I'm on a roll of making threads tonight and so I thought why not ask here for some tips of how to approach my overgrown mare! I'll admit I've never been the best with manes and end up being bad and cutting them when they get out of order. These last few months have been a bit rough and apart from getting the essential care, and love and attention, my poor ponies have been neglected with their appearance (mane/tail/extra hair areas) and looking at photos, I'm feeling like a bad Mummy and wanting to start 2011 off by cleaning up the appearance to my mare.
Honey is very tolerant of being washed but that's about it. She's the typical rough and tough kind of mare (although she has her moments where she's very girly lol) and loves mud, loves being dirty and doesn't care if her mane is messy, so long as it doesn't interfere with her eating/play time, its all good! However I'm the opposite, love being able to plait and pretty my horses up, and usually do so with my gelding who is very much so a pansy and loves everything and anything to do with looking good. With him now being sold on, poor Honey is in for a right treat.
I'm not too worried about her feathers/ears/hair on chin as I can do them well and always have... but I'm wondering how to improve her mane and tail. Honey has been cursed with the thick mane/thin tail syndrome and I get really frustrated with her mane! She isn't very patient about having her mane pulled, but I am going to try that with her, because whenever I cut her mane it looks absolutely ridiculous and fuller.
Anyways enough talking... basically the poor girl looks like this...
Three months ago.
What is the trick to correct manes... do I cut off the excess (want it to be just a little longer than show length short really) then pull it or is there another handy way to approach this?
And re her tail, after trimming around the dock and the length, is there something I can do to help it get fuller? Anything I could add to her feed?
Thanks in advance!