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    02-09-2014, 09:00 PM
Count your blessings with that wispy forelock. I swear my qh has a tail growing out of his forehead that is always in need to thinning or shortening and combing so it doesn't tangle. It will grow past the nose band on a halter which is unusual for a qh.
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    02-10-2014, 07:31 AM
Yeah-my friends mare has a teeny wisp…..just the way it is with some. So, mine, who has a "tail growing out of his head" donates some extra care to give his girlfriend a bit of a weave for shows. Fake forelock. Just like fake tails. About the only solution sometimes.
And since this is her daddy, most likely not from his gene pool!
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    02-10-2014, 01:03 PM
You could always braid it to preserve what little is there. XD
    02-10-2014, 01:45 PM
Has she got appy in her at all. I've been told they have thin manes and tails. My mare has the tail. I left it for 6 months to grow then used 2 bottles of mane and tail conditioner to get it nice, but it's let than her hocks now.
    02-10-2014, 02:07 PM
My geldings is even more pathetic then that....after 2 years I've given up on it and have come to love it lol.
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    02-10-2014, 02:34 PM
Well, the chances are "it is what it is."
Lovely head, by the way.
    02-10-2014, 03:16 PM
Originally Posted by LoveMyTBPacha    
The title says it all. I use MTG, and I'm careful not to brush hard pulling hairs out. Is this as good as it's going to get? LOL.

There's nothing to put on it that's going to get it to grow faster or give you more hair. People have been selling things to grow hair on eggs for centuries, but the eggs are still bald (so save your money).

They have how ever many hair follicles they have and that's all their going to have.
Diet can have some impact, but not really to speed it up unless the diet is already slowing it down and then a better diet is just going to allow it to grow as much as it would normally.
There is only one thing that gives horses more (or less) hair and that's genetics so you really have no control over what the potential growth is going to ever be.
My current two come from much the same genetic pool (common grandfathers and great grandmothers from the mothers....same great grandfather father's side). They are first cousins maternally and second cousins paternally. One has massive (a real handful of hair) forelocks with some hair reaching her nostrils at times while the other has maybe half as much hair on her forelock and it's maybe 6-8 inches long. They both have massive manes and tails to the ground (the one with the short forelock has the slightly thicker mane and tail) They're closely related, same diet and same care, but you can't change the genetics they're born with.

Now all that being said, there are things you can do that will over time (a LONG time) can help some.
Diet and good health is the only way to reach whatever their max potential is. Coconut oil is great for the health of the hair. I won't make it grow faster or thicker (nothing will), but it helps for healthy hair and you don't have to wash it out (it gets absorbed). You're only real option (beyond diet and health) is to cut down on loss (hairs pulled out or broken) which is what all these "wonder" products are actually hoping to do (while claiming their helping "grow" hair) by making the hair slick.
Comb it out carefully (the oil helps here too by making it slick to help work out tangles and comb smoothly). Separate what you can by hand. For combing/brushing start near the ends and grasp the hair above it (to prevent pulling hairs out) and gently comb it out to cut down on breakage.
Sorry, but you're not going to see a lot of quick results. If the genes say the hair is going to grow 1" a year nothing is going to change that. It will be the best you can hope for so the best you can do is protect that 1".


You can spend money on MTG and other products and convince yourself that any progress you see is the result of using those products .
(If you feel you MUST buy something to make you think the hair will grow more I suggest tea tree least it is good for the skin and kills fungus, while it won't grow the hair and probably isn't needed for all that skin, it does at least have a useful, although probably not needed, function )
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    02-11-2014, 12:18 AM
Originally Posted by its lbs not miles    


You can spend money on MTG and other products and convince yourself that any progress you see is the result of using those products .

Hhahahaa, this made me laugh. I think this is what I've been doing. Oh well, I will just give in to it being what it is :)
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    02-11-2014, 10:46 AM
Originally Posted by LoveMyTBPacha    
Hhahahaa, this made me laugh. I think this is what I've been doing. Oh well, I will just give in to it being what it is :)
Don't get discouraged about it though .

You can end up with more forelock over time if you take care of it.
In addition to the other items I mentioned you can avoid combing it very often. Always use something like coconut oil when you do comb it. Always work out everything can, as gently as you can, with your fingers before putting a comb or brush to it.

While it might be thin and slow growing it is still growing. So what ever hair isn't broken or removed will continue to gain length at whatever speed it's intended to.

If you look at my youngest in 2011 when she was a 3 year old filly
Kit head1.jpg

and then about a year and a half later

You can see that with just some basic care (coconut oil, about 4 combings a year done with hair saving procedures) he forelock went from just have a couple of hairs that went as far down as her eyes, to a the largest portion of her hair being just long enough to cover her eye (not the greatest photo's, but you should be able to make it out). That was probably close to 4 inches, but it took over 18 months to get there. Not that I cared, but everyone was wanting her to look like my older mare (her cousin)

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Who I actually trim at times, because it grows so fast. (they both get their tails trimmed since they'll reach the ground every year).

But there's nothing wrong with how your mare looks now. She's a lovely animal and looks to have a darker, gray mane which, because of her color, should be strikingly attractive if it grows out with some length.
    02-11-2014, 12:18 PM
^Wow! Look at that pretty mane! It's enough to make /me/ jealous ;)

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