Question!

How do I deal with my horse’s forelock?  It’s super fuzzy, there’s dandruff sometimes, and I can’t get all of it into a braid when we show. 

 

Ah, the forelock.  90 percent of the time it’s normal and you don’t notice anything, but then you brush it to the side or braid it and you find fuzz upon fuzz upon fuzz.  You may also find dandruff, icky skin, sticky hairs, you name it.  Typically, it’s not an issue unless you are at a show, or the skin stuff is starting to spread. Before I give you some ideas on what to do, if you notice a skin rash, irritation, crud, sticky gross stuff or anything that doesn’t match the rest of his coat, call your Veterinarian to rule out a skin infection.  

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These fuzzies are easily tamed with some mousse for braiding! Also notice the bits of hay, these add flair. 

 

Your horse may also need:

 

-More shampoo and a gently cleaning with water.  If your horse acts like a fool with the hose near her head, use sponges instead.  Be sure to rinse well. 

 

-Less shampoo and less cleaning with water.  Some horses just get too clean for their own good, and their skin reacts.  

 

-A diet check.  Do you have enough good fatty acids to keep a nice coat?  Make sure you are feeding Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids in the correct ratio.  Think flax seed and fresh pasture and not corn oil.  More on that here!

 

-A super nice brush.  High quality natural bristle brushes last a lifetime.  A nice finishing brush with short dense bristles is good for the forelock area. 

 

-Some product help!  Use a mane mousse to help you wrangle a fuzzy forelock into a braid.  You can also twist the stray fuzzy pieces together before you braid for a clean look. 

 

-If you are an expert with the clippers, you could use a tiny pair to trim the fuzzies away from the bulk of the forelock.  Or it could be instant no-forelock.  

 

How do you deal with your horse’s fuzzy forelock?