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    07-20-2011, 01:34 PM
I pull Excel's. I cut Molly's, as she is a pain in the a$$ with mane pulling. Shakes her head all over the place and has a fit, not from the pain, but from the motion of pulling the hair down. She's been like that since her racing days, so I give in and just wet it and cut straight across.
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    07-20-2011, 01:55 PM
Originally Posted by gigem88    
I have Arabians so I don't cut their manes. But, a lady I know that shows QH said she cuts her horses manes with scissors and then takes the thinning shears to the ends so it doesn't look like its been cut with scissors! She's a hairdresser by the way.
I do this as well - use scissors then use thinning shears on the end so it's not so "clean cut". The day I ever actually pull a mane...haha!
    07-20-2011, 02:46 PM
As I said, I have a cutting system down, but I'm willing to try a couple different things.

I just flip his mane over to the off side, cut it straight across, flip it back over, and voila. If needed, I'll pull the stragglers to clean it up a little but that's not always necessary as long as I keep up with his mane.
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    07-20-2011, 02:54 PM
I personally like long, thick manes, so I usually don't do anything but spray in some leave-in conditioner/detangler and comb it out once a week or so.

I bought a cheap pair of thinning shears a few years ago, but they do not close properly, so I've never used them. I do have a thinning comb (I think that is what it is called) that I use for my appaloosa gelding. Since he doesn't have a very thick mane to start with, I do not want to pull it. So that is where the thinning comb comes in handy. Basically, it has a blade between the teeth, so you can cut with it. Leaves a nice edge, but does take some time.

I did roach my pinto arab's mane last August (never doing that again!), and I used clippers. They go through the mane faster than scissors, save your hands from repetitive snipping, and leave the desirable "rough edge."
    07-20-2011, 03:18 PM
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I pull and I cut....

I usually pull everytime I ride (when they are hot and sweaty their poors open and the mane pulls easier).

Then for show I band and once I'm banded, I cut w/ thinning scissors although last time I ran my clippers across the bottom and it turned out pretty ok....

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