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post #1 of 8 Old 06-12-2014, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Scraggly Mane Syndrome

My bay QH/Paint (solid) mare, Dancer, pulled her mane out in a barbed-wire fence a long time ago, before I acquired her last December. It's started growing back some, but her mane is still very short and uneven, and it's growing very slowly. Summer is upon us, and the flies are out. Her mane isn't protecting her neck from those nasty li'l buggers, and I've always loved a nice long mane... Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can help her mane to grow longer, preferably quickly? Any help is much appreciated. Thanks!
-Dancer & Boo
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-12-2014, 10:17 AM
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Maybe you can try MTG, I've used it in the last and it seemed to help it grow. His mane went from being roached to mid-neck in about 8 months, with regular trimming too. But I think it smells pretty weird, and my gelding always made weird faces when I put it on him, like a kid when his mom rubs dirt off his face with her thumbs. It's really greasy, so use it sparingly. It also collects dirt pretty easily because it's greasy.
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Yeah, I've heard a lot about that. I'll have to see if I can get my hands on some... Thanks for the advice!
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Be sure to do a small spot test with the MTG before you use it on the whole mane as there are a log of horses who are allergic to it. If yours is, you could potentially cause the mare to rub out the rest of the mane trying to scratch, or just have it fall out altogether. I haven't used MTG, but I like coconut oil and massaging it into the skin at the base of the mane once a week will help stimulate growth and keep the hair conditioned and strong. Good luck! Mane rubbing is frustrating!
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-12-2014, 04:09 PM
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MTG is amazing stuff, sometimes takes a while to work, very smelly and dirty stuff especially in white manes. But iv seen it do miracles even scars years old go away after applying it. One of my horses is positively terrified of it, if she smells it she is getting out of there immediately, even broke a lead rope one day. Not sure why and she has the worst mane of them all
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-12-2014, 09:35 PM
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in addition to the great advice on here, avoid brushing it too often because that causes split ends and the hair breaks off. a lot of length can get lost this way!
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-13-2014, 12:45 PM
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If you want to try MTG, look for MTG Plus. Same stuff, but smells better

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post #8 of 8 Old 06-19-2014, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, especially about the MTG Plus. She HATES bad/strong-smelling things--even the fly-spray! I'll see if I can get my hands on some.
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