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    03-21-2013, 02:14 AM
Green Broke
Looks like someone got into the sugar jar! So pretty.
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    03-21-2013, 01:18 PM
Green Broke
Beautiful Horse! Another vote for pulling instead of cutting.
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    03-21-2013, 03:48 PM
Thanks! Can you guys tell me why you prefer pulling vs. cutting?
    03-21-2013, 04:01 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by BornToRun    
Thanks! Can you guys tell me why you prefer pulling vs. cutting?
Cutting leaves it looked very choppy and you end up with a mess of a mane. Pulling leaves it looking neat and tidy.

However my mare is a snot box and wont let me pull so I do cut hers. However I cup up into it so it gives it a pulled look. I still go through after and pull it here and there to tidy it up. It just takes me for freaking ever to pull her mane as she will rear and panic if you do it to suddenly.
    03-21-2013, 06:29 PM
Exactly what NB said... although, after I am done pulling I trim the mane just so its even.

I usually give my horse a bit of a work out (short lunge/hack), before I pull his mane, as it will cause him to open his pores and makes pulling easier... Plus it tires him out a bit as if he stands for a while he starts to paw and shake his neck from boredom.
    03-21-2013, 07:08 PM
I'm in the cutting camp actually. You have to be more careful and you have to master the "up cut" to make it look good. My boys mane isn't super thick so pulling it could make it too thin. I'm with NBEventer, go back after you cut it then pull as needed to make it look good.

That said, if your horses mane is thick (which it looks like it may be) then pulling totally the way to go.

As for the length, I was taught 4 fingers if you are doing button braids. It looks super short to me when it's done!

Good luck!
    03-23-2013, 04:08 PM

Id first pull her mane and then cut it to about 3 1/2 inches , depending on if you want to plait it,
    03-23-2013, 08:44 PM
What about roaching? How does everyone feel about that?
    03-23-2013, 08:45 PM
If it is just small local shows I would leave long and possibly do a running braid.
    03-23-2013, 08:46 PM
Originally Posted by BornToRun    
What about roaching? How does everyone feel about that?
NO NO her mane is too nice for that. She isn't a chunky barrel racer. That should be a crime for even asking that question.

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