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    07-18-2011, 10:00 PM
  #21
Weanling
I actually just last week tried this "nicer" way of pulling by putting tension upwards instead of yanking down. My horse completely ignored me when I did it, it was more effective (I have a habit of cutting the hairs when I yank down) and it was easy. I didn't get as close to the neck as she did in the video though. I just teased, wrapped and steadily pulled upwards. The hairs came out pretty easily and she could have cared less. Granted, she only did a little head shaking with the regular method.

I used to be very anti-pulling but my previous trainer pulled my horses mane for me one day and it looked so sharp I just had to keep up with it. I only spend a couple minutes every couple weeks to keep it looking nice. Not as big of a pain (for me or her) as I thought it would be. That said, if you life the "natural" look, more power to ya! But, it's definitely not cruel.
     
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    07-19-2011, 01:36 AM
  #22
Foal
For those people who said they knew a whole barn full of horses that hated having their manes pulled, and that some needed to be tranq'ed - maybe it was the technique used? If you were to pull a 'chunk' of hair out of your own head it would hurt, but you could pull a couple of hairs without much discomfort...

Maybe try pulling only a few hairs at a time, and spread the mane pulling out over several weeks, just doing 5-10mins a day. (This is what I'm doing with my mare - she has thin mane near her ears, and it gradually gets thicker as it goes down her neck, so I'm trying to even it out!)
     
    07-21-2011, 07:24 AM
  #23
Weanling
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Originally Posted by OTTBLover    
For those people who said they knew a whole barn full of horses that hated having their manes pulled, and that some needed to be tranq'ed - maybe it was the technique used? If you were to pull a 'chunk' of hair out of your own head it would hurt, but you could pull a couple of hairs without much discomfort...

Maybe try pulling only a few hairs at a time, and spread the mane pulling out over several weeks, just doing 5-10mins a day. (This is what I'm doing with my mare - she has thin mane near her ears, and it gradually gets thicker as it goes down her neck, so I'm trying to even it out!)
For my experience, it was all different people using all different techniques. It was also several barns, and the horses inluded my own horse, who would get very agitated and violently shake her head if even a few hairs were pulled at a time. Most of the horses at these barns (and including my horses) were hot blooded breeds like TBs, arabs, etc, so this may make a difference as they are usually more sensitive. I was able to get a technique down with the scissors for my TB mare, and her mane would come out really good. To me it's just not worth it to pull.
     
    07-21-2011, 10:21 AM
  #24
Foal
Thankyou golden horse I was going to suggest that method if no one did and hey- you beat me to it haha!!! It's a much nicer way and I wasn't and still am not much of a mane puller kinda gal but seeing as I now do dressage and competing it's kinda nessecary lol! My friend introduced me to this method and showed me on her very touchy standy and he was fine with it. You kind of hear a pop pop pop as the hair releases itself from the mane while you apply light tension and no pain!!!!! He us an 8th who likes to think he is 2 so gets easily distracted so he gets bored but that's about it! He is one to bite things too so that's saying something!!!! She usually will do it over a week or two and spend 10/15mins on it every day or so and he doesn't have a care in the world untill he gets bored and starts fidgeting lol!!! I have a mix of everything here from a pulled mane(dressage tb) to natural (husbands pleasure tb) cut and banded -for shows (qh stallion) and two mares that get a thinned natural mane which I just use a mane thinning comb with blades in it and make the ends wispy and wild looking but still straightish as if it's pulled but longer than a pulled mane natural length. They are my pleasure/trick/broodies. Works great all round for me :)
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