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    02-04-2010, 06:59 PM
  #11
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Originally Posted by rockyxpony    
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.
Would MTG work with growing out my Paso Fino's mane and tail to a Fino-acceptable length? It's pretty short right now, and Paso's are generally shown with long, natural manes and tails

Btw, love the roached mane on your Paint!
     
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    02-04-2010, 07:03 PM
  #12
Trained
MTG usually helps with all hair, a blanket rub on their shoulder, manes, tails, wounds, etc. It doesn't work on some horses, and some horses get a bad reaction so just keep an eye on it. Also it's REALLY greasy stuff, and smells terrible, so use gloves. AND it draws sunlight to it, so it may cause a sunburn. =]
     
    02-04-2010, 07:27 PM
  #13
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I love it.

I might roach both of mine come spring. My mares mane is longer then her neck, and a pain when we have to do shots. Its hard to pull anything that long lol. My baby has a two tone look going on with his mane, so im hoping it will look better after it can regrow.

I roached a tb I had a while ago. He had the skinniest neck, but he looked really good with his mane gone. Not sure why.
     
    02-04-2010, 07:31 PM
  #14
Yearling
She looks great! (I prefer roached to pulled anyway), I'd leave the forelock. I roached Magic's mane because I was having trouble keeping it clean and he has the mohawk right now. My mule gets her's roached, forelock and all, I think she looks best that way. My mini also had his all roached (forlock to), but that was only because the yearling had eaten it, I'm not loving it and will be glad when it's all grown back out.
     
    02-04-2010, 07:34 PM
  #15
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Equiniphile- Yep, what riccil0ve said is very true. You have to be a bit careful with it but when it works, it WORKS. And the sun burn/sun bleaching seems to be combatted pretty well by what I've been doing with my guy's black hair..I'm sure to either apply the MTG when it's dark or cloudy or when he's going to be under covers for awhile, and I always follow it by a pretty heavy application of Absorbine's Santa Fe detangler spray (which is great for the hair AND has sunscreen in it), then I braid the hair and bag his tail. So far his hair is staying pretty black.
It definitely is very greasy though. But I think it's a pretty small price to pay for the incredible results! And all you have to do is just give it a good wash and it's back to normal.
You only have to use it once a week max so it's not too bad. Plenty of people use it every other week or even once every month or every other month and still get some pretty great results.
And I should also note, giving it a really light trim first really does wonders, too.

So if you're willing to put out the effort, it definitely could help you with your guy. =)
     
    02-04-2010, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by rockyxpony    
equiniphile- Yep, what riccil0ve said is very true. You have to be a bit careful with it but when it works, it WORKS. And the sun burn/sun bleaching seems to be combatted pretty well by what I've been doing with my guy's black hair..I'm sure to either apply the MTG when it's dark or cloudy or when he's going to be under covers for awhile, and I always follow it by a pretty heavy application of Absorbine's Santa Fe detangler spray (which is great for the hair AND has sunscreen in it), then I braid the hair and bag his tail. So far his hair is staying pretty black.
It definitely is very greasy though. But I think it's a pretty small price to pay for the incredible results! And all you have to do is just give it a good wash and it's back to normal.
You only have to use it once a week max so it's not too bad. Plenty of people use it every other week or even once every month or every other month and still get some pretty great results.
And I should also note, giving it a really light trim first really does wonders, too.

So if you're willing to put out the effort, it definitely could help you with your guy. =)
I'm willing to try anything lol! Thanks rockyy and riccil, I think I'll pick some up this weekend
     
    02-04-2010, 07:53 PM
  #17
Weanling
It looks good I like roached manes on some horse yours pulls it of beautifully I personally would leave the forlock I have seen horses that take along time to grow back and then it looks goofy
     
    02-04-2010, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
I'm willing to try anything lol! Thanks rockyy and riccil, I think I'll pick some up this weekend
No problem =)
Just be sure to do a spot test first to make sure there aren't any bad reactions! I forgot to do one on my guy when I got mine but thankfully it turned out okay..hah
     
    02-05-2010, 07:04 PM
  #19
Trained
I can't tell you how much easier riding is now that she doesn't have a mane. She never liked getting her mane and forelock in her ears, so until I got her fly bonnet, I always had to braid her forelock and the first three inches of mane right behind her ears when I rode. And I don't have to untangle the mane hair by her withers from her breast collar anymore, and I always hated when it got tangled because the ends of her mane would get wet from her sweaty neck! Anywho, more pictures!!

I got a picture of her with her forelock tucked up in a little ball so you can see how she looks "without it." I always ride with it braided up, usually with her fly bonnet on, so I'm not sure shaving it off would make much of a difference, but I'm still not sure. Will the picture help?


In her fly bonnet, sporting the roach. =]


And the view when I'm riding, lol.
     
    02-05-2010, 07:56 PM
  #20
Green Broke
She looks so cute in a roach. I was seriously contemplating one for Tom, but I can't even begin to think of getting rid of his lovely mane! Well pooey. Lol

Can't wait till it grows out a bit and she gets a cute mohawk!

Oh and it looks even more lovely when she is tacked up.
     

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