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  • Growing mane?

    Just bought this andalusian but his mane is effed any tips to grow a gorgeous long mane? Products, ect. Thanks!

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    Good nutrition, always use a detangler when combing it out, DON'T comb it out daily--just when you see tangles or need to get "stuff" out of it (burrs, pieces of tumbleweed, etc.) and always work from the ends back up to the crest.

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    • #3
      My hoof trimmer raves about their detangler. I'll be buying it for my new long maned pony in a few weeks. The horses' manes and tails on their website are pretty impressive.

      https://manelylonghair.com

      And feed flax!

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      • #4
        Fellow Andalusian owner here. I use little to no product in manes. I wash and condition (human products typically) as needed when the roots get cruddy or dirty. I occasionally spray with moisturizing spray, especially if the weather is dry or he's in the sun a fair amount. I use no silicone products, that can encourage breakage and dryness. I always brush from bottom to top. The mane is also kept braided (but not too tight), especially when working.

        When a very small portion of mane by his withers got chewed by his friend, I did use a mane liquid (Leovet maybe? I cannot recall) and massaged it into the roots to help stimulate growth. Massaging may have helped more than the product.

        I do feed flax, but also make sure his diet is balanced and has plenty of biotin, vitamin E, and protein/amino acids for good hoof and hair quality.

        But a lot of it is a waiting game when it has to grow back. Proper nutrition and not overly fussing and applying products is generally my approach for both mane and tail.

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        • #5
          We usually roach off manes for summer competition, let's the horses cool faster. I stop clipping about now, let manes grow out over winter. Have to say they look quite nice by spring! Length is all the same, thinner manes lay over at about 4 inches, while thicker manes take another month to lay down nicely.

          Hair growth is about an inch a month, so cutting now, gives you about 6 inches of new growth by first of April. NICE hair comes from good diet, products are minimally helpful to look nice. If his mane is tattered, rubbed in places, I would trim it off and start over. Even shortening it drastically to one length, up above the holes, which will give it a good start on regrowing back.

          I also shorten tails for winter to avoid mud balls, icy buildup dragging thru snow. With playful geldings, tail bags would not stay on. They all get shortened to mid-cannon for winter. HAIR GROWS BACK! Actually the tails look quite nice after being trimmed, appear to be thicker, darker, hang nicely. The trimmed length has come back by spring, no one can tell tails were shortened last fall.

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            I also shorten tails for winter to avoid mud balls, icy buildup dragging thru snow. With playful geldings, tail bags would not stay on. They all get shortened to mid-cannon for winter. HAIR GROWS BACK! Actually the tails look quite nice after being trimmed, appear to be thicker, darker, hang nicely. The trimmed length has come back by spring, no one can tell tails were shortened last fall.[/QUOTE]

            I do the same with tails; manes thrive on basic neglect

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            • #7
              McCauley's BioTime. I swear I don't work for this company, nor do I have any interest in it but I give it to my horse for hoof growth and his mane and tail grow like mad. He does have good hair growing genes but this supplement works very well for growing feet and hair. I can't keep up with his mane. I'm not showing so I just gave up and I cut it off periodically.
              "Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple Barry Switzer

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              • #8
                Ah yes, I forgot to add that I do trim the mane just as one would get trims on their own hair to keep it healthy. I do keep the tail banged, and shorter in the winter/mud season.

                I've tried the roach/cut off completely before and the mane never seemed to get as long as it was pre-roach. I don't know why. It just seemed to reach a stopping point of about 6 inches or so.

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