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post #1 of 8 Old 07-07-2012, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Short Manes! >:|

Two of my horses just looove to eat through the fence, which rubs their mane off. I reeeally want their manes long and pretty again, but I'm trying to avoid MTG because it's greasy and it smells. Lol suggestions??

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-07-2012, 11:04 PM
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From personal experience (and it is totally personal preference)... my horse's mane was uneven, there was an uneven patch and I'm not exactly sure why.. long in most places and then a short patch... I used the SoloComb tool (a non-pulling pulling method hehe) and evened her mane out completely. It is now longer but still short, growing out more than the first "haircut", and I honestly am so pleased with the shorter mane. Like I said, totally personal preference. Some people really love the long mane and others really love the short. I find both absolutely beautiful, but now I'm a sucker for the shorter manes. Don't worry -- manes do grow out! (:

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post #3 of 8 Old 07-07-2012, 11:50 PM
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If its not to uneven you could try some cowboy magic detangler and shine and some elbow grease to braid it.=) I keep my gelding Shaggy's braided from time to time to help grow it out.He got a chunk up his his chewed off by another horse! Just take it down at the end of the week and rebraid. Also helps tame the mane to one side if you need.

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post #4 of 8 Old 07-07-2012, 11:53 PM
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Have you addressed the fence issue? If not, there's not going to be much point to putting your time and effort into restoring the manes as they'll soon be rubbed out again. A nice strand of hot wire is a great tool for curing a fence respect issue - aside from being a hazard to the mane, it is also a safety concern.
I'd even the manes up (ie the solo comb suggestion above) and just focus on providing good maintenance (nutritional and grooming) all around to promote healthy growth.
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post #5 of 8 Old 07-08-2012, 03:49 AM
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I agree with addressing the fence issue first off. And I know MTG is greasy (smells yummy!), but it works. If you're interested in going an all natural route, here's what I do. I feed my horses flax seed and canola oil in small amounts once daily, wash their manes and tails with a dandruff shampoo mixed with fish-oil and other vitamins, after that's done I condition with olive oil. Olive oil does attract dirt, you can use Coconut oil as well. IF you do go with olive oil, brush carefully, braid and wrap or bag the horses mane/tail once to twice weekly. I've noticed a huge difference in my horses hair, shiny, silkier, longer and moisturized!

PS. Only brush your horse's mane/tail when you rebraid/wrap. Also try to use a paddle brush, I highly recommend the Oster Mane and Tail brush! My horse misplaced mine, so I'm buying a new set.
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If its not to uneven you could try some cowboy magic detangler and shine and some elbow grease to braid it.=) I keep my gelding Shaggy's braided from time to time to help grow it out.He got a chunk up his his chewed off by another horse! Just take it down at the end of the week and rebraid. Also helps tame the mane to one side if you need.
Need to be careful not to leave in braids for too long, it will more than likely backfire in this case. I personally wouldn't leave braids in for a week because they get very itchy and will cause the horse to rub (which makes the situation even worse.)

Just be careful!!

~I also agree with addressing the fence issue! Hot wire or electric tape will do the trick!
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-08-2012, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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We have barbwire, which I've been trying to get my dad to replace for years, but he won't. And he but hotwire up random parts of the fence. > About the solo comb, their manes are even, just short. I don't know why, but I hate short manes...Lol

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Need to be careful not to leave in braids for too long, it will more than likely backfire in this case. I personally wouldn't leave braids in for a week because they get very itchy and will cause the horse to rub (which makes the situation even worse.)

Just be careful!!

~I also agree with addressing the fence issue! Hot wire or electric tape will do the trick!
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true about the itchy part. I found shaggy has such a thick mane it doesn't bother him much lol

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