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    06-07-2012, 10:33 PM
  #1
Foal
Horse Doesnt Like His Mane Being Pulled!

So,

I'm leasing a horse and I will be showing him in August and September. He's got a typical thick Belgian mane, and it desperately needs to be pulled. However, I asked his owner why it isn't, and she said he really doesn't like it. She also said he needed gum chains for her to even get a bit of it done.

Is there any way for him to not hate his mane being pulled? Are there any techniques to pulling a mane that might not annoy him as much? I don't want to just cut his mane, as this will make it grow back even thicker. I also don't want to roach his mane, as that isn't really acceptable in hunters. Any suggestions?

Thanks!
     
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    06-08-2012, 02:51 PM
  #2
Foal
My guy is the exact same way. If I even brush through his mane he'll rear.

I first taught him that whenever I put pressure on his halter and/or say "head" he will drop his head. Then I would get him accustomed to me brushing his mane. I use the same technique as pulling, but I use scissors to cut the hairs instead of pulling them out. It looks pretty much the same. And whenever Frazier starts to lift his head and get antsy, I simply give him the "head" command and then reward him. It really helps to keep him calm and its better than a lip chain IMO. Hope that helps!
     
    06-08-2012, 03:14 PM
  #3
Weanling
There is a thinning comb you can get at any tack and grooming supply store. I use it on my Percheron mare's very thick mane and it greatly helps. I don't particularly care for pulling the mane, as how would you like your hair to be tugged out of your head? It hurts you, I know it hurts them.
     
    06-08-2012, 09:51 PM
  #4
Weanling
You could try rubbing in 'Oil of Cloves' into the root area - mix it with equal quantity of 'Rubbing Alcohol' - it will slightly numb the skin.

Try pulling the mane immediately after work while the horse is still warm. I sometimes pull when I'm riding - just a few hairs within easy reach. Also only do a few pulls each day. So take a few weeks to pull the mane to the thickness you want.
     
    06-09-2012, 01:04 AM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by nucks93    
My guy is the exact same way. If I even brush through his mane he'll rear.

I first taught him that whenever I put pressure on his halter and/or say "head" he will drop his head. Then I would get him accustomed to me brushing his mane. I use the same technique as pulling, but I use scissors to cut the hairs instead of pulling them out. It looks pretty much the same. And whenever Frazier starts to lift his head and get antsy, I simply give him the "head" command and then reward him. It really helps to keep him calm and its better than a lip chain IMO. Hope that helps!
Had a horse that did not like it. Instead of pulling comb back like rattail comb would then trim keeping doing that untill you get the right lengh
     
    06-09-2012, 10:01 PM
  #6
Started
Lunge or ride him until he works up a little sweat the try...it opens the pores.

There is also some sort of pulling brush/comb thing that I can't remember the name of but it's for horses that don't like to get pulled. It's great because you actually just brush the mane like normal and it pulls it.
     

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