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    03-17-2014, 01:17 AM
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Dealing with a super thick mane- roaching?

So, I am going to start to show Candy this summer. I am hoping to do dressage and maybe try some jumpers, eventing, and possibly do some hunters. I would only be doing lower level stuff. The main thing worrying me right now is Candy has a crazy mane and I can't pull it. She freaks out, throwing her head up, pulling back if tied or running off if held, and I am sure she would rear if she got provoked enough. She is getting her teeth done soon, so I am going to try to pull it when she is still drugged up afterwards. I wouldn't be surprised if she still managed to do something though. I "cut" her mane with a Solo Comb two months ago, but its so thick I can't back comb it enough to thin it out. Here is her mane... it is about 4-5 inches tall and two inches thick.



And yes, it really is 4 inches tall and sticks straight up.



In the middle it gets so thick when its long it flops over onto the right side of her neck, but otherwise its more onto the left side. I am really thinking about roaching/hogging her mane right now cause its such a mess. Do you guys think she would look okay with her maned roached? Hogged? Have you ever seen people showing in dressage, jumpers, eventing, or hunters with a roached or hogged mane? What do you think would look best? I also suck at braiding and would love to avoid paying someone to do it for me. Thanks guys..
     
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    03-18-2014, 09:57 PM
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Green Broke
Honestly I don't think it looks that bad! It's really not that long... If it's just local stuff do you need to braid it? If it were me I'd rather have her mane just like that rather then roaching it... I think roaching looks terrible! And I like to have something to grab if a jump goes badly! LOL! You could try and make it lay down by wetting, gelling, and braiding it in the direction you want it to lay (to the right for hunters). Repeat several days in a row, maybe get a mane tamer. And try and pull it when she's drugged. They're out pretty good when they're getting floated, hopefully you could get a bit pulled! It's definitely fine for the jumper ring as is.
     
    03-19-2014, 12:54 AM
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Honestly I don't think it looks that bad! It's really not that long... If it's just local stuff do you need to braid it? If it were me I'd rather have her mane just like that rather then roaching it... I think roaching looks terrible! And I like to have something to grab if a jump goes badly! LOL! You could try and make it lay down by wetting, gelling, and braiding it in the direction you want it to lay (to the right for hunters). Repeat several days in a row, maybe get a mane tamer. And try and pull it when she's drugged. They're out pretty good when they're getting floated, hopefully you could get a bit pulled! It's definitely fine for the jumper ring as is.
Thanks! I will not be doing just local shows, I hope to actually do some real stuff this summer. It is longer than it looks in the photos as well. I think it looks cute as it is right now, but I was thinking I might need to do something for shows, at least for the dressage stuff.
     
    03-19-2014, 04:23 PM
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Weanling
I once had a mare with an exceptionally thick mane, took forever to braid and there were so many it didn't look good. She absolutely hated having it pulled so one day I just took the clippers and shaved off about 1/3 of her mane on the underneath. Her mane laid over on the right side quite well and it was almost impossible to see where the hair had been removed and when I braided it the braids lay down on the right side and you couldn't tell that part of her mane was missing. So much easier to do and I just couldn't keep pulling it when she hated it so much.
I have seen roached manes at dressage shows but not often. Your horse's mane doesn't seem to lay over well so I don't know what it would look like if part was roached. Just a suggestion
     

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