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    12-17-2012, 06:26 PM
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Long mane/tail genetic or type of care

Everyone is always in awe of my horse's mane and tail. I take no credit. I keep it cleaned and conditioned and brushed . Personally, I think the hair thickness and growth is part of the horses genetic make up. Obviously taking care of it is my job, but I don't think you can put products on the hair to make it grow faster, thicker, longer ......... other opinions welcome !



     
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    12-17-2012, 09:11 PM
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What a lovely mane.

Id say it can be both, but more so being genetic...and the owner properly caring for them as well.

Look at BLM mustangs that have never been touched with manes longer then your mares. That's genetic.

My mare has a super long and thick tail. I do nothing special to it.
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    12-17-2012, 09:34 PM
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When I got my mare she was in bad shape and her mane was short.
Now,1 yr of rehab and her mane has grown a lot!! It's probably grown 8''.
So, I'm voting for the health of the horse.
And genetics..thinking of appy's.
     
    12-17-2012, 09:36 PM
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Trained
Health and genetics play a big part. Care also affects it. Breakage will cause makes and tails to be thin and short - happens with human hair too! Lots of breakage will reduce volume.
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    12-17-2012, 09:42 PM
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I personally think it's 90% genetics, 10% care. Products are about as effective as fly spray and just pray on horse owners desire to spend money.
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    12-17-2012, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Catpeedontherug    
Now,1 yr of rehab and her mane has grown a lot!! It's probably grown 8''.
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Ahhh !! I forgot about the health issue. For sure health and nutrition definitely will affect hair growth.

One of the other women at my barn heard you should never brush a mane or tail. So she doesn't ! I brush my horses daily. He gets so many hair tornadoes I have too. Though I untangle before I brush
     
    12-17-2012, 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by AlexS    
I personally think it's 90% genetics, 10% care. Products are about as effective as fly spray and just pray on horse owners desire to spend money.
The coconut oil thing really works. I've gotten two inches on my horses tail and about two on my hair.
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    12-17-2012, 10:31 PM
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Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
The coconut oil thing really works. I've gotten two inches on my horses tail and about two on my hair.
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Sigh, my horse has the worst tail, it's so sorry looking even two years after buying him. I will try coconut oil, if it doesn't work I might seek you down, as I am only trying it because you suggested it.
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    12-17-2012, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by AlexS    
Sigh, my horse has the worst tail, it's so sorry looking even two years after buying him. I will try coconut oil, if it doesn't work I might seek you down, as I am only trying it because you suggested it.
Ok, after that comment you better keep us updated,
     
    12-17-2012, 10:49 PM
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Originally Posted by nvr2many    
Ok, after that comment you better keep us updated,
Ain't no unnecessary spending happening now until the end of January. I will update after that though.
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