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post #1 of 5 Old 07-27-2013, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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My horse has a fairly long mane that is not pulled. Are there any ways I could plait it so that she looks neat and it doesn't get tangled?
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-27-2013, 03:56 PM
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I wouldn't leave a horse's mane braided, especially if they are being turned out every day. Too much chance to get the braids snagged on something and have a large chunk of mane missing.

Daily brushing, and 'no more tangles' spray, or other detangler product would be your best bet.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-27-2013, 05:54 PM
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You could try a running braid (basically just a french braid)? Works for Friesans like the one in the video with a 4ft mane

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze37iE-6eg8

There's a bit of silly-ness at the beginning, if you just want to skip to the educational part it starts at ~2:25
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I would simply section her mane off in four or so (depending on how thick her mane is) sections and do very loose regular braids. Or a running braid, although I have found that no matter what, my running braids NEVER stay put when the horse is turned out. At all.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-28-2013, 01:04 PM
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I leave my horse's mane in a running braid pretty much all the time and haven't had any problems with it falling out, getting snagged, or anything like that. But, my horse's mane is REALLY long (like 2-1/2 feet) I cut it back to about 18" last winter and did notice it would start getting loose faster at that length.

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