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post #1 of 8 Old 10-10-2013, 05:46 AM Thread Starter
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Mane Pulling Problems

Hi guys,

My mare is really jumpy when you pull her mane!

Im super gentle and dont even tug, I just apply pressure and it falls out, but still, she FREAKS !

Shes not sensitive to you touching it or pulling on it unless you have a mane comb in your hand and shes not scared of the mane comb - you can move it anywhere on her body with no problems.

I recently cut her tail which she was not impressed with (she very expressive with her tail) - do you think she knows im shortening her mane too !??
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-10-2013, 07:08 AM
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This might sound stupid, but I took care of a very sensitive thoroughbred, and when his owner wanted his mane pulled, we rubbed toothache medicine into the roots where we were pulling, and it numbed it. The kind we used was Ambesol or Ambisol, and it was a sort of paste or jell in a tube, and you are supposed to rub it on your gums to relieve pain.

We used it again with great sucess when my little yearling Arabian discovered a porcupine in his paddock...
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post #3 of 8 Old 10-10-2013, 08:38 AM
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Make sure you are pulling up on the hairs, not down or out. What horses usually don't like is their neck being pulled crooked every 5 seconds.
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My horse does the same to the extent that he does not like any tugging on his mane at all, what is the jelly you are suggesting? (:
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post #5 of 8 Old 10-10-2013, 09:08 PM
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If her mane is truly that easy to shorten don't use the mane comb at all...take a few strands of hair at a time, "tease them" and remove the longer pieces left behind.
It will take you longer than if you used a comb, but if she is less objectionable doing it by hand alone, why not...many take to many hairs at once with the pulling comb and yank...that hurts!

Other thought is if her mane is thin enough to start with don't pull it but razor it shorter... always work from the underside out when using the blade. Quick short work, but be very careful with that blade, there is no going back if you make a mistake...takes some time for a mane to recover from to zealous a pull against that blade.
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-11-2013, 03:55 PM
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Maybe you could get one of those man pulling combs with a built in blade so it basically cuts the excess
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-12-2013, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by CraziHorsies View Post
My horse does the same to the extent that he does not like any tugging on his mane at all, what is the jelly you are suggesting? (:
It is called Anbesol, or another one is Orajel, and it is a gel you rub on your gums to relieve toothaches. It just numbs the area.
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Are you actually pulling on the hair? If so, don't. You should basically just be putting enough pressure on it until it releases itself.
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