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post #11 of 17 Old 03-23-2013, 12:34 AM
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Husband and I both vote long.

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post #12 of 17 Old 03-23-2013, 08:35 AM
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I think it depends on how much time you are willing to maintain a long thick mane vs a roached mean.
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post #13 of 17 Old 03-23-2013, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
I think it depends on how much time you are willing to maintain a long thick mane vs a roached mean.
that is exactly what it comes down to. I have one mare I keep roached (she definitely has the neck for it) and one I work to maintain a long mane & tail on. I refuse to maintain 2 horses with long mane & tails
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post #14 of 17 Old 03-23-2013, 03:03 PM
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Id keep it roached because its easier to clean and won't have him sweating during the summer, I know I would hate to have that much hair in the summer and I wouldn't be able to do anything about it(:!
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post #15 of 17 Old 03-24-2013, 07:23 PM
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Personally, I love a long mane and tail.....BUT, with that being said, if he is more comfortable with it being roached, then I would do it (with him anyway, 'cause yes... he can pull it off)! 2nd picture is really cute!!
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post #16 of 17 Old 03-24-2013, 07:45 PM
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I voted for long. It does offer a good built in fly deterent. If it is excessively heavy/thick, it can be thinned using thinning scissors (doesn't have to be pulled).
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post #17 of 17 Old 03-25-2013, 12:34 AM
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As you can see by my profile picture, I am a fan of a flowing mane I am not sure what the temperature gets up to in Oregon, but by the photo of your horse with a "long" mane, it seems pretty thin and not really very long (meaning not over-kill, or a Carhartt Jacket in the summertime). I have always looked at it like this (and I raise working dogs too that are exposed a lot to the outdoors), nature has a reason for what it gives animals that came from the wild.
Obviously horses in the wild don't have access to barber shops, nor do they seem to be "naturally" trying to shorten their manes. I am by far an expert on horses, but I would imagine if the horse's mane itself causes some sweat, it's a natural cooling process when they are exposed to higher temperatures. Dogs, as most know, do not sweat, and this unfortunately causes them to over-heat very quickly in higher temperatures. Human sweating is the primary means of thermoregulation (as well as waste release), so I would imagine in another animal capable of sweating, it is also a natural process with a purpose.
But again I am no expert, this is nothing more than my 2 cents on the topic
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