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post #1 of 16 Old 09-27-2014, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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Dreadlocked Mane--Tips??

Hello everyone!! I've read through many posts here regarding tips on knots and such..BUT I am getting ready to bring home this beautiful boy whom unfortunately has quite the neglected mane. There are dreadlocks in it! Has anyone else dealt with a long beautiful dreadlocked mess like this before?

Should the soaking in baby oil/conditioner/elbow grease + extra extra time work for him as well?? Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 16 Old 09-27-2014, 12:42 PM
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I like the dog "slicker wire" brushes for tangled manes and tails. They are the flat , handled brushes with hundreds of little thin wire teeth. They do pull out a lot of hair but If you spray the mane with Show sheen and start working from the very ends up you should be able to eventually untangle it without losing TOO much. A dog mat remover will help cut through the worst ones, too . Be prepared to lose some of it though.
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post #3 of 16 Old 09-27-2014, 12:45 PM
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Finger comb and use corn oil. It's good for their coat, edible and totally nontoxic if consumed. And, it makes their manes and tails shiny.

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post #4 of 16 Old 09-27-2014, 01:07 PM
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I'm cheap so I've always just used baby oil. It takes a lot of time, but you can get any knot brushed out. Just remember to start from the bottom and work your way up. I've dealt with a couple that it took more than one day to get it all brushed out.
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post #5 of 16 Old 09-27-2014, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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I'm figuring it will take several days between his mane and then his tail that drags that ground. We will call it bonding time..hopefully his patience outlasts mine! haha
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Reminds me of a horse my daughter rode for a while, Morgan? Morab?

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post #7 of 16 Old 09-27-2014, 01:57 PM
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What everybody else said!

I would, however, avoid using a silicone based product - like Show Sheen.
The silicone actually coats the hair and doesn't allow it to "breath" which makes it even more dry and brittle.
I accidentally ruined my mare's mane with Show Sheen. I eventually ended up roaching it to undo the damage - it grew back beautifully! :)

Baby oil, human conditioner (I like Dove for my horses ), etc, should work just fine.
He's gonna have some kind of gorgeous mane when you're done!! Post after pictures, please?!

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My preference is corn starch which makes the hair slippery. I used it to detangle a rat's nest just below the dock. It was almost the size of a soccer ball. Working from the bottom of the "nest" and just using my fingers it took me about 30 min. Looked hilarious when I was done. The next day the tail was shampooed so the hair would lie down again. Try not to pull as that's what irks the horse and he'll start moving around. We get to see pics of when you're done - unwritten rule. lol



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post #9 of 16 Old 09-27-2014, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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We actually don't know too much about him to be honest! He was purchased young at a sale barn in North Missouri. Unsure of his breed (vet thought QH/Morgan possibly??) Was used to check cattle/fence/ect. The girl he belonged to brought him with her to college and he sat untouched for quite some time. He was actually boarded where I used to board. A friend of mine was looking for a horse and I felt bad for him so told her to check him out. She ended up buying him and now a few years later has too many so I've been riding him.

He's a very very sweet soul, I think he's looking for "his person" since he's been passed around and left out to pasture by most of his owners. I'm going to bring him home for a couple months, clean him up, take care of his feet (his feet need a major trim!) and see how he does with my gelding. He's a pleasure to ride and SO willing to please.

His gorgeous color, mane and tail don't hurt either

I don't have great photos of him, here's a couple more though

Wallaby..I'll make sure to post "after" photos! I can't wait to spend some time with him and get him all beautified
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post #10 of 16 Old 09-27-2014, 02:55 PM
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I have dreadlocks (yes, me personally). If I ever need to restart one, I just soak it in coconut or olive oil for a night, the pick, pick, pick from bottom up. Can take hours, and by the way, leaves you sore, so go easy on him!
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