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post #1 of 6 Old 04-15-2009, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Mane pulling/thinning--- help!!

Ok, so when i got my pony her mane was super knotted and in one spot it was all torn out. Now it is all grown out and shiny and SUPER thick. Thick as in, it is starting to fall onto the wrong side of her neck. I really do not want to use a pulling comb to thin all of that out. It would take a whole day and I do not have that much time anymore. =(

Does anyone have any tips on a fast and easy way to thin a super thick mane? I show in hunter/jumper classes so the mane needs to be decently thin.

Thanks for any help!!
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-16-2009, 08:41 AM
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We thin ours with clippers. Only bad thing is its horrible when it grows out :)

We do the bridle path then we do a V under the main starting about half the width of the mane and go under. This makes the mane lay nice and flat. Most call it undercutting.

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post #3 of 6 Old 04-17-2009, 01:37 PM
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You could try one of those humane pulling combs. They're combs with a blade in them, you just section off the hair and the blade cuts it off. It takes a lot less time and horses don't mind them.

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post #4 of 6 Old 04-18-2009, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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alright, thanks!

I will try to do that. I guess it's a good thing I ride jumpers and not so much hunters so the mane doesn't matter too much. haha I just like it to look nice for myself.
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-18-2009, 09:09 AM
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The hest way to get it thinner is to pull it, I know it can take a long time. The braiders seem to like it best when pulled too. If you blade it that will make it seem thicker. You can braid it (leave it in for a week or so)to help it stay on the correct side of the neck, but you said that you do the jumpers so it really isn't a big deal where it lays. Good luck!
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-18-2009, 09:28 AM
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The best way is too pull it... but you can also buy something called a "Solo Comb". Its like a high end cheater comb lol. Its a bit pricy, but so completely worth it.

Also, for my old shetland/welsh/rocky mountain pony, we used to take little Playskool scissors and run the blade through his mane. Its kinda hard to explain... but that works too. :)
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