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post #1 of 9 Old 02-10-2008, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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mane length for showing

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?
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-10-2008, 07:51 PM
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I'm not sure if this will help, but when Vega had her mohawk and I banned it to say down. Her mane did stick up with the bans in it, but I tighten it from the underside, and it made it fall down.
Not sure if that made sense... let me try again

It was kind of like tightening a loose pony tail. You split it in two and pull so its righter, but instead of splitting in two, you just do the underside of it.

Hope that made more sense.
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post #3 of 9 Old 02-10-2008, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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I get what you are saying, but it is the sheer thickness of the mane that is a problem.

Maybe banding really, really small sections would help, but I don't think so.
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post #4 of 9 Old 02-10-2008, 08:59 PM
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sorry I couldn't really help. I would do anything for Vega's mane and tail to be long and thick
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post #5 of 9 Old 02-10-2008, 10:59 PM
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I get what you are saying, but it is the sheer thickness of the mane that is a problem.

Maybe banding really, really small sections would help, but I don't think so.
It would, and it looks better, the smaller the bands.

Make sure when you band, you separate the entire strand halfway between top and bottom. Then take the bottom section and separate that in half. Pull those two fourths apart and it should lay flat nicely. Does that make any sense? 0_o
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post #6 of 9 Old 02-10-2008, 11:16 PM
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when it get shorter does it stick up because it's so thick? If that's the case I say pull pulll pullll!!! We have a little poa that's 'blessed' with a mountain of thick mane that I swear grows like 4 inches wide across her crest! (weird for a poa isn't it?) I pulled it daily for weeks! And pulled in chunks on the underside of it. It finally started to tame down and while it didn't (and won't) look like a 'normal' horse's mane it's definitely managable and looks decent for schooling shows (and was braided at the last A show). Do NOT cut it (even with thinning shears) or it will just stay thick as the hair grows.
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post #7 of 9 Old 02-11-2008, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Tim,
I am not sure I understand what you are saying. :)?? Will banding small like that really keep such a thick mane down? Like I said, I can't get any less than 6 inches without poofy head, and 6 inches really does not look at good...that is still a pretty long mane.

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It is because his mane is very thick. He got so irritated by me constantly pulling in the past, that he would shake his neck every time I was ready to pull, pulling the hair out of my grip.
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post #8 of 9 Old 02-11-2008, 01:13 PM
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Upnover,
It is because his mane is very thick. He got so irritated by me constantly pulling in the past, that he would shake his neck every time I was ready to pull, pulling the hair out of my grip.
Yep, the POA did the same thing. Well, she would shake her head, run forward and back in the cross ties, and then eventually start stamping her feet aiming for my toes. Going slow, pulling tiny bunches at a time, and lots of treats for every pull she didn't go nuts.... daily over a period of WEEKS. I would groom for a while, take a pull or two, groom some more, go ride, groom after, a couple of pulls, etc. It took WEEKS. Another thing I did with another horse was to pull his mane while he was eating. He didn't want to leave his food for long. The key is to not get impatient with huge chunks of mane. Keep it small. And be patient!
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post #9 of 9 Old 02-11-2008, 02:27 PM
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it sounds like you may just have to braid one long braid down his crest. Like a french braid.
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