Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Southern Indiana
They chopped his mane..how to make it look better?
My big boy (who just turned 6 on Valentine's Day! Happy Birthday, J.!) John's former owners didn't want to take the time to work burrs out, so they chopped his mane and I hate the way it looks. He's got a very thick mane and while it's still fairly long, they chopped it with scissors in a straight line (along with chopping most of his forelock off). I'd like to have a more 'layered', natural look. The only thing I really know to do is 'pull' it like we used to years ago with the 4-H horses until it grows out, but it's just so thick and he's so tall that it would take forever and probably cripple my arms in the process :). Besides, I think pulling would leave a lot of ugly 'flyaways' when it starts to grow. Anything you guys can suggest? I know I've seen a 'thinning comb' somewhere, but I don't know how to use it or if it would really give me the results I want. Do I just have to deal with an ugly mane?
He's got the same deal going on with his tail, they cut it SUPER short because of burrs, but from the feel of it (short bone, 'squared off' edge) it's been docked anyway. The tail doesn't look as horrid as the mane, though.
Thanks for your advice!