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Hoods and High Neck Erasing Mane?

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  • Meghan Original Poster Meghan
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    Hi there!

    I have had major issues with both high neck blankets and hoods rubbing my mare’s mane out. Wondering if anyone has had similar issues, if there’s anything I can do about it and how in the world I can get her mane to grow back. I live in MN so unfortunately, just not using hoods isn’t a great option, in particular after the horrible winter that we had this last year.

    Thanks for your help!

    brigette_beasley
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    Meghan,

    I’m sorry about your mare’s mane! Where exactly is her mane being rubbed out? Is it just where the high neck ends, or is it all along the inside surface of the hood/blanket? I prefer a lower-cut blanket and a hood, and I’ve had success in the past having a wide strip of a super-slippery but not too soft fabric sewn all along the inside of the “crest” of the hood. You want something with a really tight weave – think stiff satin.

    If the hood is so heavy that it rubs no matter what, try putting her in a slinky/sleazy that covers the face, neck, and shoulders. As long as it’s fitted long enough, it should really minimize the amount that the hair gets rubbed around as she moves her head and neck up and down to eat, drink, etc.

    As far as getting the hair to grow back, my old standby is MTG. It stinks, but it works great!

    Good luck!

    Brigette

    Meghan Original Poster Meghan
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    Thank you! I used a Rhino Wug on her and it rubbed her mane out completely up to the point where the “high neck” part stopped. Her mane is fairly thin anyway but this was unexpected! I had her in a blanket with a hood last year and had the same issue, pretty much in the same spot. I like the idea of sewing slippery fabric on to the hood…thank you, I think I’ll try that!

    I’ve been using MTG (and you’re right, it smells so gross!) and Eqyss Mega Tek Rebuilder. I haven’t seen huge results, but I’m also not especially patient, haha!

    stephanie_pulley
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    My gelding lost a lot of mane and the top half of his tail due to sweet itch last summer. On a horse forum, I found a recipe for accelerating hair regrowth. I used the shaved bridle path as my growth indicator area, which grew 2″ the first month! Two cups of olive oil with 5-6 drops of peppermint oil. Apply using a boar bristle brush to stimulate the follicle roots, then massage in with your fingers. Do this 2-3 times a week, the shampoo/conditioner on weekends. I would braid the tail once dry.

    I also feed a biotin supplement, Horseshoer’s Secret, for better hooves and to promote mane/tail growth.

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