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post #1 of 24 Old 05-27-2011, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy HATES having mane pulled.

So, Callaway really hates having his mane pulled! It's worse at the top of his neck, but still not great at the bottom. He's broken a tie, by pulling back and he will rear and freak out.. and it's just not fun! Does anyone have any suggestions?

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post #2 of 24 Old 05-28-2011, 01:03 AM
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I was at a clinic recently, and the lady said that if you work a horse before pulling their mane, it doesn't hurt as much, as the pores open up.

So maybe if you work him, and get him hot, then then it might not bother him as much, as it won't hurt him?

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post #3 of 24 Old 05-28-2011, 01:10 AM
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Is there any reason that you just don't pull his mane? There are other alternatives to pulling manes such a thinning scissors or if you are careful enough, just a regular pair of scissors.

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post #4 of 24 Old 05-28-2011, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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In general I just don't like long manes. Plus I show (english) and I have to braid and stuff for certain classes. I'm not a fan of thinning scissors, never had good luck with them and if I cut his mane before I pull it, it wont lay flat :s He'd have like a half mohawk thing.

SocietyJoe: I'll give that a try! Anything to stop him from being so mad about it!

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You can use a main thinner rather than traditionally pulling. It has blades so it cuts and it doesn't pull much if you hold the hair at the roots.

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post #6 of 24 Old 05-28-2011, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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I guess lots of those gadgets work, but I'd way rather just be able to pull my horses mane.

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Then get your horse used to it, do a little at a time, and do it frequently.
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If his mane is fairly thin, you can absolutely use a thinning comb. There's some skill to using a thinning comb and having the mane still look right, I like to draw the comb through the mane at a 45 degree angle, doing very small sections of mane at a time. I have often used an old bottom clipper blade and that works very well too.

Pulling it after a hard work out is a great suggestion.

If you really *have* to pull it in order for it to lay over or braid properly, you've got a couple of options. 1.) Twitch him for the mane pulling. (You'll have to break this up in 15 - 20 minute sections.) 2.) Get a topical anesthetic sprary, either from your vet, or something over the counter like Solarcaine, and spray the heck out of the section of the mane right before you pull. 3.) Sedate him. If you're comfortable doing this yourself, great. A few cc's of ace IV will do the trick, you'll just need to work fast.
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post #9 of 24 Old 05-28-2011, 09:24 AM
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i like to pull only a few hairs out at a time, and when the horses relaxes/puts their head down, give them a small break and maybe a treat. this way they learn to be calm instead of fight and mane pulling will be a lot easier.

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post #10 of 24 Old 05-28-2011, 10:29 AM
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Every time I groom a horse I will make around 10 pulls from all over the neck. If the horse doesn't like it I will use either ambusal (sp?) or spray chloroseptic anesthetic to help deaden the hair roots. After every pull I will rub and praise the horse. Eventually, all horses I have learn to accept those 10 pulls without a fight. If I have to do a massive pull on a horse who objects (RARE occurrence), I will have a vet sedate the horse. Other than that, those 10 pulls per session maintains a nicely pulled mane forever.
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