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post #1 of 3 Old 09-14-2020, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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Long Mane Care/Yellow Staining

Anyone here have a Gypsy, Friesian, or any other hairy breed with super long manes/tails? I have a yearling Gypsian (Gypsy Vanner X Friesian) and I'm trying to get into a routine to keep her mane and tail nice and growing well. To this point I've been moisturizing her mane about once a week and I just started braiding/keeping it in socks.

Also, her feathers on her hinds keep getting super gross yellow stains. Anyone had any luck with something not too expensive that will reliably get rid of yellow stains? Her fronts look great but her hinds are always yellow tinged, no matter what I try

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post #2 of 3 Old 09-14-2020, 11:16 AM
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You have to be really careful about washing feathers too often as it can open the horse up to scratches/mud fever. If you do wash, avoid anything harsh and dry really thoroughly afterwards.

I must admit that I'm a failure when it comes to feathers on our gypsy cob because they're incredibly hard work to care for properly - mites love them!

On occasions that I haven't had the clippers on them I've used baby oil and Eqyss Avocado spray on the feathers, rubbed in really well on a regular basis - it seems to repel the stains so makes the cleaning job a lot easier
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-14-2020, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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She's not getting them washed too often, but she's only 15 months old so I'm trying to do a few things.. Teach her to stand with the bucket of water and/hose, keep her feathers nice, and get myself in the habit of looking after them. We bought her knowing full well we'd be in for a lot of work in the feather/mane/tail department. I'm prepared to put in the work, just needing some ideas on how to do it properly.

There's absolutely NO mud on my property so other than the occasional washing, her legs don't get wet, which is nice.

I'll look into the avocado spray! That sounds wonderful
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