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post #1 of 11 Old 10-18-2008, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Butchered Mane

I personally love my horse's mane when it's long, but I had to cut and pull it becasue of show season, but I could never seem to get it too look good. He has these cowlicks about midway that make his hair stand straight up when it's short, and if it gets a bit longer, it falls half and half. The top and bottoms of his mane are perfect, no cowlicks, and they look nice when they're short and thinned. The part around the cowlick is so THICK, and it's like no amount of pulling can thin it out, and even when it's thinned a bit, that stupic cowlick just makes it look really bad. Even braiding is hard with this. As my mom puts it, his mane looks like it's been butchered...

Any ideas?

Here's a far off one where you can see one side of his mane...
http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/phot...48320_2239.jpg

And one of the other side...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...n706/fgfgh.jpg
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-18-2008, 11:08 AM
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I couldn't really see the pictures. They were dark ...

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post #3 of 11 Old 10-18-2008, 12:00 PM
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I could see it ; hmm I'm not sure what you can do to make it thinner though...I don't think it looks all that bad.

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There is this tool that we used on dogs who have a double coat I don't know the name of it but you can go to any groomer or someone who shows dogs and ask. But you comb it over the coat and it takes the undercoat out, it might do the same thing for a horse just don't brush to hard you you can cut the animal. It worked really well to thin the coat out I don't see why it wouldnt work for a mane.

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post #5 of 11 Old 10-20-2008, 05:08 PM
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There is this tool that we used on dogs who have a double coat I don't know the name of it but you can go to any groomer or someone who shows dogs and ask. But you comb it over the coat and it takes the undercoat out, it might do the same thing for a horse just don't brush to hard you you can cut the animal. It worked really well to thin the coat out I don't see why it wouldnt work for a mane.
*gasp* I want this@ my horse's mane is incredibly thick and long. I don't want to cut it but I want to thin it so I can braid in for spring show season

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post #6 of 11 Old 10-20-2008, 06:19 PM
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I don't think it looks that bad... for thickness, you can buy a mane comb that has a blade in it... and thin it out... should look something like this...



I'm hoping you'll be able to find one in your local saddlery. They're usually inexpensive... and I don't use the comb side, with thick hair it just breaks it... just use the thinning blade.
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There is this tool that we used on dogs who have a double coat I don't know the name of it but you can go to any groomer or someone who shows dogs and ask. But you comb it over the coat and it takes the undercoat out, it might do the same thing for a horse just don't brush to hard you you can cut the animal. It worked really well to thin the coat out I don't see why it wouldnt work for a mane.
the furminator?
If that is what you are talking about it won't help. I think it would ruin the mane
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No its not the furminator.

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post #9 of 11 Old 10-23-2008, 11:32 AM
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For now, simply let the mane grow out. Then pull it.

The mane has a purpose - to cool and protect the large blood veins/arteries in the neck in the summer, and to protect from flies. In winter it helps trap body heat and warm those same important veins and arteries. So unless you are showing, I would suggest you simply let it grow.

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For now, simply let the mane grow out. Then pull it.

The mane has a purpose - to cool and protect the large blood veins/arteries in the neck in the summer, and to protect from flies. In winter it helps trap body heat and warm those same important veins and arteries. So unless you are showing, I would suggest you simply let it grow.

Correct! I'd just leave it alone and let it serve its purpose, even if you don't think it looks "pretty" at the moment. Thinning or pulling a mane just makes the hair grow in thicker the next time around (just like humans shaving or waxing).
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