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post #1 of 5 Old 04-01-2011, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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roaching my horses mane

So after show season last year, i roached my horses mane (it was uneven and bleached out and basically just nasty haha) anyways, it was the first time i've done it, and its growing back super slowly. so my question is: its not going to be long enough to "flop over" by show season, and its way to short to braid, so is there anything i can do to make it lie flat for shows and such?
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-01-2011, 10:36 PM
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I roached my gelding's mane last fall also. He had half of it rubbed out, so there was no way to save it. His has grown back to about 4". In Western classes you can band the mane to stay down. Not sure if it is OK in English classes.

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I was using MTG on my mares rain rot and while i was at it i put some on her tail, i swear it grew 3" in less then a month! and i only used the mtg on it twice(once a week for 2 weeks) maybe you can try that to get it to grow out a bit?
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-02-2011, 11:42 PM
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The quarter horse circuit is actually favoring roached manes now in shows believe it or not. because of sleazys rubbing manes out, a lot of people roach now to save the hassle in banding and braiding. at congress this year i seen many roached manes in both types of classes. judges will not take points away even in showmanship.
but weird thing is we still put in fake tails, go figure!
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-03-2011, 09:52 AM
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ACK!!!, roached manes becoming the norm even in the Quarter Horse Show circuits!! As most of you who have roached your horse's manes are finding out the exact reason why I don't like to do it and never have. The only way to make a roached mane to look good is to keep it roached if ever done just the first/one time. After that it takes a long,long time to get a nice full growth of a mane. When new mane growth starts out it goes "straight up" from the base of the crest of the neck.

Equestrian0263 - I reckon your going to have to keep roaching your horse's mane since you want to show with this new Show Season. However, you might try banding it. Good Luck and Best Wishes..
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