"The knots that appear in a horse's mane are known as 'Fairy Knots'.
They suddenly appear without warning as if by some magical mystery.
During the night, it is said that a group of fairies wander out in search of horses.
Once their ideal horse is found, they actually twist their manes to form little stirrups and reins on the horse.
They then ride the horses all through the night and take them on magical adventures.
The horses are always returned by morning, but the knots are left for when the fairies come again.
It is said to be bad luck if you untwist the mane because when the fairies do come back, they have to redo all their hard work before they can ride once more.
This makes them a little upset.
Some tales also elaborate that if you leave your horse's mane braided, the fairies think more highly of them and ride them with more elegance."
Now, read "The Dialogue" between Rhett and me about the knots in his mane.
Scene: Breakfast time at the barn.
Karen: Rhett...dang son, what gives? You have lots of knots in your mane. You don't usually get knots in your mane, your tail - yes, but not your mane.
Rhett: I know...it's because I'm special. They are called 'fairy knots'. The fairies came in the middle of the night.
Notice the red one never has fairy knots in her mane.
Karen: Rhett, Sage doesn't have the kind of mane hair that knots. It's like cotton candy all the time.
Karen: Besides, Sarah gets these fairy knots in her mane nearly everyday.
Rhett: Her knots are witches knots. There is a big difference in what I have and what she gets. Trust me, she is as much of a witch as the red one.
Karen: Rhett, you know the red one's name is Sage. What about Koda's mane? He never gets fairy or witches knots.
Rhett: Well, you know...he ain't right. Really, not right!
Karen: Rhett, that's an awful thing for you to save about your brother.
Rhett: Back to me and the fairy knots in my mane. The fairies seem to ride my trot just fine.
Karen: Really?? The fairies ride your trot just fine? What does that even mean??
Rhett: The fairies come in the middle of the night and find their ideal horse...ME!. The fairies twisted my mane and made little stirrups and reins so they could ride me through the night and take me on a magical adventure.
Karen: Really?? They chose you as the one to ride?
Rhett: Of course, who else would they chose?? They are looking for the most ideal horse specimen. The ultimate of stunning and brave horses. A handsome studmuffin. Who else would they chose?
Karen: Well, I guess they have chosen Sarah too because she has fairy knots in her mane alot of the time. She must have visited many magical places on her rides.
Rhett: Are you kidding me?? I told you, she gets 'witches knots', not fairy knots. There is a difference.
Karen: What difference Rhett? A knot in the mane is a knot in the mane.
Rhett: Fairy knots, like I have, are woven beautifully into the ideal horse's mane.
Karen: Well, I wouldn't go so far as calling what you have in your mane 'beautifully woven'. They look like messy, tangled knots to me, I can imagine a witch making that kind of mess..
Rhett: You have your definition and I have mine. Witches knots are a nice way to me to replace the 'b' with a 'w'! That perfectly describes the black and white one and the red one and the knots they have in their manes.
Karen: Rhett, it's not nice to call either of them the 'b' word.
Rhett: All I can tell you is the fairies chose me. ME! The ideal one!
Karen: Lawd Rhett, some humility and humbleness would be nice.
Rhett: Naw, the fairies don't want to ride a humble mount, they want to ride a proud, magical, IDEAL mount! That's MEEEEEE!!
Karen: Smirking and shaking head with rolling eyes.