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  • What to do if your horse has thick forelocks
  • Do horeses forelocks grow back

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    04-05-2010, 05:45 PM
Smile Her forelock....

What do you do with a thick puffy forelock like this for a showmanship show?

Her mane will be in a diamond Braid, because I'm not cutting any mane, forelock, or tail. And I really don't want to thin anything either - but I will probably end up having to unless I get some other ideas...

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    04-05-2010, 05:51 PM
Do you want to braid it? If so, maybe you could dampen it and then start out with a french braid. When you run out hair to do a french braid just continue with a normal braid.. Sorry, only idea I have
    04-05-2010, 06:11 PM
Braiding it would probably be the best idea... Like AQHA13 said you could wet it. I would suggest not to pull the mane forelock or tail because the horses do bleed... There was a grey mare at the one barn I was at and there was always blood on her neck after the owner pulled her mane.
    04-05-2010, 06:30 PM
^^ At the barn I was at almost every boarder pulled their horses manes and I never saw blood. How was she pulling the mane?
    04-06-2010, 12:10 PM
My horse's forelock is super thick and I band it in 3 places for all shows. I start at the top closest to his bridle path and go down about and inch towards his nose and band that section. Then I take the next inch and add it to the first part and band those together. Then I take the rest and band all of it, making sure the 3 bands are equi-distance apart. I then use hairspray or hair gel to keep it from looking like a plume.
    04-06-2010, 02:47 PM
Originally Posted by Arksly    
There was a grey mare at the one barn I was at and there was always blood on her neck after the owner pulled her mane.
Wow I have to same experience as travlingypsy, how is the mares owner pulling the mane? I've also never seen blood before. That's a trippy thought.
    04-06-2010, 03:52 PM
Banding the Forelock

Wow I have to same experience as travlingypsy, how is the mares owner pulling the mane? I've also never seen blood before. That's a trippy thought.
I've actually seen it before. But it only happens when people pull out big clumps of hair. If you're causing a horse to bleed, you need to back WAY off the amount of hair you're pulling.

Re: banding the forelock, I do the same thing as the other poster. I band a section right at the top of the forelock, then grab more hair from about an inch below that, then take a final section of hair an inch below that. I DO NOT band the whole thing...my horse looks like a dork with his forelock banded at the very end.

This is the best picture I could find that shows what it is we're talking about. Sorry it's not a close up.

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    04-06-2010, 09:09 PM
^^Great response. I will try that. Thanks^^
    01-22-2012, 12:05 AM
I would either braid it or just put it in a single ponytail. Just water it down som or put show sheen on it.
    01-22-2012, 12:09 AM
She needs a barrette.

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