Today I pulled Cin's mane for the show. I did it they way I always did my hunters back in the (cough cough) 90's. However something very different happened.
From what I remembered from before was that we actually pulled the hair and it usually came out by the root so that we eneded up with a slightly thinner and more manageable mane. But this is not the result I got today. Instead Cin's mane BROKE OFF so it is just a thick even though I really wanted it thinner as it is extremely thick and has the texture of troll doll hair. I know it is breaking off because his mane was about 9 inches long and the hairs on the ground were only about 3-4 inches so I know they aren't coming out by the root if I am pulling the longest hairs.
Maybe I am doing something wrong?
This is the EXACT comb I use, bought from SmartPak Aluminum Pulling Comb - Grooming Tools from SmartPak Equine
This is how I was taught, and the method I have always used. I use a METAL mane pulling comb. Yes a comb specifically for this purpose. I take a small bunch of mane hair and back brush it just slightly higher than the desired length. Then I wrap the remaining hairs once or twice around the comb and quickly pull downward.
What is it that I am doing wrong? Maybe it's the comb? It seems to shred and/or break off the hairs where I wrap them around. Or maybe Cin's mane just breaks easily instead of pulling out? I just don't want it to happen this way again, I want a proper pull. Or is it supposed to break off instead of pull out by the root?