I had to do braiding on my girl's mane because she likes to rub against stuff and is ripping her hair out in chunks. It's far thinner than it was a few weeks ago. Which was disheartening because I love love love her mane. So I asked someone on here, who owns the Friesian stallion Teake, what she does with her horses mane. She says she braids it and folds it up twice and then bands it with expensive electric tape. Not to use the cheap stuff because it will melt and get sticky. And she only washes his mane every other week to every three weeks or more or less when needed. So far so good. She hasn't been able to tear any more mane out and the braids are staying in a lot better than with rubber bands. The only time I use dentangler is when I can't get a knot out. I've been using conditioner in her roots and giving her flax seed with her grain.
Have you ever heard of "Healthy hair" ?? Its pretty popular. But if not you should get some you can spray it all over thier mane, tail, and coat, everyday. It wont dry it out, makes it grow thick and shiny. My sister sprays it on her western pleasure show horse everyday! Works good! Hope this helped :)
Just a note. That is NOT my horse. I sampled this first on my Haflinger's mane to make sure it wouldn't pull. When I took it off there was little hair that was pulled out. Most of the hair that was stuck to it was hair that was already loose. I was really careful when I pulled it off but I didn't need to be because it came off really easily. I took a picture of her all braided up today because I got on her for the first time. But I have no downloaded it yet. I'll post pics of her mane though. Just to show you what I'm talking about.
This is when I left it unbraided.
I asked around and someone told me that they kept their horses mane braided but he was stalled. So I decided to give it a try.
But she would tear out the braids and break off her mane. Not sure how well you can see it in this picture.
See all the lose hair? BUT when I kept it braided it looked like this unbraided.
Which is WAY better than what it looked like when I didn't keep it braided. And it didn't get as tangled. She would seriously get twigs, hay, bugs and all sorts of stuff tangled in her mane. She's had the electric tape in her hair for about three days now and there are hardly any loose hairs. I'll let you guys know how her mane looks in about a week and a half because I'm going to take it down and make sure that this way is working.
Downloaded the pics but most of them were taken too far away to tell anything. Her is her forelock. I couldn't keep it braided at all before. She would rip it out and some of her hair. This is the longest it's remained braided.