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post #1 of 9 Old 07-05-2012, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Preventing breakage

I'm still unsure on whether my mare has been rubbing her mane out (which I had worked SO hard to grow back!) or if my gelding has been eating it. Either way, what are some tips you can give me to prevent either/both of these from happening? Would braiding help? Lemon juice? THANKS!
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-05-2012, 01:48 PM
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If she's rubbing it off maybe some MTG will help? She might have something on her skin giving her issues.
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-05-2012, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I had her checked by a vet recently and he said she was 100% healthy, top to bottom. He said she must just rub out of pure habit... I'm not sure. I was hoping braiding would help.
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make sure you keep her mane clean and condition it well. some horses will get itchy if their manes are dirty and if the hairs are conditioned they will be less likely to break. also a leave-in conditioner such as no-knots may help.

if your gelding has been eating it, maybe keep a neck rug on her.

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post #5 of 9 Old 07-10-2012, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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How often can I wash her mane/tail?
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-10-2012, 07:56 PM
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im not exactly sure, but once a week wont hurt, especially if she hasnt got any rugs on and has a good roll in the dirt. but if it isnt dirty dont wash it :)
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-12-2012, 02:57 PM
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Listerine will kill anything that is making her itchy. After you wash her mane, I would also put coconut oil in her mane. This will help condition it in case that is what is making her rub.
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I have been braiding because has been preventing breakage

I have been bumped and bruised, but my horse is still my best friend!
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-17-2012, 01:24 AM
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I would stay away from MTG. It can cause irritation and make it worse.

I would agree with SaddleUp on this. Wash her mane, put Listerine on it, and condition it.

If she continues to itch it, give her dewormer. Worms make horses itchy. We have a horse at my barn that rub his tail every time he needs to get wormed again.

If your geldings chewing it, there's really nothing you can do about it.


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