Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Washington State
Mane wind knot question
Hello! So I have a question...
I keep my mare's mane braided, as she can get *really* bad wind knots if she is left undone. But the past few weeks, with all the shedding and bugs coming out she had been rubbing/catching her topmost braids on the hay boxes in her pasture, causing one braid to actually get a whole third of it pulled out (yikes!) once (it wasn't too tight). Because of that, now I have taken to doing what I call 'Jasmine ponytails' (like the Disney movie), where I just spray with detangler, comb them, and then put 2 diff rubber bands in same tail, a few inches apart.
The problem is that she still manages to get those kinda rubbed up and twisted all funny most every day I go up to the barn to see her, along with more than normal amounts of mane hairs coming out with each combing. She has her fly mask, and gets sprayed aside from that.
She seems to have a normal amount of mane (even though she is half Appy), and its super long- it goes to her shoulder+ when brushed straight.
My husband thinks I should just cut her mane fairly short, and that would stop the knots and twists she gets in the ponytails. So that is my question- would trimming/cutting her mane (which has never been done to my knowledge) help it any? Or would she still be just as prone to the knots and twists?
Sorry that got so long, figured it was all relevant information! :) Thanks for hanging on till the end and for any help you have!