Although, genetics play the greatest role in a long and thick mane and tail, there are still some things you can do to help keep your horse's mane in the best possible condition. My greatest advice is to go and buy the Concentrated Herbal Shampoo, Silky Shine & Shield, and Leave-in Conditioner from EquinElite. The shampoo and conditioner you use matters greatly in the overall health of your horse's mane, tail, and coat. If you look at the label on the conditioner you're using for your horse, I can almost bet that there is alcohol in it. I bet you're thinking what I am, "What!?!?" Why would there be alcohol in your conditioner? Well, alcohol makes your hair soft at first, but then dries it out. EquinElite products have no alcohol at all - everything is natural. Hot Rod's mane and tail get washed once a week. We also leave his mane in small braids (loose at the top) 24/7. We try to do 8+ braids depending on the thickness of your horses hair. So, whenever we wash his mane we first un-braid his mane with our fingers and put a dime size drop of Silky Shine & Shield on the tangles and work out with our fingers. Never brush your horses mane or tail with a hairbrush! After that, we wet down his entire body, including mane and tail. We then wash his mane, tail, and body with the herbal shampoo and rinse immediately. Then, we use the leave-in conditioner and we use a lot! We let that soak for a bit and then rinse it out. Following, we use a little bit of the Silky Shine & Shield and work it with our fingers through his mane and tail, do not rinse this out. We make sure to let his mane completely dry before braiding to prevent breakage. After it dries, we braid in small brains (loose at the top) and call it good for 7 days. Then, we repeat!