All of our horses have manes that easily pull and trim to a nice length for banding or braiding except for my stallion. His mane is very, very thick, and the hair itself is very thick. I have tried since he was 2 years old to solve this issue.
I have tried thinning shears, pulling combs, a combo of each, and have gone about it in various different ways. I have tried banding with a slinky the night before, I have even tried shaving the underside of the mane.
I cannot get his mane any shorter than about 6 inches without sticking straight up (especially in the white spots). I cannot band his mane either without the bands sticking up.
My tactic for this year is to grow his mane back out and braid in along his crest for shows. I know this is not what is normally done, but it does not work otherwise. Also, I am showing in open shows right now, and not in halter.
If at some point I am able to show in Paint or Pinto shows...what can I do? How can I solve this?