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        02-26-2013, 11:21 AM
      #11
    Started
    If you use MTG use gloves unless you don't mind smelling like a camp fire... it will stay smelling even after several washes.... I am going to start using it on cody again it does work well
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        02-26-2013, 11:36 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    I always thought it smelled like lanolin. Yay stinky sheep smelling horses with fabulous manes and tails!
         
        02-26-2013, 01:05 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Woohoo! I'm so happy for all the ideas! Brandy's mane does need to be a bit thicker, and Annie's is pretty small but appys aren't known for their manes/tales anyways...All well, this one will be! Haha
         
        02-26-2013, 05:00 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    As DraftAiresMum eluded to and her explaination points out it has a LOT to do with genetics.

    My two are cousins and both have long, very thick manes and tails to the ground (they've pulled out hair by stepping on it), but only the older one has long forelocks. They are treated the same, but even though they're cousins they still have some genetic differences.

    I've had people ask me how I got their hair so long, (they're using over the counter and even home made stuff) but the answer isn't what they hope to hear. Genetics and diet. One you have no choice about and the other just provides the max potential (but won't make it grow better than what the genetics provide for).
    The only thing you can do is take care of the hair and don't damage it. I use coconut oil on their mane, because it's healthy for the hair and makes it look good (and it's absorbed, so I don't need to remove it ), but it doesn't make it grow. I start at the bottom, holding the hair above and brush it (with the oil) from bottom to top using a flexible (metal tines in a rubber base) brush. Keeps me from pulling out hair and reduces breakage.
    Just keep it healthy, cut down on breakage and avoid pulling them out. You'll eventually get longer hair, but there's no "quick fix" or way around the genetics.
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        02-26-2013, 06:16 PM
      #15
    Trained
    I always found MTG to smell like bacon bits.

    I would suggest NOT brushing it daily - it tends to get pulled and broken a lot doing that.
    This is my guy, and I do hardly any maintenance on it. Every once in awhile I spray with Vetrolin, let it soak, and brush it out gently but other then he's just natural.

    It's important to remember, also, that a horse won't grow a long mane and/or tail without proper nourishment. You need to also nourish from inside out. Rice bran oil works well, with a well balanced diet with good protein.
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        02-26-2013, 09:21 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Oh my gosh...if he goes missing don't look in washington!
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        03-03-2013, 11:11 PM
      #17
    Foal
    My horse pepper had wisps of a mane, compared to my other horse, who is not competed on usually, who has a long, sleek, thick, lushious mane and tail. I bought a bunch of horse stuff and made sure to order some. I had heard about it earlier, but had no need to have it.
         
        03-04-2013, 06:43 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Would the MTG be useful on a cobs feathers or just on main and tails?
         
        03-04-2013, 08:53 PM
      #19
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Kreft123    
    Would the MTG be useful on a cobs feathers or just on main and tails?
    I beleive it would be worth a shot on feathers... it is meant to nourish the skin, that will in turn help growth and condition of the skin products (hair, feathers, even eylashes or nails)


    Conditioning and picking through hair(not pulling) will help also
         
        05-07-2013, 03:26 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Start feeding BioMane!! I feed it to all my horses and it's the best thing I've used. Beats MTG by a long shot. I get it off their website biomane.com, they're good about getting it to you fast too.
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