanks stephnello and candandy49 : )

BrewCrew - That should help some by making the hairs softer and less likely to stick together. You can also try a heavier product made for black women's hair, like Pink. That could help separate and straighten the hairs even more.

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