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    07-28-2010, 02:42 PM
  #11
Foal
I'm not a fan of roaching either, but on some horses it looks stunning( like the palomino)
     
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    07-29-2010, 10:25 AM
  #12
Green Broke
There is a new horse at my dad's barn who has a roached mane. I used to not like it, but I am ok with it now. He has had it roached for probably 2 or 3 months (Can't remember when he got there") But it is still short.
I think it depends on the horse.
     
    07-29-2010, 03:08 PM
  #13
Weanling
I just recently roached my Perchon's mane. Her hair grows extremely fast - like, at least 3 inches in a month (not joking). I love playing around with her mane because I know it'll grow back fast!
     
    08-06-2010, 12:10 PM
  #14
Weanling
I can't decide if I should roach Patches' mane. He keeps rubbing out the same chunk--right where it switchs from black to white. So that part stands up, while the rest of his mane is 8-15" long. And it has started to part down the middle, so he has mane on both sides of his neck, even if I brush it all over to one side. His mane grows fast (and is super thick), so I probably should just cut it.

What to do, what to do...somebody convince me. Please?
     
    08-07-2010, 11:12 AM
  #15
Green Broke
Try it! Hair always grows back! :)
     
    08-07-2010, 03:34 PM
  #16
Green Broke
I roached my horses mane...she has a black and white mane so she looks like a zebra.
     
    08-07-2010, 11:16 PM
  #17
Foal
I think anyone who wants to roach their horses hair should go for it. Hair grows back, and your horsey doesn't care anyway.
     
    08-10-2010, 01:25 PM
  #18
Yearling
I completely agree with everyone else. It depends on the horse.

Do you want to roach your geldings manes, and if so, is there a specific reason you want to do it? Would it need to be grown back by a specific time for some reason?

If you want to roach their manes, I'd say definitely try it. As mentioned above, it will always grow back, and your horse probably won't miss it too much.
     
    08-10-2010, 02:15 PM
  #19
Foal
I like a roached mane, but I don't roach my guys so they have something to get the flies to go away.
If you have any problems with flies, wait till the flies aren't so bad, so they don't drive him/her crazy.
     
    08-11-2010, 06:26 PM
  #20
Foal
I'm a firm believer in roaching!!! I roach my belgian cross mare's mane once a year (usually late spring early summer) because for some reason it just gets SUPER tangled all the time and it makes only one side of her neck sweat like crazy when it gets hot out. I do generally groom her rather often and apply lots of fly spray to her as well so that the flies don't pester her.

I personally LOVE her hair when it grows out and I'll keep it trimmed a little until about fall when I just let it do whatever it wants. It grows back SUPER fast as well like someone else said that their percheron's does. Maybe it's a draft thing?

Either way, as mentioned, do it if you feel like it!!! It will grow back and so long as you take good care of them with fly spray, flies shouldn't be an issue.

Note-I ALWAYS leave the forlock. One I think it's cute, and two, I know for sure that it helps with flies on her face (it's a really long forelock) and doesn't cause her face to sweat lol.
     

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