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post #1 of 28 Old 01-16-2020, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Question about how the mane falls

Hey guys,

I havent been around for a while. Spent the last few months trying to rescue and rehab a horse, just to 1. Find out she was way sicker and older than I thought, and 2. have her laminitis flair up the day before Christmas...and have to put her down. :/

That said—now I have friends offering me horses left and right, as I’ve earned a reputation as a steady, reliable horse-care person.

As such, I’m looking at this one guy: Appaloosa/quarter horse. Broke, age 11, small, no health or behaviour problems (Finally!) The only thing I can see “wrong” with him is his mane goes off in different directions.

Maybe this is not a problem? I thought I read somewhere that a mane that didnt all lie to one side could mean that there was something wrong with a horse’s musculature?

I’m also going to have the vet do a health check, and I’m going to ride him Saturday, etc... Gonna look at other horses. Not gonna jump in this time!!

But I did wonder about the mane thing. Is a right-and-left mane a sign for worry? Or just part of the range of normal conformation?

Thanks for the info.
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post #2 of 28 Old 01-16-2020, 09:48 PM
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My QH mate's mane has 3" that refuse to stay on the same side as the rest. My RMH gelding is usually half n half. I sold a TWH whose mane was so thick you couldn't get it all to one side. I don't think it matters.

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post #3 of 28 Old 01-16-2020, 09:58 PM
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That would be like saying people with different parts or cowlicks must have something wrong with them. Perfectly normal.

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I think it's normal, too. I've had a few that were like that and they were fine horses.

I bet if you start a thread asking how to train a mane to lay on one side you'll get replies. I've done it on horses I knew I was going to sell (tip: don't roach/hog the mane or you'll be starting over! Says a past client)

I'm kind of curious about how my new horse's mane is going to come in. He was roached. And right now it is a very thick 3" long. I don't see how it will ever lay to one side!
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That would be like saying people with different parts or cowlicks must have something wrong with them. Perfectly normal.
Haha.

Yeah, I dont know where I got the idea in my head. Can’t recall if I read it online, or whether some random, woo-woo hippie told me.

I do know that I used this “fact” as justification for why a green horse was acting green. (Ah, the ways we delude ourselves!)
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post #6 of 28 Old 01-17-2020, 12:24 AM
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I think it's normal, too. I've had a few that were like that and they were fine horses.

I bet if you start a thread asking how to train a mane to lay on one side you'll get replies. I've done it on horses I knew I was going to sell (tip: don't roach/hog the mane or you'll be starting over! Says a past client)

I'm kind of curious about how my new horse's mane is going to come in. He was roached. And right now it is a very thick 3" long. I don't see how it will ever lay to one side!
Dippity-Doo and a good comb through daily. About roaching the mane...JC's mane stuck up and grew every which way when I got him as a 2 year old. The above method worked on him beautifully and he grew out a well behaved mane except for an occasional errant lock up by his poll. That only required banding it for a couple of days for a reminder of how it was supposed to lay. No pictures of his bad hair but you can see it grew back in nice.

left (hair) side

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right side

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And then there was Este...

To be continued because it won't add the new pictures and will hopefully work if I make a new post.

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Decided she needed the treatment and this is the result 3 or 4 YEARS post roaching. Bay mare on the right with her head down.

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Finally after several more years but for the rest of her life it was thin and wispy. That was the last mane I ever roached. LOL

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There was a thread on here a while back that said that. I've never heard it. The whorls theory some believe has merit but that isn't the same as which direction the mane lays.
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I've found just finger combing and firmly laying it over, over and over again at the base it eventually goes to the side you want. I do that with the babies if their manes are unruly. Gives them attention and encourages the mane to lay flat.
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post #10 of 28 Old 01-17-2020, 11:01 AM
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My gelding ices mane does the splits. It's really thick and I've been brushing it over almost every day.
For several years to no avail ,one shake of his head an its back to on both sides of neck.

I roached it off one summer came in full of cockle burs. It was one solid mass of burrs,a year later when it grew back.

Still massive thick still flops on both sides of neck. I've long given up on trying to get his mane to lay on one side.

He's a great trail horse so who cares about his mane doing the splits.
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