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post #1 of 27 Old 02-03-2010, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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I roached it!!

I was going to just pull it, so I cut some of the length off and started pulling. A few minutes into it I changed my mind, and decided to shave it all off, lol. I have on question though, about her pathetic forelock. I'm contemplating shaving that off too. I'm thinking of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron and how he had that mohawk when the military caught him. I think Ricci could pull it off with her overflowing personality. What do you think?

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post #2 of 27 Old 02-03-2010, 07:10 PM
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I don't know, I think if it was me, I would leave her forelock as it is. If you were to cut it off too, the naked forehead and her blaze would make her face seem too long. I think she looks good in a roach, though it would look better in the summer without the contrast with her poofy winter hair.
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post #3 of 27 Old 02-03-2010, 07:11 PM
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I really like it !
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I would leave the forelock. There's a boarder at my barn who roaches her Arabs mane, and last time she did it, she decided to do the forelock too. Poor horse looks pathetic. Of course she's fat, and the roached mane just makes her look fatter. But the owner doesn't have time to come out during the week, so she says its easier to roach the mane instead of trying to keep it nice, as its pretty thick I guess. Your horse looks good with a roached mane. For a few years the only horses I'd seen with roached manes were the polo ponies, and I always thought they looked a bit weird, but I'm starting to like certain horses with roached manes. She's a pretty girl.
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post #5 of 27 Old 02-03-2010, 07:33 PM
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I'd leave the forelock as well. She looks really good with a roach though!

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post #6 of 27 Old 02-03-2010, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Yay, I'm glad you all think she looks good! I'll be sure to pass along your compliments. =]

And by the way, I'm fully prepared to go to the barn tomorrow morning to feed and doing a double take when I see her lack of mane again, lol.

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i usualy like like long manes but it is very pretty!!!
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post #8 of 27 Old 02-03-2010, 08:41 PM
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it looks beautiful!!! haha this is hilarious because i just roached my mares mane too! haha i love the look. i would leave the forelock, that can take a long time to grow back!!! haha im goign for the spirit look to ;)

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post #9 of 27 Old 02-03-2010, 09:09 PM
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I saw a horse at a game show once that was roached but it was longer, like right at the point it was going to start laying over so it was really tall :) it looked awesome! I have thought about doing it to one of my boys but just haven't worked up the nerve. Then at the next show the same girl had cut out sections and it looked even cooler! I loved it. So props to you for doing it!
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post #10 of 27 Old 02-03-2010, 09:50 PM
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Aww she looks cute =) I love roached manes. If I felt like my horse could pull it off I'd do it in a snap!
I'd definitely leave the forelock though. I think it usually looks weird on horses when people take off the forelock..not usually as cute as it looked in Spirit =P

But what you can do if you're unhappy with her forelock is to get MTG for it. You really won't believe the difference you'll see. I have this horse I've owned for two years, an older guy at least 25..he had the wimpiest forelock I've ever seen and I figured that it would just be that way forever, but I just got MTG two months ago and decided to give it a light trim and start using MTG and the thing has already doubled in length and it looking so much fuller and healthier, it's amazing.
I'd definitely give that a shot.
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