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post #11 of 15 Old 09-20-2012, 01:27 PM
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I would braid it and put it in mane braiding bags. I saw some mane braiding bags somewhere on the internet.....

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I keep my gelding's mane up in a running braid year round. It's about 3 ft long and turns into dreadlocks very quickly if left down. I also keep his tail braided and in a bag. I re-do them both approximately weekly.
Do you have any problems with other horses yanking out mane? I've done pasture brake during the summer but sometimes I come back and theyre unravelled. I can't determine if the bands are just falling off if they're being helped off.
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Do you have any problems with other horses yanking out mane? I've done pasture brake during the summer but sometimes I come back and theyre unravelled. I can't determine if the bands are just falling off if they're being helped off.
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In the 6 months or so that I've had him, his braid has only come out once, but I'm not sure if it fell out on its own or if one of his turnout buddies helped He's stalled most of the time (he usually gets3-4 hours of turnout daily) so they don't have a ton of opportunity to try!
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The horse's mane is another means of how the horse controls his skin temperature. If you alter that you reduce the horse's protection. Same if you chose to blanket your arab. He will grow a good coat and be warm if, as NorthernStar says, you provide hay round the clock. Digesting hay is what warms a horse, not a blanket. My arab had a long thick mane and tail and grew a coat like a grizzly bear and our temps have hit -30 F.



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The horse's mane is another means of how the horse controls his skin temperature. If you alter that you reduce the horse's protection. Same if you chose to blanket your arab. He will grow a good coat and be warm if, as NorthernStar says, you provide hay round the clock. Digesting hay is what warms a horse, not a blanket. My arab had a long thick mane and tail and grew a coat like a grizzly bear and our temps have hit -30 F.
I'm in MD if that matters.

Most of the horses where he is now are starting to get in some winter growth. His fur is so short right now, he looks and feels clipped (but he is NOT clipped, at all).

He's on free choice pasture right now, and I will start introducing hay as the pasture dies off, working up to free choice hay when it's all gone.

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