I shampoo my mare's mane and tail once a week with a mild shampoo designed for colored/highlighted hair. Then I apply MTG, braid, and bag. I have a 3-tube tail bag and mane sox - all lycra. I like the bags because they keep the hairs nice and smooth and lengthen the amount of time you can go between rebraiding.
For the MTG, I shake it well and apply directly to the skin on the forelock, mane, and tail.
When I braid, I keep the hair loose for the first couple inches (more near the withers), and only braid snugly after that. That way the hairs on the sides of the braids aren't being pulled too tightly, and the hairs don't get pulled while she's grazing. With the tail, I let the hairs hang a couple inches past the tail bone before I start braiding.
I use electrical tape to hold the braids, because it doesn't damage the hair as rubber bands do.
Every few months or so, I go a few weeks without using any MTG. I keep shampooing and braiding, but I also heavily condition and moisturize. This keeps the hair nice and healthy.
It sounds like a lot of work... and it is, but it's only one day a week. It's nice being able to tack up without worrying about brushing out manes and tails. It saves time in that area.
Last edited by CloudsMystique; 09-22-2010 at 11:01 PM.