To grow out a mane honestly I stay away from braiding, I make sure I use a good shampoo, and really rinse it well when I'm done. Make sure you get all the dirt, soap, dander out of their manes, and then invest in a good anti itch cream, or lotion if they are really itching, or if it's just that they are trying to reach food on the other side of a fence, or say hi to other horses, maybe you can put up some plastic so they can't stick their heads out. I got a neck cover for one of my horses once, and it never worked. I wasn't about to leave a halter on 24/7, and every time they put their heads down, the neck cover rode up, and exposed most of their manes, it would twist as they rolled, so I wouldn't spend the money on one personally. I'd just make sure it's washed really well once a week or once every two weeks, and if they are itchy, put something on to calm the itch. I love the clyde, he's very pretty, and of course who can't help but love the babies! Cowboy's ears are sooooo fuzzy!