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So my horse has only a short puffy mane and hes only 6, but he has a beautiful long tail and i was wondering if theres anything I can do to help it grow? I got told something about a mane puller? what is that? :s and is it so puffy, like it sticks up away from his neck, because its short?
Also one of my riding instructors (I have 3) said it's okay to wash your horse in human shampoo and conditioner. Is this right? I'm not too sure about it as i read somewhere that horses skin is more sensitive then peoples and so would like some more opinions before I really need to bath him.
About the mane I'm not real sure I just leave mine and they grow pretty good by themselves.
The shampoo and conditioner though, I use human stuff. I tried it on a small spot first. I just use cheapish natural sort of stuff, nothing for special needs. I also mix it in a bucket of warm water. I rinse the horse then wash them off very thoroughly. It works ok for me and I don't wash my horses very often.
You can use regular human shampoos on horses. I just don't, due to weak moments in tack shops. Their skin is quite sensitive, but just pour a little in a bucket with water to dilute it. Soapy water is all you need, not straight hard shampoo.
Pulling the mane is very common and harmless. It thins out and makes manes look neater. My geldings mane is pretty puffy as well. I personally like it, because it makes his neck look more studly, and for shows I just use a sleazy to lay it flat.
Shorter manes, generally tend to stick up. Pretty hard to tame, so either just grow it out long to weight it down, or just use a sleezy before something important where presentation matters.
Play with his mane, alot. Use diluted conditioners, and finger rake, then braid his mane. This will stimulate his mane to grow. I've just gotten 2 new geldings, and their manes and tails were chewed off by a pasture mate. I've done the follow, and my paints mane/tail has grown 2 inchs in 4 weeks.
Each day I soak down his mane and tail with water. Followed by spritzing diluted Sauve human condition and Mane and Tail conditioner, soaking it, really. I use both very diluted.
Then I alternate what I do now. Either I finger brush out and braid into a style that excites me at the time, or I brush our with a wide tooth plastic comb, very very softly. Brushing to hard will break the hair.
The next day, I pull the braids out, and rinse and repeat. I also will spritz a mixture of vinegar, Listerine and water onto the hair prior to rinsing.
Once a week I wash him with a soft mild soap.
Pulling the mane basically makes the mane look nicer by getting rid of broken and unneeded hair. Thinning it out so it looks nicer. This really won't help getting the mane longer though. What I do is I'll braid the horses mane with braids that are 3" wide with conditioner in it and leave it flat on the neck like so:
Leave this in for a week, then undo it to let the hair breath for the day and such because hair can fall out if kept in something too long. Then repeat. Wash and leave in some conditioner and do it again. I do this and can get a inches in a few months. If the mane is too short to braid though, then get this stuff called MTG. You rub it into the roots of the mane and has some amazing results because not only does it allow length, but helps thicken the mane. This is what I do to get my walkers who need long manes and tails for show.
Thankyou guys Im defiently gonna try your advice =]
You put it in once a week. It really depends on the horse but the results are quick enough to be noticeable. If that makes sense :P
It's always good to care for their manes. My horses have a LOT of turnout and they lose pieces of manes and tails from getting caught on things or just playtime with each other. We had a post recently about ShowSheen (or equivalent) drying out manes and tails. Do you use this? Brittle hair has trouble growing out. (The OP suggested using "Pink", instead, a hair conditioner made for African American women and readily available. Cheap, too.)
To add to the post above^
I use coconut oil on mine. I've never used Pink, but I know the coconut oil really conditions and softens for my guys. Cheap as well.
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