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        02-06-2013, 11:18 AM
    Back-comb then use scissors to trim off just a bit if you're just trying to keep a really long mane from getting any longer. That's what I've been doing lately with my long-maned Kiger.
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        02-06-2013, 11:28 AM
    Thanks :)
        02-06-2013, 12:28 PM
    Green Broke
    My horse has enough mane both in thickness and length for a barn full of horses. I whacked off a good 6" with scissors (thinning shears, not regular scissors) and then pulled it (otherwise I would have been there for the rest of my life). I've gotten lazy and let it grow back out a few times and then repeated the above. Normally though, I just pull it a bit weekly so it stays nice.
        02-06-2013, 06:55 PM
    Eeek scissors! I am an old school believer in pulling manes...I use a pulling comb and it always looks great! That way you can also even out the thickness so it lays even...I have braided/ groomed for Grand Prix Dressage riders and if you took scissors to one of their manes you'd be shot!
        02-06-2013, 07:16 PM
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    I always had to pull the show & hunt horses which often meant twitching the ones that hate it - its the only way to get neat plaits unless you have a horse with a naturally thin mane
    I hate thinning tools as they always leave you with hair that eventually grows too thick at the base and then hard to pull and impossible to blend in
    Now I'm just into pleasure horses I still pull the manes of the ones who are OK but I'm afraid the ones that get antsy about it get scissored
        02-07-2013, 11:41 AM
    If you are doing western classes and band your horses mane...NEVER pull it! Use scissors. Nothing is worse than skimpy thin bands where you can see the neck inbetween the bands, and this is what happens if the mane is pulled.
        02-07-2013, 04:45 PM
    I have never felt the need to shorten my horse's mane.
        02-07-2013, 04:48 PM
    I ride western and use a combination of pulling and tidying up with scissors. On my mustang I thin out his mane as much as possible with scissors before pulling it short. Haven't pulled my new QH's mane yet because he's out of work for a while.
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        02-08-2013, 06:14 PM
    I always though pulling was mean... I just trim mine with scissors or if I want it really short cut most of it with scissors the take a shaver to it.
        02-08-2013, 06:30 PM
    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    I pull and pull and pull... I try to pull everytime I ride and then I use the razor scissors.... and his mane is still pony thick.....

    Same here! My guy has the thickest mane ever... as for his tail, well, it's pathetic lol... But I HAVE to pull his mane, it just gets way to out of control. It's best to pull the mane after your horse has been worked and are a bit sweaty as their pores are open more and it won't be as irritating for them.

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