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post #1 of 7 Old 04-25-2012, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Mane care Protips? Should I roach it again....?

There are a plethora of reasons for this but due to life right now, Lacey's staying home this summer and I'll finally have time to devote to beautifying her mane.

HOWEVER! I know nothing about caring for manes. I have her tail down to a literal science but her mane has always been an "ehhhhh" thing. Usually I just roach it off for the summer because it's nasty and I don't have time for it but if I can make it great this summer that'd be suhweet.

With her tail, I wash and condition the living daylights out of it on a semi-weekly basis, I pretty much don't touch it unless it's washing day, and devices of brushing don't come near it unless detangler is involved.


I'm still at a bit of crossroads with her mane in general though. I like the long mane look on other horses but I really like Lacey's neck and I feel like her neck is prettier without a mane... It's a dilemma.


Anyway, this is how her mane looked 4 years ago, all scraggly, and what I never want to see it looking like again:



Here's what it's looking like now. I think it's salvageable?
(I never realized how few pictures I take of this side of her!!)



Today, a bit longer than the previous picture:






And mane-less, just for comparisons sake (excuse the spots, she was being a "Snow Leopard"):






Tips? Opinions? :)

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OOOOh love her "temporary" spots! But looking at the roached pic (after I stop looking at the spots, sorry distracted), I think she looks better with a short mane, makes her neck look long & graceful. Cut it and/or pull it to even it up with the shortest point. Thin it out some, so it lies flat against her neck, which can be achieved by pulling or using a cutting/pulling blade.
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I think she looks cute with it roached :)
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Excellent point! You put it so elegantly Waresbear! Lol
I never thought about it but maybe that's part of why I dislike how her mane, when she has one, looks. It makes her, already short, neck look even shorter.

I should do that, pull it a bit to see if it can look classy like that and if that's not the case, off it goes!

I like her roached too. I feel like it makes her look super BA.

Thank you for your help! ;) I obviously didn't have a preference...at all. Lol!

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Maybe a mohawk? Now that would make her BA.

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I like it roached too! Or pulled/cut/thinned really short...

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I think its cute short.. not roached :)
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