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I know there HAS to be some magical way to solve this:
my TB has the wacky mane. Going over both sides of his neck. I pull it but it just doesnt fall the way i want it to!
anyone know any tricks or anything they do to let the mane fall on the (right) side of the horse???
 

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Not sure if they are like human hair but on humans if you just keep fixing your hair to one side eventually you'll "train" it to fall to that side on its own. So if its like that just keep putting it to the right side?
 

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Not sure if they are like human hair but on humans if you just keep fixing your hair to one side eventually you'll "train" it to fall to that side on its own. So if its like that just keep putting it to the right side?
Thats what i've been told. I work on it everyday. its not as bad as before, but its sticking up, not as much laying on the opposite side anymore, but some of its sticking up and the other half is laying down on the right side. Mainly the middle is sticking up
 

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Hmm well the only thing I can think of to solve that would be grow it out but I'm not sure if you like to keep the mane short? How long have you been working on putting it to one side?
 

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I've been working on it since the middle of winter, just to get ready for show season, which the first show starts in a couple weeks. I dont like long manes. Enough to do a simple braid. About three- four inches long. its hard to keep it that short and not have it stick up but its possible for some horses.
 

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you could braid it all on the side you want, or if the mane isn't long enough for braids, you can band it. Maybe throw a sleezy on too.
 

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I agree with braiding it to the side you want and leaving it in for a while. It will train the mane to go on the side you want.
 

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I have this problem to with the mare I am testing. If you braid it, how long should/could you leave it in? Also, I have heard not to braid it tight, or it could break the hair, so, braid it loosely?
 

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braid it, but don't "knot" it up like you would for a show. You can leave it in for awhile I think, you can do it slightly tight, just not overly tight. Someone correct me if im wrong
 

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i wish you could just put hairspray on their manes!! haha i know you cant, but that would probably solve your problem. I agree, with the others. braid it and see what happens =]
 

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I have been really fortunate because Cobalt's mane naturally falls on the right side. Never owned a horse so perfect that way. One thing you can do is braid your horse's mane to the right side. Leave the braids in for however long it takes for the mane to train to stay on that side. If your horse's mane doesnt stay on the side it should stay on naturally, it's going to be endless battle as the mane will continue to part on the side it wants to part on. You will have to repeat that fairly regularly :)
 

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When half the mane lies on one side, it means the horse isn't working from behind.

So, not only to get the horses mane to lay correctly, but for your horses well being, start working on your horse bringing its butt under itself when you ride.

But, as a quick fix, dampen the mane on the side you want, every time you groom, and/or put a sleezy on, when the mane it damp.

And when you wash your horse, make sure you comb the mane to the side you want, so it dries on that side :)

Taffy's mane use to split halfway down his neck, so I started doing some hill work, so he brought his back end under, and today I went out to brush him, and his mane has trained itself to lie on the right hand side :D
 

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When half the mane lies on one side, it means the horse isn't working from behind.

So, not only to get the horses mane to lay correctly, but for your horses well being, start working on your horse bringing its butt under itself when you ride.

But, as a quick fix, dampen the mane on the side you want, every time you groom, and/or put a sleezy on, when the mane it damp.

And when you wash your horse, make sure you comb the mane to the side you want, so it dries on that side :)

Taffy's mane use to split halfway down his neck, so I started doing some hill work, so he brought his back end under, and today I went out to brush him, and his mane has trained itself to lie on the right hand side :D
Sorry, but how in the world would that have anything to do with the mane? Do you have a scintifice record of proven facts that prove this statment? I really don't belive that any of that connects in any way at all.
 

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Yeah... the whole mane-being-weird=bad-hind-end-work makes very little sense. Some of the time it's just because your horse has a really super thick mane (though that seems unlikely in the case of your TB). And what if all of the mane lies perfectly on the left side? What would that mean?

This leads me to a question I've had; is it more desireable to have the horse's mane lie to the right? Why is that?
 

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I wonder what the reasoning is for Vega's mane being straight up (when she was worked) and then when she wasn't in work, it started to fall over

Horse hair can have cowlicks (that makes it do all the wacky things) just like in human hair.
I know with my hair, if I part it down the middle some hairs will want to cross back over, and there's nothing I can do about it, except move the part over.

I think the proper side of the horse is the right side. Not 100% sure.
 

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This is gonna sound really stupid but,for my friends horse we actually used a hiar straightener on it everyday for about a month and it worked.lol.
 

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This is gonna sound really stupid but,for my friends horse we actually used a hiar straightener on it everyday for about a month and it worked.lol.
HAHAHAHAHA! LOL! That is halarious!
 
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