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post #1 of 5 Old 02-15-2009, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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They chopped his 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!
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-15-2009, 12:11 PM
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I had success with my colt's wild mane by cutting it straight across the bottom, then I took 1/2 inch wide sections spread between two fingers and cut them at an angle, longer on the side closest to his neck and shorter on the top, just like a hair dresser does to people's hair so that it was layered. That got rid of the "Dutch Boy" look. I didn't get really good mane pictures after I did it but here are a couple shots.

Here it is banded for a show:

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post #3 of 5 Old 02-17-2009, 08:34 AM
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^^^ thats what my horses mane looks like, i agree 100% with them. its not too short, and perfect for show season, but not too long where it will just be bleh
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-17-2009, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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The "Dutch Boy" look...that's SO what it is! LOL! That made my day.

Thanks for the advice; I'll definitely try that.
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-30-2009, 09:42 AM
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If his tail is docked, you might want to leave it short.
The reason is, the longer it is the heavier it is and with a docked tail he doesn't have enough tail bone to pick up the weight. Then your left with a tail that he can't pick up and get out of the way when he has to poop.
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