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Dappledbaybeauty 02-28-2013 04:42 AM

Mane problemes anybody have any helpful advice thanks :)
Hi I have a slight problem I'm going out to jump next sunday and possibly this sunday too,
And the 14.3 chestnut mare I'm riding had a beautiful mane the ends of her mane could be seen from the other side of her neck (Long lovely mane)
But either another horse in the field bit a chunk out of her mane or she got it caught on something (No Idea what she could have possibly caught it on)
So I'm wondering do I leave the big gap in her long mane and leave her whole mane out (the Gap in her mane is very obvious)
Or do I hog the little bits of hair growing from where it all got ripped out and put her in rosettes ?
I wouldn't want to hog all her mane.
The missing hair is nearly half way in the middle of her neck.
Is there anything I can do so Its not so obvious ?
And She is a Qh x But she is built very much like a Thoroughbred and loves to jump :)
Thank - you Very much.

Glenknock 02-28-2013 05:28 PM

I'd do the diamond braid think that's what you call it, the whole length it looks fab on long mame's

donovan 03-11-2013 10:07 PM

yup i would go diamond braid

blue eyed pony 03-12-2013 04:36 AM

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You're jumping, so just hog the whole thing :)

I did, with my gelding, and it looks really neat and tidy and best part is, no braiding!! Well.. I leave the forelock on and braid that nice and neat but other than that...

Scuse my position, old photo!

There's nothing to hang onto, but if you braid rosettes you haven't really got much to hold onto anyway. That's what neck straps are for, or if you have a breastplate, most of them have a wither strap. I had a martingale on my gelding briefly but took it off in the end because all it was doing was being there in case I needed/wanted a neck strap... which I never use anyway...

EquineBovine 03-12-2013 04:47 AM

Diamond braids are a pain in the butt when you're jumping.
You could just trim and pop the rossets on like you said if you don't want to hog it. However, if she has the neck, go for it! At least the mane will grow back evenly!

equiniphile 03-12-2013 06:52 AM

You say this is a horse you're riding; if she's not yours, make sure you get permission from the owner before you do anything drastic.

Pictures would help. With a well-shaped neck I'd be inclined to roach it, but if the neck is lacking I would either leave it be to grow out or pull it so the chunk is less obvious and doesn't take as long to blend in.

apachiedragon 03-12-2013 07:16 AM

Yes, please get permission from the owner if the horse is not yours. I would be LIVID if one of my lesson students roached one of my horses without my permission. You could likely do a running braid down the length of the neck and with only a small chunk missing, you'd never notice it.

Foxhunter 03-12-2013 04:17 PM

If it is a jumping show then it really doesn't matter if she is missing a chunk of mane
e. It is the faults in the arena not the looks!

TeamRoper16 05-07-2013 03:01 PM

I agree with Diamond Braiding it. Yeah they're a pain in the butt but spend a little more time and it will be worth it. I wouldn't hog it. Start her on a mane and tail growth supplement as soon as you can. The sooner you start, the sooner it will grow back. I've been using BioMane and it's awesome. I order off their website It sucks having a chunk of mane chewed/rubbed out, sorry it happened.

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