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Fresian mane help needed

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  • Fresian mane help needed

    Trainer wants mane braided in 3 places so its out of the way during a lesson. After the lesson, take the braid out and mane is free. Horse is fresian. Long mane. Currently in french braid or split braid. It gets dirty and trainer says its not healthy for the horse. Trainer arrives when horse is ready and tacked and groom meets horse when lesson is over. Suggestions on how to make 3 quick eady knots for the lesson. Easy to take out after? Thanks

  • #2
    Can you wash and condition his mane then braid it straight down in 3 sections? I'd make the braids loose-ish near the crest and secure with a braiding band at the bottom. I hate getting mane caught in my reins while working horses and it seems to make them awfully hot as well.


    • #3
      Most of the "hair" horses I know about where people are really invested in keeping the mane as long and luxurious as possible, they keep the mane in long braids that are loose at the top (so they don't itch), then tight below, and only take them down for periodic wash/condition/comb through or for shows, demos, photo ops, etc.


      • #4
        Leaving mane braided all the time, you could " braid the braids" up fast for lessons. Make them into 3 bundles that are out of the way for reins and hands.

        The only big issue with leaving horse braided all the time is the chance of snagging a braid, pulling it off. One of my horses did that with a small tail braid, found the lost braid caught on a sliver of wood at the stall door. All my tail braids came out that day, had only loose hair, flowing tails from then on. So do look for things braids can get snagged on in the stall, turnout paddock, fences and sheds. Small braids mean less hair loss if snagged, smaller hole in the loose mane. Do take the braids out regularly, condition hair, rebraid.

        We are clipper fans here, no long manes. Even showing, I kept horses with short, neat manes. These days the working horses are roached (hogged off), manes gone to help stay cooled in summer heat, saves grooming time with our multitude of horses They all have lovely necks. I do admire those flowing locks, the work they take, just don't want to own them! They make my hands itch for my clippers! Ha ha


        • #5
          I always put a running braid in for lessons, just as I did for competitions, with the Friesian mare I rode. I put the braid in right up at the crest of the neck, so that the whole neck was clear of hair while I rode. She looked beautiful that way. The mane was loose the rest of the time, and I discovered that Thinline reins don't get hung up in all the hair.


          • #6
            Everyone I know with long maned horses keeps them in braids that are loose at the top, tighter near the bottom all the time. They don't have to be terribly fancy, but they help keep the mane out of the way, and keep the horses considerably cooler during the summer weather. Wash, condition and braid. Repeat as needed to keep the mane clean and the braids reasonably tidy. Otherwise, do a quick french braid along the crest before your lesson.
            "So relax! Let's have some fun out here! This game's fun, OK? Fun goddamnit." Crash Davis; Bull Durham


            • #7
              I had a gelding last summer with a nice long mane (not super duper thick, but still plenty of hair). I kept his mane braided 24/7, otherwise it would become unmanageably knotted. I'd pull the braids out, brush it out, and rebraid every week to week and a half, depending on how messy they became. I didn't bother washing his mane each time, it was only washed for shows. Worked well and the braids kept his mane out of the way when riding.


              • #8
                My paint mare's mane must be close to 3 ft long. I always keep at least 2 braids in it. I rebraid every week to ten days. Someone tried telling me I was damaging the hair. Sure, and that is why her mane looks so good! Braid it, leave it. Leaving it down is what causes damage when she gets knots in it.