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    11-14-2011, 05:08 PM
help for mane pulling

Hi, I was wondering if anyone can give me advice on pulling my horses mane?
I know a lot of people say horses can't feel it but my horse certainly can and he definitely doesn't like it. I've never had an issue with other horses, just him, he is pretty sensitive. I've tryed different methods including the Tteam way but he totally hates having it pulled.
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    11-14-2011, 06:27 PM
It's best to pull after they've been worked. When they're warm, the pores open up, making the hairs pull out easier. So take him for a little ride, or lunge him for a little bit, then get to work.

Take your time, and give yourself a couple days to finish it. It's best to spread out sessions on super sensitive horses. He can't feel any pain of the hair being pulled, but what he's not liking is the tug and pull on his neck.

^Lynn's method of pulling is one of my favorites. My gelding is fine with pulling out the mane real fast in the middle of his neck, and base of his withers, but up close to his poll, he's more sensitive, so I'll do it this way, and he's then relaxed and fine with it.
    11-15-2011, 10:37 AM
Thanks for the video I'll give it a try, its the same method I use except I always pulled the hair out!
    11-16-2011, 04:13 PM
Great! The method from the video worked! Thanks!!!
    11-16-2011, 07:54 PM
Glad I could help. It really is a good method. A lot slower, but the horses definitely prefer it.
    11-16-2011, 08:15 PM
I found the mane pulls much easier if done on a warm day or as DejaVu said after the horse has been worked & is warm. But, if that is not possible, it being winter & all, I have used a blowdryer on warm setting, that worked well too.
    11-16-2011, 08:29 PM
You can "pull" it without actually pulling it.
You get a thinning comb (I think it's called that anyway) it's a plastic comb with a razor blade inside it and basically what you do is flip the mane onto the opposite side of the neck, and comb through it, when you flip the mane back over you have pretty much just pulled the mane, by not actually pulling it, because the blade has cut the hairs you would have pulled out.

Some people I know prefer this method because they say pulling manes makes the horse bleed??? I personally haven't had that experience though

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