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Date Posted: 12:13:14 07/26/06 Wed
Author: H.Marie
Subject: Mane managment
In reply to: Megan 's message, "to braid or not to???" on 05:10:56 07/26/06 Wed

I think braided or not, the mane will rip unless your horse is stall kept. My gelding seemed to be stall kept before I got him as he was the most pristine animal I've ever seen with a braid down past his shoulder!

Since I've had him, and I believe turn out as much as possible is vital-- if not pasture living-- he has lost a good chunk of hair. Either from rubbing, or his "herd".

I do braid his mane, however. I don't do it so much for growth (honestly, I don't think it speeds growth), but to maintain the hair he has, as the braid seems to help keep moisture in and when you take it out, you'll have a more volumized mane! I leave the braid in for less than a week, then leave it down for awhile (especially in summer with the flies)... like SaskiaE said, you have to do it over and over. It does come loose, pulls or starts growing out. I know someone who washed their horse's mane then braided it and repeated every three days! Unless you want do go all natural (and there's nothing at all wrong with that!) it's a lot of maintainence.

As for products...I'm actually still looking for a good hair care product! Mane n Tail worked wonders with my old TB mare...not in my Friesian's though (even though Anton is a big sponsor!)!

Farnam's natural Equinessence (or whatever it is) is good for volume. Or Pantene's line for woman of color...no kidding!

I tried Healthy Hair Care's Oil, and while I really liked it-- it really absorbed and softened the hair-- he was allergic to something in it and broke out with scruff on his neck. So, I actually would like to find a similar oil to use.

I just bought EQyss Mega Tek cell rebuilder in hopes to get back the amount of hair he had. We'll see...

I use Shapley's M-T-G in his fetlocks (since it also has anti-fungal properties, to avoid scrathches). I haven't used it regularly in his mane as it smells like beef jerky, but I should try, to see if I can get his hair to grow back in?!

Anyone try Quic Condition 1 and/or 2? That's my next investment.

(hey Kelsey, here's one of those times when a product review page might come in handy! *hint hint*)

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