Latigo Dun It's Luscious Locks

Latigo Dun It's Luscious Locks

Tomas Garcilazo, charro and rope artist, explains how the mane of his horse "Hollywood" has reached epic proportions.

A charro stands on his horse's back while twirling his rope. The horse is a  palomino stallion with a long mane.

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If you ogled the long, flowing locks on the cover of the June-July American Quarter Horse Journal, you may have wondered how Tomas Garcilazo keeps Latigo Dun It’s mane in pristine condition. That long mane is a credit to the American Quarter Horse stallion’s genetics, his owners say, but it is also due to impeccable care.

  • A healthy mane starts from the inside – good nutrition is key. The Garcilazo family feeds Nutrena products and adds a biotin supplement to help with the hair strength.
  • The mane is meticulously kept in braids whenever “Hollywood” is not performing.
  • The mane is gingerly handled when it’s time for grooming, bathing or preparation for an event to prevent hair damage or breakage.
  • They use natural grooming products that don’t dry or damage the hair.

Do you wish your horse's mane and tail looked more like Hollywood's? We found some great information from AQHA Corporate Partners SmartPak and Farnam that will help you get your own luscious locks. Like the Garcilazo family notes, there are a number of factors that play into healthy hair growth. A blog from SmartPak identifies some additional variables: 

  • Genetics. Some breeds tend to have thicker, more resilient hair than others.
  • Color. Horses of certain colors seem to have hair that’s more easily damaged than others.
  • Sun bleaching and damage. How much time does the horse spend outside?
  • Hair breakage from rubbing. Does the horse rub on fences, stall doors, trees, etc.? Is the horse sticking his head through the fence to eat grass?
  • Are there other horses in the herd causing mane or tail damage? Sometimes youngsters will chew each other’s tails.
  • Bathing frequency. Baths can dry out the hair coat, mane and tail, making them more vulnerable to damage.

Farnam goes into greater detail about how to brush out a mane and tail without damage: 

  1. Spray a detangler/shine product on the mane and tail; let it absorb for a few minutes while you curry and brush the rest of the horse. 
  2. Use your fingers to pick through the tail to remove any tangles, starting from the bottom and working your way up.
  3. If it’s tangle free, you can use a soft brush. Never use a comb in a tail; it pulls out too much hair.
  4. Use a mane comb to comb out the mane.
  5. If the mane is long or thick, treat it as you would a tail, skipping the comb and using your fingers or a soft brush instead.


 

  • Tomas Garcilazo and Latigo Dun It on the cover of June-July 2021 American Quarter Horse Journal

AQHA pedigree for Latigo Dun It or Hollywood, horse of Tomas Garcilazo