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post #1 of 17 Old 05-23-2013, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Forelock: to pull or not to pull?

well, my new lease horse arrived last night! His mane is a mess so it has to go! I've never had a horse with such a robust forelock. Do you guys pull the forelock the same length as the mane, or keep the forelock a bit longer?
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post #2 of 17 Old 05-23-2013, 02:01 PM
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I keep a long forelock.
What a gorgeous boy! *drool*
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I would never pull a forelock. I keep my mane's nice and short, but never touch the forelock. I had a friend who pull her mare's forelock once, because she thought it was getting out of hand, it never grew back.
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post #4 of 17 Old 05-23-2013, 02:43 PM
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Never ever will I touch my horses forelock's. People using my horses have pulled them without my permission before and I hated it. My gelding has the most gorgeous poofy forelock that goes past his eyes and I've been told I should pull it, or will need to pull it for braiding (I don't). If anyone ever tried to pull his forelock I would absolutely freak. I'm a bit obsessive over my horse's hair though; I spend way too much time keeping his tail beautiful

His forelock is beautiful!! I would leave it for sure.
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We have pulled/trimmed the forelock. He looked like a wild man before the show. It's mostly all grown back, or would be if I didn't keep trimming it every now and then.
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post #6 of 17 Old 05-23-2013, 04:13 PM
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I think long forelocks look a bit out of place with a short mane so I tend to pull them or use a thinning blade and trim - I've never had a problem with them growing back
Our clyde cross has a really thick forelock and even pulled she looks like she has squared off 'bangs'
I don't care!!!
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post #7 of 17 Old 05-23-2013, 10:10 PM
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Reducing the width of the forelock enhances the horse's eyes and ears.
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post #8 of 17 Old 05-23-2013, 11:51 PM
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Dont pull it. I can see maybe cutting it, but thinning it... I personally would never.
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post #9 of 17 Old 05-24-2013, 12:09 AM
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I would say no leave it, it looks good on him. I am one that loves a good long forelock, mane and tail but then again I have no reason to need a short one because I trail ride and barrel race haha.
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post #10 of 17 Old 05-24-2013, 06:41 AM Thread Starter
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