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    09-27-2007, 07:59 AM
I personally would pull it, then if necessary cut it. But I personally do not like cutting manes, because they can end up looking uneven. Pulling is the best.

And afterwards, if the mane ends up sticking up, or not on the same side, then you could band or braidit flat. I do that alot with my horse's super short mane, because he looks funny if I don't.
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    09-30-2007, 05:27 PM
Re: Attention! Who has a horse with a mane like these.....

These manes are pulled by a expert I wouldent trust my self to do that I think you should find sombody who shows to do that for you......
    12-02-2007, 06:21 PM
Actually colleen you can cut a horses mane. Darby (my paint), her mane is very thin already and some horses just have thin manes, if I were to pull her mane, she would have no mane. So cutting is the best option for her. And my trainer who is very very good, did it and agrees that it is the best way to go for her.
    12-08-2007, 01:49 PM
When I used to show WP, we cut the manes (GASP!) LOL If a horse had a super thick mane, we pulled it and used banded it (besides, banding was super popular then and kept the mane from moving as much)

For med-thin manes we cut with scissors. Not even thinning shears. First, cut about an inch longer than you really want (2in your first time to allow room for error) horizontally, from ears to withers. Then, push the top layer of mane to the other side if possible, if not just be sure to not cut it in the next step- then I angle the scissors where the the blade is higher against the neck (a sort of "bevel" in the hair) and cut horizontally again down the length of the mane. This makes the hairs shorter that are closest to the neck, and you are only cutting half the thickness of the total mane. For thin manes, I just do this step through the whole mane, without splitting the thickness. This step lets the mane lay flatter.

Then I take my scissors almost vertical, slighty to the left and right (alternately) and make random snips about 1/4 in- 1in deep all down the mane. This breaks up that blunt look from cutting horizontal. I just do this over and over. This takes the rest of the extra inch you left in the first place. In thicker areas (usually up over the crest the mane grows thicker) you have to make more cuts than at the withers. This is your chance to even up the original cut you made if you left any section slightly longer.Just make more little snips. It makes a natural looking edge. It works pretty good and you don't have to painfully rip hair out of the skin -which the horses appreciate. 8)
    12-15-2007, 02:55 AM

Mathew ya fren from skool told me that you arent even a judge yo stiil go 2 pony club and that he never heard of you competing ya horse in in hand events just ridden so unless you are a judge while you still attend pony club and are only 16 yrs well.....never thought that you wuld judge hacking at that age.
    12-15-2007, 11:45 PM
I agree! The same with roaching!

Blu's mane is pretty long and thick! About nine inches or more! Hehe!
    02-08-2008, 03:24 AM
I would recommend seems daunting at first but once you get the hang of it its pretty quick and easy. Hiorses vary in tolerance to QH gelding didn't care when I did it AT ALL...........I now have a coming three year old QH filly......we'll see how she feels about it

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