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How to Fix a Horse's Split Mane

By Amanda Maddox

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A horse’s mane, similar to human hair, often develops a natural part in a random area. While it doesn’t affect the horse’s performance or health, it may be an eyesore for the owner, especially if it is a show horse. Correcting the split in the mane is generally easy to fix without spending much time or money.

Step 1

Brush and comb the horse’s mane to remove any mats or debris.

Step 2

Spray the mane with water using a squirt bottle. Don’t fully wet it; simply dampen it to help make it more pliable.

Step 3

Part out a 1 to 2 inch section of hair. Braid the section of hair starting close to the horse’s skin. Pull down gently while you braid, not out. Place a rubber band at the end of the braid.

Step 4

Move down the mane braiding it evenly in sections until the entire mane, including the split section, is braided to one side.

Step 5

Place a mane tamer over the braided mane. Leave it on for a couple of days to protect the braids. Remove the braids and comb out the mane.

Items you will need

  • Brush
  • Comb
  • Rubber bands
  • Mane tamer


  • 💡 Use the appropriate type of mane tamer for the time of year. For instance, if it is hot outside, use a mesh tamer.


  • Don’t turn your horse out for long periods while wearing the mane tamer. He may become tangled in a fence.

Photo Credits

  • BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images


Amanda Maddox began writing professionally in 2007. Her work appears on various websites focusing on topics about medical billing, coding, real estate, insurance, accounting and business. Maddox has her insurance and real estate licenses and holds an Associate of Applied Science in accounting and business administration from Wallace State Community College.