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Self Braided

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Two of our four horses have a habit of repeatedly getting their manes tangled into braided snarls. Since none of the four have shown interest in standing still to receive grooming, I have done nothing to interrupt the development of the tangles Mix and Mia have been developing for the last four months.

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They seem to bother me more than they do the horses. I asked the folks of “This Old Horse” if they thought the horses minded having those tangles. In their impression, the answer was basically, “No.” That triggered my decision to just leave their manes alone.

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I’m thinking the fix, if and when it might happen, may involve scissors more than a brush or comb. I also believe it will be a two-person project so that one person (John) can occupy the horse’s attention while the other (Cyndie) does the detangling. Most likely, treats will be offered as part of the process.

The only downside I see of combing out their manes for Mix and Mia is that it won’t last. They have proven their natural talent for self-braiding often enough for us to know the tangles will likely continue to reappear. The prevention for that will come when those two decide they like having their manes combed out. As soon as that happens, we will be happy to groom them regularly and often.

It’s up to them. They are the ones who will show us whether the tangles bother them or not.

I wonder if the only reason Swings and Light don’t develop tangles in their manes is because they don’t like their manes getting messed up.

As the old saying goes, if it hurts when you do “something” then stop doing it.

Based on that, I have no problem accepting that Mix and Mia don’t care about the tangles at all.

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Written by johnwhays

March 3, 2023 at 7:00 am