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  • Do i have to take out the braids from my horse's mane?
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    07-05-2011, 11:40 PM
  #1
Yearling
My horse's mane.

Savanna's mane is very long and thick as well as naturally wavy. I don't like braiding manes for two reasons: I don't like the way they look, and I HATE tedious braiding. However, I am moving away from dry-combing Sav's mane and am now spraying it with detangler and picking debris (mostly hay) out of it.

Here're my questions.

Should I braid her mane in large, loose braids daily, only undoing the braids to clean the mane? If I don't run my fingers through it or mess with it, the longest part of her mane will tangle make a knot. But I try not to brush it. Should I condition and braid it while it's still damp? How often should I undo the braids?

Here's Savanna's mane (the best shots I have - I'll get more soon!)





Any tips about making her tail look thicker would be welcomed as well! :)
     
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    07-06-2011, 03:16 AM
  #2
Weanling
I would honestly refrain from braiding it. When it's braided, it's harder for the natural oils to run down the length of the mane, therefor making it brittle and breakable. JMO.

But if I had to, I would brush it out wet, and then do big loose-ish braids.
If it's kept braided, then you're probably safer just undoing them and brushing her mane out weekly or so.
     
    07-06-2011, 07:30 AM
  #3
Yearling
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Originally Posted by DejaVu    
I would honestly refrain from braiding it. When it's braided, it's harder for the natural oils to run down the length of the mane, therefor making it brittle and breakable. JMO.

But if I had to, I would brush it out wet, and then do big loose-ish braids.
If it's kept braided, then you're probably safer just undoing them and brushing her mane out weekly or so.

Well right now it's dry and brittle - that's why I was considering braiding it, so I could get it conditioned and healthy. I forgot to mention that, lol. I have a special conditioner to wash it with and then some leave-in conditioner - I was going to wash it, condition it, and braid it while it was damp so the moisture would lock in. I did something similar the day I brought her to the new barn. I left the braids in for a few hours and when I took them out her mane was still damp. I just wonder what the long-term effects of doing damp, loose braids and conditioning it would be ... I really want her mane to be healthy!
     
    07-06-2011, 08:30 AM
  #4
Weanling
Aww, she is so pretty!

I just started using that "M-T-G" stuff that I hear so much about...you know what I am talking about? Mane Tail Groom?? I just started with it, so I cannot vouch for it, but about once a week I put it in the roots of the mare's mane and also rub it into her tailbone real good. I spray leave in conditioner on her mane and braid it in a running braid (see the thread I started a while ago, it is just a few threads down right now...called "braiding horse's mane just to keep cool?") and sometimes I let it out for a few days, then I braid it up again.
     
    07-06-2011, 08:37 AM
  #5
Yearling
Mtg is really good for daily use. Put gloves on when you do it or your hands will smell like old bacon grease for days no matter how often you wash them, lol. Keep an eye on the mane for a few days after you start using it because it made my boy's roots really flaky, but works great in his tail.
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    07-06-2011, 08:56 AM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by SEAmom    
Mtg is really good for daily use. Put gloves on when you do it or your hands will smell like old bacon grease for days no matter how often you wash them, lol. Keep an eye on the mane for a few days after you start using it because it made my boy's roots really flaky, but works great in his tail.
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I have a bottle of Wen hair solution (by Chaz Dean). It's too heavy for my hair, and I thought I'd try it on Savanna. The person who created it even uses it on his dog. It's supposed to preserve natural oils and keep the scalp moisturized. I looked up MTG and I might try that too if the Wen doesn't work. I also have a leave-in conditioner by Wen. I use Mane-n-Tail detangler. I am going to take some photos of her mane and tail and do a "progress" thing.
     
    07-06-2011, 03:55 PM
  #7
Weanling
LMAO...SEAmom...yes yes yes! Old bacon grease! It is so gross and I could NOT get that smell off of my hands!!! Barf!
     
    07-07-2011, 02:10 AM
  #8
Weanling
For the tail, Wash it and plait it, works an absolute treat and the tail DOES get thicker! - I leave mine in for 1 week and they take it out, brush it and plait it back up.

As for the mane, maybe do the same thing in sections, loosely? :)
I always have my horses rugged (hoods, the lot, head to toe) and never have a problem with manes, long or short!, I am not much help!
     
    07-07-2011, 09:05 PM
  #9
Yearling
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Originally Posted by JustAwesome    
For the tail, Wash it and plait it, works an absolute treat and the tail DOES get thicker! - I leave mine in for 1 week and they take it out, brush it and plait it back up.

As for the mane, maybe do the same thing in sections, loosely? :)
I always have my horses rugged (hoods, the lot, head to toe) and never have a problem with manes, long or short!, I am not much help!
You actually helped me a lot! I washed Savanna's tail yesterday and started to braid it, then decided not to because I wasn't sure if it would help. I think I want to wait till I get a tailbag though, since I don't want her to get the braid caught on something and rip it off! What a nightmare that would be!

Here is Savanna after one day of "work". Yesterday I thoroughly washed her mane and tail and braided her mane in loose braids. I left them in until this evening, and then I removed them to wash it again. Thoughts?






Ignore the forelock. It needs some individual attention. LOL
     
    07-07-2011, 10:38 PM
  #10
Weanling
I wouldn't worry too much about the plait getting caught, In the 10+ years we have done it, never had an issue! I use tail bags when I can be bothered but always have the tail plaited inside!

The mane in the new photos looks more under control, I'd keep it plaited for 4-5 days and then take it out and see how you go, don't be upset if hair comes out (natural shedding) it just doesn't have anywhere to move while it's plaited.

Always loose plaits too :)
     

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