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post #1 of 11 Old 01-27-2014, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Mane pulling

I have a TB that I bought 6 months ago and the owner said he is good with mane pulling well we found out on Friday that was not true so we ended up cutting the mane for the show. My ? Is what is the best way to get him use to mane pulling? Thanks for any help.
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-27-2014, 07:56 AM
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Do a little at a time, take a smaller amount of hair, and praise a lot when he is good. How bad was he? Did you take a long time to pull it? Sometimes even horses who are fine with mane pulling get tired of it, you are pulling hairs, do a little over a little while not all at once taking large junks of hair.
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As Sully said...take your time.

I would suggest you forget the pulling comb for now and use just your fingers.
A few pieces of hair pulled at a time, not a lump of them and hard tugging.
The very top of their mane near the bridlepath area and the very bottom near the wither I found were the most sensitive areas for the horse to tolerate.
Even the best horses would fuss in these spots.

So, go slowly and do a few hairs at a time over time to desensitize your horse to the sensation.

Some also say that if you don't "yank" but pull downward and hold pressure to the hairs they release without the snap and ouch...IDK...I've never done it this way but might be worth a try.

Good luck.
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That was supposed to be chunk not junk lol. I personally let the hairs release themselves like horselovingguy mentioned, I found horses fussed less and it was easier on me and them.

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He started to rear up on the first pull and about 10 times of that we just started to cutting it...

Thanks for the help Ill start pulling less and hope he gets us to it.
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He started to rear up on the first pull and about 10 times of that we just started to cutting it...

Thanks for the help Ill start pulling less and hope he gets us to it.
This might be something you want to look into clicker training for.. rearing is NOT good

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You could look into using one of those combs which thin the mane as you brush until as a compromise (instead of just cutting). But I second clicker training as a good idea to combat the issue but it may take some time.

Also my horse is worse at the top of her mane by her head and seems to really dislike it, but is fine with the middle of her mane so maybe starting in the middle might help.
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If you're pulling properly, the horse should barely even notice what you're doing. My gut says you're pulling way too much hair at one time and he's telling you it hurts. Also, try pulling after a workout - some horses do better when the muscles are warm.

I use a plastic, wide-toothed human comb with a handle. Take 3-4 hairs in my left hand, hold the comb at the crest with my right (dominant) hand, and put downward pressure on the comb - the hair comes right out at the roots and the horses rarely even bat an eyelash. The leverage of the comb does all the work and your fingers don't get sore (unlike that awkward tiny metal comb method which always cuts your fingers.)

Also, do a few hairs along the entire length of neck every few days for the best results - if you do the whole mane at once, all the new hair will begin growing back in at once. Then you'll be dealing with those annoying, pokey, baby hairs sticking up everywhere when you go to braid or band.
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Thanks for this thread. I do not show but I do have a gelding with an exceptionally thick mane and tail and I will use your tips.
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If you're pulling properly, the horse should barely even notice what you're doing. My gut says you're pulling way too much hair at one time and he's telling you it hurts. Also, try pulling after a workout - some horses do better when the muscles are warm.

I use a plastic, wide-toothed human comb with a handle. Take 3-4 hairs in my left hand, hold the comb at the crest with my right (dominant) hand, and put downward pressure on the comb - the hair comes right out at the roots and the horses rarely even bat an eyelash. The leverage of the comb does all the work and your fingers don't get sore (unlike that awkward tiny metal comb method which always cuts your fingers.)

Also, do a few hairs along the entire length of neck every few days for the best results - if you do the whole mane at once, all the new hair will begin growing back in at once. Then you'll be dealing with those annoying, pokey, baby hairs sticking up everywhere when you go to braid or band.
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