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post #1 of 7 Old 08-17-2015, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Extremely thin, short mane! Help?!

I just recently purchased this pretty little mare and absolutely fell in love with her. Unfortunately, her mane is thin and short, her forelock looks more like a tuft of hair than mane! Her tail is decent, has pretty good length but isn't overly thick, which isn't a problem for me.
I've considered, since it is so short, just cutting it this Fall and letting it grow throughout Winter. I cut my Clydesdale's feathers(due to previous owners, she had a hard to heal case of scratches) and they actually grew back much thicker than before. All I did was keep them as clean as possible and brush them regularly.
Would it be worth a shot to cut her mane, and start conditioning it with something and brushing it once it begins growing out again, or?
What have you guys found works for hideous hair?!
Can be store bought or home remedies, doesn't matter to me!

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-17-2015, 11:37 AM
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It might be worth it to roach it and see how it grows back altogether when given the opportunity. Also, people will suggest you try using MTG :)

Congrats on your new mare; she's lovely!

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post #3 of 7 Old 08-17-2015, 09:27 PM
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Beautiful girl. Maybe you just don't appreciate chic? :) A lot of paints and appyX's naturally have beautiful short mains and sparse forelocks. My appyX has a silky soft wonderfully short main that I appreciate more and more every day...b/c her side kick has extremely thick, long blond hair that is more work than my own, by far.
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-17-2015, 09:47 PM
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If you really feel daring, go for roaching it. I did it to my OTTB who had a really gross, scraggly mane, and it is now thick, wavy, and about a foot long now eight months later. Of course, MTG and frequent washing really helped me. And if your horse is a total goof like mine is and sometimes enjoys rubbing on the fence, you could try a sleazy.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-18-2015, 02:59 AM
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Roaching will help it grow back evenly but nothing makes hair grow thicker than natural, good diet can help though.

Looking at him it seems that he has naturally fine hair. Sometimes that is just the way it is.
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-19-2015, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Zexious, I have a Clydesdale, so I know all about thick hair! I have a a tobiano APHA mare with a thick tail that drags the ground and a mane that rivals my Clydesdales! I have a grade overo Paint filly who has a long, but thinner type mane. I have another overo APHA mare with a thin but evenly long mane. I have an AQHA stud with a long, pretty thick mane, with a ground dragging thick tail. I have an assortment :)
I'm hoping for more length, at least. Thickness honestly doesn't bother me. My fiance has a breeding stock APHA mare with a mane just like this mare. Unfortunately she's just a companion now, we had an ice storm last Winter and she slipped and fell.

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post #7 of 7 Old 08-21-2015, 10:15 AM
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MTG! i have a draft with a docked tail and it now almost touches the ground. I also roached her mane when I first got her because she was a field ornament and had 2 ft long dreads that I just didn't have the time to brush out. I will swear by MTG for any and all mae and tail growth and detangling!
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