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Let me preface this by saying that I do not do shows...I trail ride and keep my horses as pets if that influences the suggestion.

Here are my two - the one of the left, is my mustang mare Maggie and she has the thickest mane and tail ever! I am looking for suggestions as to what I can do with it other than have it awkwardedly trimmed short. I obviously don't want to keep it long long as it is, but I also do not trim it up incredibly short. I've never braided before but would consider doing that as well if it's something that can stay in for a while. Her tail touches the ground and then some (but I already trimmed it up to the base of her pastern to keep it from dragging). Ideas? For sure I will be thinning it out. I will post pictures once I settle on an idea :)

I really just want to change it up a bit and feel clueless, haha



and for fun: this is her forelock and how fuzzy it can get :p


 

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Divo has a very thick, long, mane and I keep it washed, conditioned, and braided 24/7. I HATE cutting manes and tails! :D Braiding keeps it neat and clean, and is easy to take down and brush out for a really pretty look.

Red, on the other hand, used to have a very long but STRAIGHT mane (until Loki came along...it's growing back nicely now). I don't keep his braided because it takes care of itself. I'll braid it if it gets very long, but otherwise don't bother. Stays pretty well and tangle-free, easy to manage.
 

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Personally, I would leave it, but I love long manes ;)
My arab gelding's mane is near his shoulder and for the same reasons you were saying, I decided to braid it last week. However, after just a few days of being braided, my horse (who never rubbed his mane- hence why it is so long) was trying to rub it. The same thing happened to my mare, who also has a long mane. I decided that it was best just to leave it- I mean, that's how it got so long anyway.

ETA: And I am not referring to the horse in my avatar! That's my old man who only ever grew half a mane...I eventually trimmed it into a mohawk because it was so thin near his withers.
 

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Divo has a very thick, long, mane and I keep it washed, conditioned, and braided 24/7. I HATE cutting manes and tails! :D Braiding keeps it neat and clean, and is easy to take down and brush out for a really pretty look.
I hate cutting it, too. I think I will at least braid up her tail! Thanks for the input :)

Personally, I would leave it, but I love long manes ;)
My arab gelding's mane is near his shoulder and for the same reasons you were saying, I decided to braid it last week. However, after just a few days of being braided, my horse (who never rubbed his mane- hence why it is so long) was trying to rub it. The same thing happened to my mare, who also has a long mane. I decided that it was best just to leave it- I mean, that's how it got so long anyway.

ETA: And I am not referring to the horse in my avatar! That's my old man who only ever grew half a mane...I eventually trimmed it into a mohawk because it was so thin near his withers.
My boy Corkey has super thin hair...the polar opposite of Maggie, hehe. I've considered mohawk-ing it because it's scraggly. He's the one in my avatar. His tail is really sparse as well. Surprisingly though, the rest of his body is SUPER shiny and healthy that people tell me how sparkling he is :D
 

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I would trim just a tad and then braid it. Nothing fancy just long braids like you would do on a human. (Not sure what they're called in horse world. I always get the braid names mixed up). That should help keep them manageable. Then every few days or so pull the braids out and give the mane a nice brush/comb through (I prefer using brushes sometimes because the combs just tend to pull out the hairs. But you use whatever you like better).
 

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My filly, just under a year, has a nice mane that needs a little trimming and care, but she somehow lost about a 4 inch chunk out of the middle, which is now about 3-4 inches long and the rest of her mane is about 8 inches long. Should I cut it all to be even, or braid it up while it grows?
She looks ridiculous
 

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OP-I agree braid it to keep it neat but do not cut it.

Paws for yours I would cut it even and then let it grow out.
 

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i suggest a running braid on a long thick mane. they hold nicely, look nice, and keeps the mane out of your way. plus you don't have any long braids getting in the way of your hands. it looks hard, but it isn't. there's lots of tutorials on youtube.

 

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I would recommend not braiding, because of mosquitos, flies, etc... It keeps them off (and if you do the running braid, they cant use the mane to help whisk them off) And in winter, they are waterproof (at least my horses thinish mane) and will keep their neck dry .. Just my opinion! :) And also, if you do regular braids (not the running braid above) but regular ones just seperate ones that run down the neck, I feel like when a horse shakes his/her head, it wouldnt feel to nice .. If you have ever shaken a head with braids (multiple, not one) you would know!! I mean we might not care.. But a horse could be a confused and spooked... Now I do braid my horse's mane for shows (only the day of), and I brush it out well the day before but not braid it the day before (usually)
 
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i suggest a running braid on a long thick mane. they hold nicely, look nice, and keeps the mane out of your way. plus you don't have any long braids getting in the way of your hands. it looks hard, but it isn't. there's lots of tutorials on youtube.
beautiful! I think I am going to try that first!
 

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I have a TWH who has a super thick and long mane and tail. Along with most everyone here, I simply keep it very clean and braided. I absolutely love her hair, but get tired of burs and such getting in it, but that's where the braids help. :)
 

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I am working someone elses horse and her mane is really long (im used to my show horses mane :)). I dont like to leave it braided overnight in summer because of flies, mosquitos, ect. But its alot nicer and stays out of your way so you can enjoy your ride if you braid it before you go! I do the running braid because it looks nicer and is wayy faster :)
 

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OP-your Mustangs mane and forelock are much like my guys. SUPER thick. I have talked to a couple of major reining people about how to keep it. Those horses always have awesome manes. They actually pull it to trim it and get it to lay down on one side, and they trim it with scissors, just a little, which actually makes it grow better. After 35+ yrs of h/j and the mindset of never ever cut it....it was hard for me to do, but I will tell you-it did help.

In winter and spring muddiness I braid his tail up with strips of sheet in it, tie it up and wrap BELOW THE BONE with vetwrap. It stays on for 8 wks or so, until the spring muds are about gone. Really helps grow the tail.

I tried mane bags/braiding the mane last winter, and honestly, he was uncomfortable and rubbing, so I took it out. I was afraid he would catch a braid and pull out a huge hunk of mane, at which point I probably would have cried! lol. He was better with nothing. I do not brush it all the time-only every couple of weeks, since it breaks the hairs, I think.

That is my .02.......Oh and for me-MTG did not work, and it smells AWFUL!
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