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The forelock or foretop is a part of a horse's mane, that grows from the animal's poll and falls between the ears and onto the forehead. Some equines, such as ponies, have a naturally thick forelock, while other breeds (such as many Thoroughbreds) have a thinner forelock.


In competition, it is braided for some events, such as those in the dressage and hunt seat disciplines. Some breeds, such as the Andalusian, are usually shown with a long, full, and combed forelock rather than braided. The forelock may also be roached (shaved off) in some competitions, such as polo.

Human use

Forelock or is also slang for a human hair style popular in the 1980s. In the 19th century, it was a common salute where a person saluted another by "tugging the forelock" (see Salute).

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