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post #1 of 18 Old 07-13-2013, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Cutting my horse's mane for the first time tomorrow....

I'm finally doing it. I'm cutting Wildfire's mane. When his mane is cooperating, it is beautiful. He has really long, wavy/borderline curly thick blonde hair. His mane gets knotted in the same spot and stays knotted for about 9 months out of the year and it is impossible to untangle and he looks like a hobo horse who isn't taken care of.
So tomorrow I am going to cut it. My other horse Luka has a short mane and it looks good on him (I bought him on June 20th of this year and his previous owner kept his mane cut). I don't want Wildfire to look stupid tho. His bangs get long and I have to cut them frequently and they always look silly. Poor guy. He is so handsome and his crazy Afro hair takes away from that.
Any tips on cutting his mane and bangs so that he won't look goofy??
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-14-2013, 12:04 AM
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Pull, don't cut. A cut mane will ALWAYS look dumb unless you spend hours perfecting it, and even then it's obviously cut and not pulled.
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post #3 of 18 Old 07-14-2013, 12:49 AM
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yeah I agree a cut maje looks bad
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post #4 of 18 Old 07-14-2013, 02:41 AM
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If his mane is as long and thick as you say, you might be alright to cut it about halfway, then pull the rest. I don't know if you guys have pulled a long, thick mane 100% of the way through, but it takes a true soldier to hang in that long. So I don't see anything wrong with maybe taking off a few inches, then pulling the rest; but yes, you MUST finish the mane with a pull.

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post #5 of 18 Old 07-14-2013, 10:48 AM
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Ahhh! Disaster waiting to happen. Never go near a horses mane with a scissors unless its for the bridle path. Otherwise leave the scissors at home!

Pulled mane:


Cut mane:



Pulled looks much more natural. And that cut mane isn't as bad as many I've seen.
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post #6 of 18 Old 07-14-2013, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Well I went ahead and cut it. I don't have the patience (or the heart) to PULL his hair out, and since he isn't a show horse it doesn't need to look perfect. I just wanted the knots out.
I took before and after pics. Hopefully it doesn't look too horrible!

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The longest part reached past his shoulders!


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I think it looks perfectly fine!

And just for the record, I would not pull a mane like that, its much too thin.
I'd cut it to a half inch longer than desired length, then turn the scissors vertical and trim, carefully, to make it look more natural.
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post #8 of 18 Old 07-14-2013, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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And just for the record, I would not pull a mane like that, its much too thin.
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His mane is considered thin? I always thought it was thick...well i'm glad I didn't pull it then!
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It doesn't look bad. I bet its cooler for him now too!

I have a horse with a very thin mane and I cut his, then turn the scissors and kinda score the bottom. It looks very natural and has a pulled appearance to it. So with a thin mane, it can be pulled off...no pun intended...thicker manes are a mess though with scissors. Yuck.
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post #10 of 18 Old 07-14-2013, 09:59 PM
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I cut and then razor my horses' manes. I do not have the patience for pulling (plus I just can't believe it doesn't hurt). Cutting is fast (relatively speaking) but if you razor it after it will take a bit however it DOES look like a pulled mane when you're done. The best recommendation I have on that count is to brush the mane to the opposite side that it normally lays on, cut it, razor it and then brush it back over to the normal side. It will NOT look cut if done right. And if it's still a little off, either razor more on the "correct" side or flip it back over, razor again and then flip back to see how it looks.
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