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Thinning mane, etc.

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  • iweibust Original Poster
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    I purchased my horse last September and started him on SmartPak Ultra Combo – which has the component for digestive health, joints, and coat. It’s hard to tell if it’s doing much – although he is going well. All 3 components are for specific needs – he is 7 and has slight beginnings of arthritis in his hocks. His coat is nice an shiny, and his tail is long and thick, but for some reason his mane seems to be getting very thin – which was not the case when I first got him. I’m wondering what would address this specific deficiency? Flax? He is on Bermuda hay – and I feed rice bran pellets just a small scoop with his supplements. Wondering if that is the best choice. He is a very easy keeper, good weight and temperament otherwise.

    joni_foto
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    Flax-seed will help. Also the herbal supplement of Kelp with help your horse’s mane.
    Also if you have a tractor supply store near you, there is a product called Shapley’s Original M-T-G. I’ve used this product on my horse, who is 21, when my lesson accidentally cut his tail. I put the Shapley’s Original M-T-G on his tail and it worked wonders.

    iweibust Original Poster
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    Interesting on the Kelp – is there a specific brand?

    joni_foto
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    Sea Kelp will help,
    also make sure your horse is getting plenty nutrition.

    4forme
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    Do you feed any kind of grain or ration balancer? Bermuda hay alone would likely be deficient in protein and some minerals.

    pamisue
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    I’ve always found that a very high Biotin mg supp works best for hair issues, mane and tail, and also on us humans!

    Good luck….

    ellen_johnson
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    Is the hair falling out or is it being mechanically broken? Have you checked the base of the mane to see if there is a lot of scurf/dry skin or mites? Is there an area in the stall/pasture/paddock where he can rub his neck to get at an itch?

    The dry skin can be caused by either diet or the dry winter air, (same as you may have). If there are mites (little moving dots, can be yellowish) then you will need to use an insecticide for horses. You might also want to try a medicated shampoo in case it is being caused by a bacterial or fungal infection.

    P.S.
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    If you do feel that the thinning could be due to the mane’s being broken off (rather than falling out, or growing in thinly), check your hay feeder, particularly if other herdmates are suffering from the same problem. As odd as it may sound, the wrong kind of hay feeder can actually shear off sections of the horses’ manes as they withdraw from it, and the problem can be solved by changing to a different type of hay feeder.

    ArabRider
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    One other thing to consider is brushing the mane. Some brushes can pull out the hair, and thin the mane over time. Try using a detangler when brushing out the mane if you are getting a fair amount of hair in the brush.

    iweibust Original Poster
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    4forme I think you’re right – – he is on a rice bran pellet along with my SmarkPaks but I think the Bermuda may be the source of the deficiency – I don’t ever brush his mane or tail because I’m aware of the breakage factor – he doesn’t rub that I can see and doesn’t have pasture mates. I started supplementing the Bermuda with some higher quality Orchard from Oregon so hopefully that will help. I’m also wondering if the fact that he turned into a woolly mammoth this winter could be a factor – like all his resources were going into growing his coat, not his mane?

    4forme
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    Feeding a different kind of grass hay is not likely to help the protein level. I feed bermuda and 1 pound a day of ration balancer (like Grow N Win or Enrich Plus by Purina).

    If he is suddenly much woolier this year he may have Cushing’s; it might be wise to have a vet check him.

    iweibust Original Poster
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    I will check out the ration balancer. I didn’t have him last year but he is not showing signs of Cushings, and is already starting to shed out appropriately – good thought though. :)

    Horserider0815
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    Regardless of all the other helpful things mentioned, if you pull your horse’s mane, it could thin out. I had the same happen to my OTTB and I no longer pull his mane, but use a trimming comb. Consider this: https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/solocomb-1626
    I haven’t used this particular product, but I use something similar that does the same job without pulling. Best of luck and I hope this is the solution!!

    riding for Christ riding for Christ
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    What ellen_johnson said is what I would look for.

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