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post #11 of 19 Old 05-29-2009, 04:58 PM
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I would just band it if I were you. Braids can get brittle and break hairs. Norman's mane is like a Friesian's so I keep it banded in the summer to let air in and keep the mane somewhat tidy.

Otherwise you could braid the mane, then wrap the braids in vet wrap and keep it in for a couple weeks. Some people swear by that method. I tried it on Norman once, and it worked pretty well until he rubbed them out. Plus vet wrap can get expensive when you use so much of it.

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I braid Gracie's mane. Ricci can't keep them in for the life of her, but lucky for her she has a pretty thin mane, and it's white. =] Anywho, Gracie has such a thick, black mane and she is still carrying around her winter coat so I felt bad. Here is how she looks in them after about a month.

She broke in to my feed room, and she was so cute I had to snap a few pictures before I chased her out. =]
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post #13 of 19 Old 05-29-2009, 09:05 PM
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I braid my boy's mane up in the summer. It seems to keep him from sweating so much under his mane. Nice loose braids would work fine.
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Or you could just roach it
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Gothedistance, you are right about braids not being a good idea for a horse that's out 24/7. When a horse is itchy and rubs the braids can get caught. You might opt for thinning her mane on the underside when warmer weather arrives. Sweating isn't harmful, it's actually a cooling mechanism.

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Has anybody else realized this thread is 3 1/2 years old?

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post #17 of 19 Old 01-06-2013, 05:06 PM
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I agree, just keep a fly sheet on the horse
Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
Although I don't believe that dark horses do better than light ones for the same reason, I really don't think that having her mane in braids will make that much difference as far as her comfort level goes. That being said, if you do it, keep the braids loose and you can make them any size that you want. Regular rubber bands should work just fine and the only issue I have seen with leaving braids in is if they are around fencing or trees that can grab a braid, one or two of them may get pulled out. Like completely out from the root if they get caught on something. Although I have had Koda's mane in braids for about 2 months (trying to train it all to one side) and have not had a problem with it getting caught by trees or fences.

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Originally Posted by blue eyed pony View Post
Has anybody else realized this thread is 3 1/2 years old?
Haha. That made me laugh! I realized it was 3 1/2 years old, but did not realize y'all were new until you said that.
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post #19 of 19 Old 01-15-2013, 10:32 PM
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Not as new as you! ^

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