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post #1 of 4 Old 09-23-2013, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Mane changing sides?

Does anyone know for sure why some horse's manes change sides throughout their lives? Max has always fallen off to the left but lately it's been slowly falling to the right, starting from the poll

I've heard all different sorts of things; an imbalance in the horse physically and mentally (this is much too broad and vague for my liking) I've also heard that using different neck muscles can promote it to flop the other way.. Does anyone actually know why this happens?
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I think it more than likely has to do with the physic of the horse (in other words, fat deposits, general neck development along the top line, etc.), texture and length of individual hairs in the mane. So all it needs are subtle changes to one or more of the aforementioned, that may or may not be that noticeable, and you have the mane "changing direction".
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I suspect there are other reasons... such as just because, like the reason my own hair naturally parts to one side but I've also heard bodyworkers mention it's an indication of spinal imbalance, and have seen horses 'change sides' after both chiropractic and cranio-sacral work. One of my horses was extremely imbalanced when I got him - mane off to the left, also carried his tail always to the left, perineum had a left-wards lean... & after a few chiro treatments, his mane falls pretty evenly to each side & the rest of him is pretty straight too.
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I suspect there are other reasons... such as just because, like the reason my own hair naturally parts to one side but I've also heard bodyworkers mention it's an indication of spinal imbalance, and have seen horses 'change sides' after both chiropractic and cranio-sacral work. One of my horses was extremely imbalanced when I got him - mane off to the left, also carried his tail always to the left, perineum had a left-wards lean... & after a few chiro treatments, his mane falls pretty evenly to each side & the rest of him is pretty straight too.
That's interesting, and I suspected something along those lines as a possibility. Max always gets a clean bill when the chiro comes out though, so I know he's not out of line.. But I have been focusing more on how I'm riding him (my spine is crooked so I really have to consciously think of raising my right hip and lengthening my right leg) and this helps him balance better when tracking right as well. I wonder if it has something to do with this.. Things that make you go hmm...

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