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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug. 12, 2002
    Zone 6

    Default Training the mane?

    What's the best way to train hunter mane to stay to the right side?
    Braiding? A sleezy?

    This is for a young, not yet showing horse.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug. 31, 2011
    southeast Georgia


    I think keeping the mane well pulled and braided is the best way. My horse's mane naturally lies on the left; when I bought her, I pulled her mane and started braiding it over to the right. The lower half of her mane (starting with the withers) is now perfectly trained to stay on the right; the upper part I have to braid a couple of times a week to get it to stay.

    Good luck!
    I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan. 15, 2013


    Braiding worked best for my mare when half her mane decided to flip over to the left side. I kept it braided for a few weeks (redoing braids every few days) and its been on the right side since

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep. 7, 2009
    Lexington, KY


    I just wet it and braid it. Or keep it pulled really short so I don't have to worry.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov. 15, 2005


    When I cared where his mane went, I would wet it with a damp brush, brush it over and lay a towel on it while I groomed pre/post ride.

    Now that he's well into retirement he's a wild man and lovin' it, though I do still keep it short-ish. Some old habits die hard.

    Not that it helped much, he has a super thin section at the poll including a forelock that is so wiry and fine and would break instead of pull out, the next third flops to the wrong side and is SO thick, and the next third is very thin again and he was so sensitive about pulling it near his withers. I learned to get very good with thinning scissors, which is what I use to keep it trimmed now, cause why rile the geezer up?!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar. 6, 2006


    Well, for me, I'm going to braid for shows - and any other time I don't care where his mane is You can always braid the mane in whatever direction you want.

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