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    03-30-2012, 12:55 PM
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Yearling
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!
     
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    03-30-2012, 01:21 PM
  #2
Showing
It depends on how much time you want to spend picking out knots. A shorter mane picks out faster than a long one.
     
    03-30-2012, 01:24 PM
  #3
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
It depends on how much time you want to spend picking out knots. A shorter mane picks out faster than a long one.
So I guess that means she will still get the wind knots, no matter the length? The time involved isn't the issue. I don't mind doing it, if I get to keep a long, pretty mane. But if going shorter would almost guarantee no wind knots or twists, or hairs being pulled, it might be worth it. So no quick fix, then huh?! Could always roach it! NOT! :P
Thanks!
     
    03-30-2012, 02:37 PM
  #4
Trained
I've found that while any horse can get wind knots, most of mine with the really thick, coarse manes don't seem to get as bad/many but the really fine manes get allllll knotted up. I just leave them alone til a rainy day when we're all in the barn listening to it pounding on the metal roof, and then I pick them out, WET them down and let them dry before I braid up again, if I do. The real key to keeping them from becoming itchy and having the braids rubbed out is spraying daily with Healthy Hair Care conditioner. Hair Moisturizer, spraying the mane, especially at the roots, daily seems to help with itchies and even on braids it helps to keep the hair moist. Even without braids it helps stop the tangling, especially if you finger comb it daily.
     
    03-31-2012, 09:38 AM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
I've found that while any horse can get wind knots, most of mine with the really thick, coarse manes don't seem to get as bad/many but the really fine manes get allllll knotted up. I just leave them alone til a rainy day when we're all in the barn listening to it pounding on the metal roof, and then I pick them out, WET them down and let them dry before I braid up again, if I do. The real key to keeping them from becoming itchy and having the braids rubbed out is spraying daily with Healthy Hair Care conditioner. Hair Moisturizer, spraying the mane, especially at the roots, daily seems to help with itchies and even on braids it helps to keep the hair moist. Even without braids it helps stop the tangling, especially if you finger comb it daily.
From my limited knowledge, I would agree! We have one gelding at the barn that has a mane to die for! Not as long as my girl's but massively thick- doesn't knot, takes his owner seconds to brush it out, and that is left free and loose! My mare's seems thin, though it thankfully doesn't look it, especially since she is half Appy.
So you think in part it might be an itchy at the base of her mane issue? I will have to look into that conditioner you mention. Gotta check the ingredients though, as my horse is allergic to MTG, but we aren't sure what in it she is allergic to, just that it actually burns her and the hair falls out.
Thanks for the help and the recommendation!
     

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