How to get mane/tail hair with roots

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    11-12-2013, 08:38 PM
How to get mane/tail hair with roots

I am trying to register my filly as a Friesian Sporthorse and they offer a DNA test which I am doing. But they require 40-50 mane/tail hairs with roots. I am at a loss as to how I am supposed to get that without pulling one hair at a time and hoping the root comes with it. I doubt that's very comfortable for my filly ... any other ideas??
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    11-12-2013, 08:44 PM
Here are a couple of guides..
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AQHA Australian Quarter Horse Association
    11-12-2013, 08:51 PM
Green Broke
Use a pulling comb. If you're not looking to shorten the mane any then grab a dozen hairs or so at a time on the underside of her mane and pull until you have enough with roots. Most horses that I've been around aren't bothered too much by pulling, and it's good for them to get used to it while they're young.
    11-12-2013, 09:26 PM
Wrap it around a pencil than tug. We have to do this often for color tests etc.
    11-12-2013, 09:31 PM
Awesome, thank you guys! I really appreciate it and I'm sure Elsa will too :)
    11-13-2013, 01:37 PM
If you pull a dozen at a times you might have fun trying to get the next bunch. When thinning I pull no more than 4 and the horse lets me continue.
    11-13-2013, 02:03 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
If you pull a dozen at a times you might have fun trying to get the next bunch. When thinning I pull no more than 4 and the horse lets me continue.
I've never had an issue pulling way more hairs than that at a time with any of the horses I've pulled... with a youngster it may be best to start slow though. Getting the job done quicker seems to tick the horses off less. I know that they SHOULD willingly stand for as long as it takes, but we all know how that goes...
    11-13-2013, 08:20 PM
I would also do it while your filly is warm, after exercise or on a hot day etc, since their pores are opened up further.
I pull my boys mane and I do it after working him and I get roots with every hair I pull. I use a metal mane comb
    11-13-2013, 09:43 PM
When I had tests done for my AQHA filly that required DNA, I just wrapped the hairs around my finger and pulled. I did it toward her withers so it wasn't too obvious. I'm sure your filly won't mind!
    11-14-2013, 02:49 AM
Your all so lucky in ireland we have to get the vet out to pull the hairs !

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