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    10-10-2009, 04:06 PM
  #11
Yearling
Looks great!!

But wait - you can PAY people to do that????? Who are they and where do I find one LOL!
     
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    10-10-2009, 07:09 PM
  #12
Started
Thanks so much everyone! =D

And thank you TroubledTB, I will definitely keep that in mind. I do notice that it is a whole lot thicker in the middle and I can see the difference when I do it all the same so I try to do more cutting rather than pulling in the thinner areas, but it hadn't even occured to me that I could go even further with that to make it more uniform, or that it would have an effect on the braiding. I'll definitely work harder at that =)
     
    10-12-2009, 12:36 AM
  #13
Foal
Ok I see what the end result is of pulling but what is it exactly. I've never heard of it. How do you do it?
     
    10-12-2009, 03:23 AM
  #14
Foal
It looks very neat, I wish I could pull amne like that ............
Well done
     
    10-12-2009, 03:41 AM
  #15
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Jensand305:
Well I'm no professional as I'm relatively new to it myself, but I'll tell you what I know

In many disciplines (hunter, jumping, dressage, western pleasure for example) manes are pulled short and braided or banded for competition, I believe the original purpose being to keep the mane out of the way of the rider's hands, which as you can imagine it does. Manes are pulled to a specific length to be put into button braids:



Or to be banded, as seen in western pleasure:



The mane has to be pulled to be braided or banded properly for showing
But you may just pull a horse's mane if you like the look of it that way, like I do with my guy right now since we aren't showing in anything anytime soon =)

To pull a mane, you cut it to just a bit longer than the desired length (preferably with thinning shears) and literally pull out longer pieces of the mane, as shown in this video:
It can be done with a pulling comb, or by hand. That's just a matter of preference. You just basically do the same thing as shown in the video, but with your hands.

Mane pulling usually does not bother horses as they're pretty tough in that area, but it does bother some horses. In those cases, rather than actually pulling the hairs out, you go through the same process but with a razor specifically designed for this purpose. You go through the same process of collecting the unwanted hairs, but instead of pulling them you just cut them with the razor. The solocomb seems best for this:



It works as a normal comb, so you brush through it and back-comb it to collect the hairs, but at the same time that you would normally pull the hairs out, you squeeze the lever there in the handle and a blade comes down and cuts the hairs. Pretty handy I can imagine =)


Anyway..enough about that. I'm nothing if not informational =P
     
    10-12-2009, 04:20 AM
  #16
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Barebackcowgirl99:
Thanks so much =D I'm way obsessive about it haha when I'm in a hurry I don't even look at his mane because I always seem to find something that could be touched up somewhere and if I saw it it would drive me crazy xD
Which is basically why I needed to post this here..it simply must be perfect =P
     
    10-12-2009, 10:50 AM
  #17
Weanling
Looks good! Just a little suggestion :) to help save LOTS of time and strain on you and your horse try using thinning shears! It works wonderfully and so much easier than pulling. Also, it looks a lot neater!
     
    10-12-2009, 12:32 PM
  #18
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I don't know if this is just a US thing but your horses mane is on the wrong side :) with that said it looks AMAZING! Can you come do my horses? :)
     
    10-12-2009, 01:03 PM
  #19
Foal
Looks great!
     
    10-12-2009, 05:12 PM
  #20
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Originally Posted by kchfuller    
i don't know if this is just a US thing but your horses mane is on the wrong side :) with that said it looks AMAZING! Can you come do my horses? :)
yeah for some reason both of my horses just happened to come with them on the wrong side haha I probably should switch Kainne's at least, but I've been a bit lazy. I probably should work on doing that sometime..I do have a sleazy somewhere that could help me with that..hmm..new project for me? =P
Well thanks so much! =D I totally would. I actually really enjoy doing it, I get weird about making things all tidy and perfect xD
     

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