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What should I do with my horse's mane?

He is skinny and it was looking very scraggly, so my trainer told me to pull it to 4 fingers long. I did this and it was a bit uneven, but I did an OK job. For some reason, his mane just won't work short and part of it sticks straight up, and the rest sticks up and then flops to the side or flops over to the other side of his neck. It looks pretty awful. Now it has grown out a bit, but just looks awful. If I pull it again, it will just go all over the place. If I let it grow long, it looks awful and won't work for when I show in the summer. My only other option is either to train it to stay falt (HOW?) or pull it so short that it is a mohawk (Could look cute...). Here are some pictures:
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http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y406/lolakeene/beethoventrail3_zps153e939a.jpg

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You need the mane a good length for braiding so 4 fingers sounds pretty good. To keep it down/ laying one side, what worked for me was to braid it like hunter stuff but stop with just the braid, no pulling it into a knot. When you braid each section make sure you are pulling down and as close to the neck as possible. We took out, brushed the mane about 2x a week. Don't condition for now, it just makes the hair slick and hard to keep in the braid. To help it be healthy, scrub the base of the mane with your curry comb to encourage circulation. You can also buy a sleezy like western horses wear, it will hold the braids down.

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It looks cute. He's a tb? If so, that's what they should look like, in my opinion. Don't fall for the silly stuff that's horse fashion. I used to have a horse, and I think it's all nonsense now, believe me.

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He's an underweight out of shape Hanoverian :P And I just think It looks too messy. Also, if I enter hunter classes it's really important for it to sit nicely. Plus, I think it will help him look less scraggly and make his crest look nicer (not that he really has one...).
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Put it in a braid.. or just like a ponytail (no pun intended).
Try and kind of keep it straightened and controlled.
You could just cut it really short, as you said, and it would look kind of like a mohawk and it would be easier to tame.
I would just brush it everyday, or wash it whenever you get a chance with a good conditioner (for humans).

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Thanks! I really need to wash it, but I don't think brushing is going to do much. And I can't quite straighten his mane
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Is the hair wiery? Because if it is and frizzy.. your gonna have a tough time.
But i would wash it first (efficiently) then see what happens for there.
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Try a French braid or a knob braid or you could have it pulled/cut or banded.

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What is banded exactly? And I'm not sure if pulling it will help as it really won't lie flat no matter what I do. Also, how do I french braid or knob braid it? Thanks!
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I actually got my answer from wikpedia: "horse mane", I was curious to know myself but my favorite is the knob braid and I also don't know how to do it........so yeah..
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Banding is when you take a small section of mane (about 1-2" wide) pull it down flat to the neck and wrap a band around it. Google pics of western pleasure horses and you'll see what it looks like.
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Eat that horse

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i used to have a horse with an unruly mane , i brushed his hair through and put it in a braid ! it made him look amazing and his hair wasnt a hassle anymore !

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My horse had a section of her mane like that so we ended up banding it(it was to short to braid) put some hair gel on and a slinky over top. It laid perfectly. Braids would work but then the hair is wavy. Good Luck

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