How to take care of your horse's mane

12 November 2019

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What is a mane?

The mane refers to the hair that grows on the top of the neck of a horse. This hair is thicker and coarser than the rest of the horse’s soft coat. The mane naturally grows to cover the neck. Some horses might have a thicker or longer mane whilst some might have thinner, shorter manes; this is hereditary.

Some horses such as those that are involved in the circus have manes that can grow to their knees. Some have theirs shaved off because the owner finds it fashionable. The mane usually keeps the horse’s neck warm and helps water to run off the neck. The mane can also protect the horse from flies but usually the first line of defence is the tail.

Ponies usually have the thickest manes, but the thickness can vary between different horse breeds.

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There are many ways to take care of your horse’s mane, such as:
  • A horse’s mane creates a lump under the crown of the horse’s bridle, the thicker the mane the bigger the lump. It is more comfortable for the horse to clip the bridle path.
  • It is important to keep the mane clean and as slick as possible. You must keep in mind the reins; it shouldn’t be so slick that the reins become slippery. The clean and slick mane is much more manageable and not so wild.
  • In the summer months, the best thing to do is to get rid of the main, this will help the horse stay cool when they are outdoors.
  • If the mane is getting long, you can loosely braid it. This can be helpful for riding and taming the mane to one side. Wide and loose braids are the most comfortable and will keep everything contained. You could use human hair ties for a little something special.
  • You could let the mane grow long, the longer it is the easier it is to tame to one side.
  • You can thin the mane out in the summer months, if completely getting rid of it isn’t your thing. You will simply need to pull out the hair strands, some horses are happy with this but some aren’t.
  • You can use a solo comb to thin out the mane, this is less aggressive than pulling the hair out. The only disadvantage of this is that the base of the mane can become a little wild with using the solo comb. This means that you are buzzing some of the mane at the base which leaves a lot of really short hairs.

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