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post #1 of 10 Old 06-12-2019, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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Mane and tail growth

Hi! So this is a bit of a silly question. I board my horses at a horse trader’s farm. Because of this, I see many many horses ranging from day old colts to senior horses. I’ve noticed something fairly strange: all of the yearling colts have really nice, thick, full manes, but hardly any of the adult horses do. Is this just baby hair? Or is it that these specific colts have good genetics? Do yearlings hair eventually thin out when they grow into adults?
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-12-2019, 02:42 AM
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Not a silly question! How are their hooves & rest of their coats? I'd think it's nutritional, but if their coat & hooves are in really good nick, then perhaps... they're all eating eachother's hair??
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Most of them have pretty bad coats and hooves, as they are usually unhandled colts from auctions🤔 Picture of one of the newest babies, who overall, is not in very good condition.
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Sometimes it is simply the less done the better...
We as caregivers often use products and practices that are not the best for our horses to maintain their mane or tail.
Naturally, left alone a mane is thick and long as is most tails...
Few horses truly do not have good mane and tail length or thickness.

Short stubby looking on adult horses have often been sampled by another horse at some time and in need of just time to pass so growth can again occur.
When we brush, comb, wash and condition are we really doing that part of the anatomy the best???
You made the observation of less handled often thick, full and long in appearance...
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I'm hoping someone will comment on the photo because I don't see a horse in bad condition, just one that needs muscle and hasn't been groomed in a while. I can't see hooves because of the grass but it's not underweight. What am I missing?
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What are you missing?
Not much.


Horse is rough looking like he has been fending for himself in a pasture situation while he grows and matures not in a stable environment with blankets and daily brushing...
He's been allowed to be a horse...
Strikes me as young and growing, so gangly and thin, possibly just coming out of a growth spurt...
He's rough but doesn't appear unhealthy...just not polished by humans...yet.
That "rough" shall now be addressed and the diamond in the rough shall soon have brilliance and shine to his coat and body appearance.

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post #7 of 10 Old 06-12-2019, 08:15 AM
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Thanks @horselovinguy . That was my assessment, but I don't have as much experience assessing raw horses as others. Not commenting on conformation, just condition, which I took to mean health, not looking like it could walk into a show ring. Personally, I don't mind if my horses look like they're living "like horses". I only bathe our show horse Harley on a regular basis. The other two get groomed when they are ridden, or about once a week if not, their feet trimmed and cleaned regularly, maybe a couple of baths a year. Manes and tails rarely get trimmed, but they are untangled once in a while. I don't see anything wrong with that.
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I took it, ladies, that op was saying *after they'd been there a while* their manes & tails got a lot worse, so I wondered about coat & hoof (horn & hair quality op not just if they're dirty, hadn't been trimmed), which is why she posted the pic. We're not looking at whether it's in show condition, lacking calories or some such.

To me, poor coat & horn condition would be a fair sign diet/nutrition is probably problematic. And I'd imagine a horse dealer wouldn't be putting in an awful lot of effort there.

Could be way too much brushing or whatever. But again, a horse dealer doing this?? And even show horses brushed to within an inch of their life daily... or my kids pony when my daughter used to brush & braid his mane & tail all the time - don't ime generally suffer from losing hair because of it. If others are eating each others manes & tails so much, somethings up on that note too imo.

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I would think rubbing would be more likely than horses eating each other's manes. Maybe worms if there are a lot of tail rubs. Or just flies! I've been soaking the tops of my horses' tails with fly spray lately because they are getting eaten alive and so of course they seek relief by rubbing it. Mine have not lost much hair if any though, but if left without care, they surely would.

But yes, it's highly unlikely they are getting balanced vitamins and minerals if unhandled and coming from auction. I don't think that would cause them to lose their mane and tail though, just look less glossy.
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Being he's a horse trader probably buying at low end auctions. Horse's are more then likely not been fed a good diet or properly wormed. Some horse's rub out there manes from having ticks. Same with tails if there are ticks inbedded makes for really itchy horse's. Have to use fly sprays daily to keep bugs from eating them up.

Some horse's have nice thick long manes no matter what, some don't and has nothing to do with diet. My black gelding when I got him had been starved.

His mane and tail were long and thick. His hair coat was dull and rough looking though. Had no shine mane and tail were not silky shiny either...but were not lacking in length or thickness.

Horse pictured by op doesn't look that bad, just needs a little TCL.
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