Growing a Forelock?
Hope you guys can help me!
I show APHA and well my horse has a tiny forelock. Like it's 2 inches long. I'd like to try and grow it out. If I can get it just a tad bit longer, I'd be one happy camper! So does anyone have any tips/tricks to make it grow? I've tried MTG and it doesn't grow...not to mention he hates the smell.
Thank you much!
Try Coconut oil. Also a supplement like biotin and omega 3 fatty acids.
Sometimes its just genetics...
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See also info in this thread - Although the original poster was talking about an Andalusian and maintaining its forelock, there was good info about forelock growth from a general perspective:
My paint has almost no forelock at this time. I keep a heavy duty fly mask on him most all the time and I think it broke the hair off at the top of the forelock. That's all I can think of because he didn't rub it out and I didn't cut it. Thinking of sewing fleece or satin to the top of the fly mask.
My paint has a tiny forelock too...I've had him almost a year and it hasn't grown at all, it might even be a little thinner. I'd love to hear suggestions as well!
His little forelock is so pathetic lol
Shellybean.... Its the most luxurious, long forelock I've EVER seen. You should be proud of the length of it :P
Btw, I like your horse :)
I reccomendy slathering it in cowboy magic and keeping it braided. It has helped my boys, but his was already about four inches long.
Some horses just don't have much-and won't. For some it is genetic. We have one at our barn. Since she is a show horse-we use a fake one.
They have how ever many hair follicles they have and that's all their going to have.
Diet can have some impact, but not really to speed it up unless the diet is already slowing it down and then a better diet is just going to allow it to grow as much as it would normally.
There is only one thing that gives horses more (or less) hair and that's genetics (as already mentioned) so you really have no control over it.
My current two come from much the same genetic pool (common grandfathers and great grandmothers from the mothers....same great grandfather and a great grandmother on the father's side). They are first cousins maternally and second cousins paternally. One has massive (a real handful of hair) forelocks with some hair reaching her nostrils at times while the other has maybe half as much hair on her forelock and it's maybe 6 inches long. They both have massive manes and tails to the ground (the one with the short forelock has the slightly thicker mane and tail) They're closely related, same diet and same care, but you can't change the genetics they're born with.
Now all that being said, there are things you can do that will over time (a LONG time) can help some.
Diet. As mentioned coconut oil is great for the hair. I won't make it grow faster or thicker, but it helps for healthy hair and you don't have to wash it out (it gets absorbed). You're only real option is to cut down on loss (hairs pulled out or broken) which is what all these "wonder" products are actually hoping to do (while claiming their helping "grow" hair) by making the hair slick.
Comb it out carefully (the oil helps here too by making it slick to help work out tangles and comb smoothly). Start near the ends and hold the hair above it (to prevent pulling hairs out) and gently comb it out to cut down on breakage.
Sorry, but you're not going to see a lot of quick results. If the genes say the hair is going to grow 1" a year nothing is going to change that. It will be the best you can hope for so the best you can do is protect that 1".
Just to put it in perspective.
(the pictures of the older mare with the heavier forelocks are older....it's longer today)
Same breed and closely related, but it's all about the genes.
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