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When I first got my mare in September her mane was horrible so I decided to roach it, now its a three inch long mohawk that refuses to lay down. Its not quite long enough for me to braid it (four inches is my limit on being able to braid half decent), and I don't have a hood that she can keep on 24/7. Any other way of MAKING it stay down? I know most people are just going to say leave it but I need a little bit of hope. :lol:
 

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Lacey's mane was a mohawk for the longest time (I roach it for the summer and let it grow in the winter) but in the last week or two it's finally starting to lay over. It's currently about 4 inches long and the thickest areas are over while the thinner areas are still up (basically, she looks like a fool, hahaha!).

Just let it grow! It'll get there. :)
 

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That's what I was afraid of. :-( Our first show is coming up and I'd like her not to look so *cough cough* hysterical.
 

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Oh, I see! That stinks!
You could just roach it off again? But then you'll have to deal with this stage again in the future...
One thing I noticed with Lacey was that once I got her on a vitamin supplement (Vita Plus by Farnam), her mane started growing much faster. I'm not sure if they are directly related but I noticed hair (and hoof!!) growth within a week or so of getting her on it. Depending on how long you have until this show, it might be worth a try. :)
 

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It's too thick if it's still standing straight up, my mare's is to. Either pull or shave the underside. Most people will pull, that's what we're doing, but we recently sold a mare to a girl who chooses to shave a strip off the underside and the entire mane fell completely over no problem. She's been doing it for years and claims you never notice when they're braided up.

Here's my mohawk girl:




 

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It's too thick if it's still standing straight up, my mare's is to. Either pull or shave the underside. Most people will pull, that's what we're doing, but we recently sold a mare to a girl who chooses to shave a strip off the underside and the entire mane fell completely over no problem. She's been doing it for years and claims you never notice when they're braided up.


That's interesting because my stallion's mane is so thin that you would never be able to cut off the underside, because there just isnt enough. And his is still standing straight up, like 4 inches long! I will have to get a picture.
 

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I had to roach a show horse's mane, he came to me for training with a huge section rubbed off. I ended up acquiring the horse, and during this time he has the mohawk like Macabre's horse. I didn't pull it as was an Arab & I wanted it eventually to be long & flowing. So I banded it & used a curling iron, then put him in a slinky. At the show, he looked so Quarterhorse-ish(lol). Within a year, he had a decent mane, within 2, it was flowing.
 
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Oh, I see! That stinks!
You could just roach it off again? But then you'll have to deal with this stage again in the future...
One thing I noticed with Lacey was that once I got her on a vitamin supplement (Vita Plus by Farnam), her mane started growing much faster. I'm not sure if they are directly related but I noticed hair (and hoof!!) growth within a week or so of getting her on it. Depending on how long you have until this show, it might be worth a try. :)
I know! I can't roach it because we have a show every month, in the summer almost every week, and her neck is a toothpick so it wouldn't look good or I would. Lol.

I don't do much with their hair in the winter but in the summer I treat like my own. Lol. Lots of coconut oil and baby oil solution, and the green grass helps too. I'll see if my feed store has that, or something like it. Thanks. :)

It's too thick if it's still standing straight up, my mare's is to. Either pull or shave the underside. Most people will pull, that's what we're doing, but we recently sold a mare to a girl who chooses to shave a strip off the underside and the entire mane fell completely over no problem. She's been doing it for years and claims you never notice when they're braided up. Here's my mohawk girl:
Its not actually that thick, its half up half down. Don't know how to describe it. Lol. Its not laying flat, its about two inches off her neck. Her mohawk is longer then your mare's so I guess its probably about 4inches. :p

I love the long roach/mowhawk look! Every time I look at my chestnut gelding I wanna cut it off but we are going to show the whole year!
Mine isn't the pretty mohawk though, its the weird one that is half up half down. :rofl:

I had to roach a show horse's mane, he came to me for training with a huge section rubbed off. I ended up acquiring the horse, and during this time he has the mohawk like Macabre's horse. I didn't pull it as was an Arab & I wanted it eventually to be long & flowing. So I banded it & used a curling iron, then put him in a slinky. At the show, he looked so Quarterhorse-ish(lol). Within a year, he had a decent mane, within 2, it was flowing.
Hope mine is like that after! She's a Morab so I want the long flowing mane aswell!
 

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Have you considered banding it like western halter/pleasure horses are often done? Their manes are normally no longer than 2-3 inches and the bands keep them laying down and looking neat.



Though to be perfectly honest, I have no idea if that would work because I've never banded a horse....or roached one. :lol:
 

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Agree with trying banding. And its not as hard as you might think, just have someone help you, watch videos, and practice :)
 

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This is going to sound really girly so bear with me.

Do you have a flat iron for human hair?

Get that puppy, and iron the hair over to the right side. Then get some hairspray and mist it, then take our hand and smooth it over. It worked on Rebel for me.
 

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This is going to sound really girly so bear with me.

Do you have a flat iron for human hair?

Get that puppy, and iron the hair over to the right side. Then get some hairspray and mist it, then take our hand and smooth it over. It worked on Rebel for me.
I was gonna suggest that lol but figured people would think I'm crazy!
 

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Have you considered banding it like western halter/pleasure horses are often done? Their manes are normally no longer than 2-3 inches and the bands keep them laying down and looking neat.

Though to be perfectly honest, I have no idea if that would work because I've never banded a horse....or roached one. :lol:
Yes, but it still stand out, just not straight. Lol. Banding is the easiest type of "braiding" I've ever done. :lol:

This is going to sound really girly so bear with me. Do you have a flat iron for human hair? Get that puppy, and iron the hair over to the right side. Then get some hairspray and mist it, then take our hand and smooth it over. It worked on Rebel for me.
I've heard that straightening your horse's hair makes it fall out so I didn't try it.

Someone at my old barn straightened her belgian's tail and it fell out and wouldn't grow for almost five years. :shock:

I'll just put the good 'ol MTG to it. :rofl:
 

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yikes, all I can say is, I'm glad I have a walker and natural manes are the norm.

I straighten my own hair [I have a fro if I don't, x.x] and I can't imagine the tediousness if my horse's hair required as much attention as mine.. lol
 

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She has the Morgan mane/tail/forelock but when I bought her the previous owner tried trimming it to be like hunters/WP hair but completely failed at it so I roached it. Now its growing out rather fast but still too slow. Lol.
 

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Not helpful to OP but this post has convinced me to roach Comics mane this spring. I've been thinking about it because it's awful and thin and half stands up anyway. The mohawk look would be an improvement! :) Good luck with getting your mane to lay down.
 
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