The horse's mane: what it is used for and tips for its care

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Horsehair, that delicate mane that adorns our equines, goes beyond its aesthetic function. This precious natural material is not only a symbol of the majesty of these animals, but also has several practical applications.

What is it used for?

The horse's mane is more important than we might think at first glance, as it has several functions. First, like the fur of other animals, it acts as a thermal insulator, protecting the animal from the cold by providing an additional layer around its neck and body.

Not only that, another utility is that it helps repel insects, as its texture and movement can scare away these annoying insects, providing some natural protection to the horse.

However, horsehair not only has uses in the horse, but throughout history it has been used to make musical bows, professional brushes and, more recently, has become an essential component in the manufacture of brushes for personal care and beauty products. Its strength makes it a unique and versatile material.

Essential care

To keep horsehair in optimal condition, it is crucial to follow some care tips:

  • Regular Brushing: It is important to brush the mane regularly to avoid tangles and maintain its natural softness. Use soft brushes specifically designed for this purpose.
  • Specific products: Use products designed to care for the mane, such as conditioners, detanglers and specific shampoos that maintain its shine and protect it against dryness and tangles.
  • Food: Animals naturally produce waxes and certain types of fats to keep their skins in optimal condition. These fats are essential components of the skin structures, providing them with rigidity and elasticity, while oils play a crucial role in generating shine. This is why taking care of your horse's nutrition helps keep the mane healthy and shiny.
  • Deworming: Intestinal parasites represent one of the main causes of the deterioration of horses' manes and tails, thus underlining the importance of following an appropriate deworming program for each individual. In addition, lice have the potential to induce an adverse effect on the appearance of the coat. If small eggs with a hayseed-like appearance are observed when examining the hair roots, immediate action is recommended.

One aspect that must be taken into account is the exposure of our horse to extreme climates. In these climatic conditions, such as the harshness of winter or the intensity of summer, a horse's mane can suffer due to cold, humidity or prolonged exposure to the sun.

To protect it, it is recommended to apply coconut or jojoba oil before brushing, providing hydration and preventing possible freezing during the winter.

During the summer season, it is advisable to avoid direct exposure to the sun and to use a net to protect the mane from harmful UV rays. This last point is especially relevant when considering that the skin of horses is more delicate to UV rays compared to that of humans, since they have less melanin as protection. An important point to know is that if the mane receives too much sun, it can begin to take on a coppery hue at the ends of the hair. This is a sign that they are getting slightly burned and more care should be taken with them, as they are more fragile.

Specifically, horses with light-colored coats are particularly prone to damage caused by ultraviolet radiation (UV rays). The most exposed areas of the body, the nose and ears, become more vulnerable to burns and other health problems.

In conclusion, the mane is more than a simple adornment, since it has essential functionalities for the horse's daily life. Its proper care not only contributes to maintaining an aesthetic appearance, but also ensures its comfort and health.

With practices such as hydration with natural oils, protection against the weather elements and attention to the specific needs of each season, we can preserve the vitality and shine of the mane.

Let's remember that a horse whose mane is well cared for reflects not only an attractive aesthetic, but also optimal care and respect for these noble equines.

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