With Summer around the corner and lockdown being lifted soon we will be able to compete again!- Yay
This also means that we want our horses looking their best to show off the hard work spent training during lockdown.
Here we leave you some tips discussed this week in our socials in case you didn’t have time to catch up:
Does your horse have gaps in their mane from rubbing?
There are a lot of reasons why your horse’s mane might have some gaps or holes. Blankets and rugs can create patchy skin and manes throughout the winter, so consider the fit of their rugs to help alleviate pressure along the mane.
However, sometimes the causes are just natural – some horses just rub. So, it’s important to know your horses well.
A horse’s mane will grow anywhere from half-inch to 1.5inches in a month, depending on the breed of the horse and some other factors, too.
We recommend using Mane Event to help encourage healthy, and stronger hair regrowth.
Spray a little product to the affected area and gently massage it daily to encourage the follicular cells to flow, this will help the mane to be restored and grow healthier in only a few weeks.
Mane Event is a hand-made natural coconut-based product combined with 4 essential oils that also works great for hair loss prevention. Amazing results after 12 weeks of use- depending on the extent of the damage
Tips to have your horse’s tail looking fluffy and amazing
Work with your horse’s hair growth cycle.
Hair grows in three stages –The anagen phase is when hair is actively growing. Manes and tails are usually longer than body hair, which goes through two big sheds per year.
The catagen phase comes next. When the anagen phase is over, the hair rests in the follicle, deep in your horse’s skin. While this is happening, new hair starts to form in the same follicle.
And finally comes the telogen phase, when the older hairs fall out.
This incredible process can be helped for the best results with proper nutrition, exercise, and daily care. We recommend using Mane Event to protect both the mane and the tail against mud and winter damage.
It will help healthy growth on the tail, too, but remember the tail takes about a year to grow from the dock to the hock. Mane Event will help against hair follicular breakage, unlike products containing silicone.
Now for fluffiness for dressage horses, trimming the ends so that they are equal can help creating more volume, for example, and brushing the tail with a soft hairbrush after detangling with fingers or a wide-tooth comb will help.
Now when it comes to how to clean your horse’s tail and mane any time of the year, using gentle products can help you keep everything clean, but sometimes with tails, it is a bit harder to
get yellow stains out… So, what do we do?
The Shampoo is good to use any time of the year as no sulphates, which means low suds and so less rinsing which is great in colder months – I always boil a kettle and get a bucket of warm water and dunk the bottom of the tail in and wash this way during the winter. I do not feel it’s necessary to wash the top of the tail in cold conditions.
The mane is difficult too in these conditions so I add the shampoo to the bucket of warm water and sponge on to the mane then massage in and rinse/sponge off with a clean bucket of warm water, towel dry the neck, and put an extra rug (without a neck) on until dry, apply a small amount of Mane Event to your hands and massage along the entire mane and then down the lengths and brush.
Then I brush out my horse’s tail starting from the bottom and work my way up.
The best way to keep mane and tail in the best condition is to brush with a soft hairbrush after detangling with fingers or a wide-tooth comb as we mentioned in our previous post.
Plaiting the length of the tail can also help keep it cleaner during turnout in muddy conditions. And talking about plaiting, here are some tips on how to braid your horse’s mane:
Braiding can be fun sometimes and allows you to connect with your horse!
There are loads of different styles of braids for all sorts of disciplines, but we can divide them into two categories – short manes and long manes.
Short manes are easier to braid, in competitions it is always suggested 4 fingers long for the different disciplines unless your horse’s mane is curly and wavy which you will want to go for longer – 5 to 6 fingers, just in case.
Then, if you want to create an even density in the mane, you will need to thin the mane in the middle section with a thinning comb with a retractable blade. This will leave you with lots of shorter hair sticking out, but, with some twisting, this can help a bit.
For long manes, you can get away with a little bit more variation in the thickness and still be ok. When it comes to plating I like playing around with their hair to see what width of braid works best. Take your time, until you both get used to it.
If, in your horse’s case, they don’t have enough hair or have huge gaps in the mane caused by winter rugs, we recommend using our best seller Mane Event.
We hope all these tips helped and you can now join the hundreds of customers who have already discovered how much Mane Event can help regrow enough mane to get plaits in within 2-4 weeks. Just in time for competitions!
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