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post #1 of 13 Old 08-10-2010, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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Training the mane?

So Tiger's mane falls to the other side close to his withers.. I've tried to train it to fall to the same side as the rest of the mane by banding it. Is this the best way? Because I banded it to the side I want it to fall and it stayed that way until the bands rotted and fell out. About a month and a half maybe? I keep forgetting to band it back.. but it didn't seem to do anything. How long does it take to train a mane? Should I do something different?

One thing I've learned working with horses: You can FORCE a horse to do something on a tight rein and he might do what you ask or you can TEACH a horse to do something on a loose rein and he will do it willingly with his heart.
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-10-2010, 07:17 PM
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If he is rugged id use a skinny hood, that will keep the mane flat against whatever side of the neck you want.
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post #3 of 13 Old 08-10-2010, 09:35 PM
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I have horses with everywhere manes. I tried for years-yes train my draft crosses mane-I even tied washers to it for weight, heavy duty matter what I have done, it goes back to looking like he is someones orphan child. :) Have let it grow out-same thing. New guy-same thing.......I'm destined to having scruffy boys I am afraid. When I show I either paste it down (temporarily) with gel, plait it-or-sometimes just say-oh well.

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post #4 of 13 Old 08-10-2010, 09:39 PM
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I agree with the skinny hood. I've had to use it in the past and it worked for me, so maybe it'll work for you! Good luck!
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post #5 of 13 Old 08-14-2010, 12:30 PM
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I "re trained" two horses manes and I did it by braiding them. What worked for me was to braid one baid to the next, split the hair in two and braid that hair to the next one, so that created one big net. It took me ten minutes and her hair from the mane resulted in only one piece.
I was trying to find a picture of it, but couldn`t find it. I kept it like that for about two weeks and wetted the hair every two days or so.
If I find a picture of it I will posted because I don`t know if I am clear, and it sounds complicated but it was very simple.

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post #6 of 13 Old 08-14-2010, 12:45 PM
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I washed mine and french braided it while wet. The braid came out naturally in a few hours and the mane stayed on one side
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post #7 of 13 Old 08-14-2010, 03:09 PM
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@ arasumi :
do you refer at this type of braiding?
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post #8 of 13 Old 08-14-2010, 06:00 PM
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YAP!!!! only mine did not look that nice
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I braid the entire mane and in the places where it falls wrong I would use vetwrap to bind it to the "right" sided mane.
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post #10 of 13 Old 08-15-2010, 03:22 PM
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I am just curious, what is vet wrap?
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