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post #1 of 4 Old 09-04-2013, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Dry flaky mane?

Hi all --

Quick question -- I've been noticing that my horse has these flakes all in his mane. I haven't seen them in his tail at all. I brush him down daily.. combing his mane, tail.. and entire body.. So I know it's not because he's dirty. Has anyone else experienced this? It reminds me of a humans dandruff. I currently use Cowboy Magic Shampoo and Conditioner in case that has any impact.

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post #2 of 4 Old 09-05-2013, 06:49 AM
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It could be happening for any number of reasons. If his diet is adequate and he is getting enough amino acids, protein, vitamins, minerals and fat ect. Try washing his mane with a dandruff shampoo and see if it helps. Is he scratching his mane or acting itchy at all? Maybe the shampoo and conditioner are just drying that area out to much, try combing the flakes out and just leaving the area alone, and condition away from the roots. Give his natural body oils a chance to fix it.

My daughters horse was having the same problem she primped and combed and washed her pony daily. She was drying her out by removing the natural oils from her skin. Once she stopped the washing and went to currying and combing the flakes went away. Hope this helps.
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-05-2013, 02:10 PM
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Try using coconut oil in his mane after you bathe him. You can get it from the grocery store, just rub it into the base of his mane like once a day and that should help a ton!
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-05-2013, 03:20 PM
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I use Healthy Haircare Moisturizer on my sensitive skinned horse every few days to keep the dandruff & itchies away (he will rub raw spots if I go more than 5 days without applying it.) This has been my horsey hair care product of choice since the 90's - no drying alcohol, no silicones, no sticky build up, just gentle moisturizers. I focus on really working it into the base of the mane and tail, but periodically spray it on the rest of his body for extra shine.
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