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post #1 of 17 Old 03-19-2013, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Let it grow or keep it roached?

I hogged my minis mane last summer due to the heat and have since kept it roached. I'm cintemplating keeping it roached or letting it grow out. It SUPER thick(3 inches wide at the base) and full. It gets hot in the summer and he sweats under it when long. What do you guys think?

Roached now(needs trimmed)

Roached last summer

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post #2 of 17 Old 03-19-2013, 06:00 PM
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I think it either one looks fine, but only when its well trimmed when he's roached. Right now he looks like a strange trojan horse, but in that second picture I think it looks super cute on him. Roached mane has to be maintained and trimmed at least once every 4-6 weeks to look tidy.

If you do grow it out, you might trim it all closer to the same length though, and band/braid it while its growing out. You can also braid it in the summer to keep him cool. Thats what I do with my mini mare, who has super thick mane as well that reaches almost to her shoulder (was past her shoulder, but she got hot and rubbed it out when I forgot to braid her >.>) and she stays cool. I do a fast and easy running braid, and re-do it every 2-3 days.

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post #3 of 17 Old 03-19-2013, 08:46 PM
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I like it roached....super cute in the 2nd picture.

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I'm a fan of long manes and tails. I say let it grow.
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Awww!! He looks so cute with a roached mane.. Not every equine can pull it off-- he does.
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post #6 of 17 Old 03-19-2013, 09:39 PM
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If he's really sweating, then it's better for him to have his mane roached. It'd be like wearing a sweater when it's 90 degrees. It doesn't make sense.
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post #7 of 17 Old 03-20-2013, 04:38 PM
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I have this vision in my head that minis and small ponies have long, frizzy manes and forelocks. It ups the cuteness factor significantly.

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post #8 of 17 Old 03-20-2013, 06:15 PM
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I would leave it long!!! If he sweats alot maybe you can braid it up summer time.
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post #9 of 17 Old 03-20-2013, 06:37 PM
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I don't know if you get horse flies or deer flies where you are, but I like it long expecially driving. It helps keep the flies off, he can shake his head and get flies off both sides of his neck.
You can braid it and it will still work for flies.
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post #10 of 17 Old 03-22-2013, 11:59 PM
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Grow it out, but pull it so its thin.
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