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        04-08-2013, 02:11 PM
    Green Broke
    Is this acceptable?

    I got a new paint gelding that I am going to do WP with and he needs his mane cut/maybe thinned.
    But this is a picture of my old mare that I cut her mane and it does look good to me, but I don't know if it is acceptable for western pleasure
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        04-08-2013, 02:45 PM
    Are you familiar with pulling manes? Cutting looks very unnatural, so most people prefer to pull it and most judges prefer it. You will want a short mane (about 4") but you will want to do it by pulling
        04-08-2013, 02:54 PM
    Contact a local Pony Club or stable that gives lessons. Many teenage girls show and don't have their own horse, BUT they know how to show groom, and that often includes pulling manes and tails.
        04-08-2013, 03:07 PM
    A short Banded Mane is what you want for showing WP. The Pic of your mares mane is typical look of pre banded mane.
        04-08-2013, 03:43 PM
    Green Broke
    I don't know how to pull but I can go to the local stable and learn how I think. Thank you!
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        04-08-2013, 03:48 PM
    Green Broke
    They sell special scissors you can cut the mane with to give it a more natural look without pulling it. It's a huge time saver and I've met a few horses who didn't like having their manes pulled. Overall, I liked the result and couldn't tell the difference. I can't find them online right now, of course, but they are out there somewhere. I'll try to find a brand name on them if my friend still has them.
        04-08-2013, 03:54 PM
    Slidestop, are you talking about thinning shears?

    My Dad used to use a thinning razor to "pull" the manes on his show horses. It would shorten it to the right length without giving it the blunt scissor-cut look.
        04-08-2013, 03:59 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Slidestop, are you talking about thinning shears?

    My Dad used to use a thinning razor to "pull" the manes on his show horses. It would shorten it to the right length without giving it the blunt scissor-cut look.
    Could be, it was a few years ago.

    Edit: yes, I believe they were.
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        04-08-2013, 04:33 PM
    You can get thinning shears for peeps at a lot of places. Try WalMart or someplace like that...or a beauty supply if you want to pay more.
        04-08-2013, 04:40 PM
    Green Broke
    I have some sorry of thinning shears. I want sure if that would cut it correctly though
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