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Charlies mane is driving me crazy
I know its no big deal, but his mane is bugging me. It grows on both sides of his neck how can I train it to stay on one side? I did braids and left them in for a week at a time and it worked for a few days, but it goes right back. Is it a lost cause? LOL
How many weeks did you try this for? I had a horse who's mane was on both sides and the braids were left in for a month and they stayed, and his mane was quite stubborn. Try leaving them in for a longer period but occassionally take them down and brush them out.
An old trick was to mix up some clay and water until it's the consistency of heavy mud. Apply this to the horse's mane and keep it worked to one side. The weight of the mud keeps the mane in place even after it dries. It needs to be reapplied as needed.
my QH is the same way! i did it for weeks! and nothing it went back after a few days and did it again and back to normal! he bends down to eat and it flips sides!!! i gave up hes used for trails and to teach new people to ride and lead.
Is his mane really thick? If it is thick that could be why it isn't staying on one side....you might have to pull it to thin it a bit and then try braids again.
Also how big of braids are you doing? I have had better luck with doing more little braids then a few big braids. And it just takes time....I usually braid it super tight, put a styling gel on and leave it in for a week, take it out and rebraid. I do that for at least 4 weeks then see how well it is training over. If it is still trying to flip I will keep putting it in braids until it stays on one side.
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