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Grooming the Mane

Some people spend a lot of time and money bathing and conditioning the manes on their horses. Does that really help?

Fact number one: Everybody wants to ride a good-looking horse. One of the most attractive features on any horse is a long, flowing, luxuriant mane. So how do you get that? It's partly hereditary, partly diet, and partly grooming. Susan Harris is a respected riding instructor and grooming expert. She explains why cleaning and conditioning the mane makes a difference.

"The shaft of the hair will get little irregularities that catch on things and that's what tends to make the hair snarl and stick to things and break off. So if you can use a conditioner and a sealer that smoothes out those long hair shafts and makes them long and smooth and slippery, then they don't break off so easily and you preserve the hair you've got."

What's true for the mane is also true for the tail, which presents an even greater detangling challenge.


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