Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Right now he's going to be a trail horse, with maybe some flat arena work thrown in since he's so new. In fact, he isn't even broke yet. I really wanted to avoid pulling his mane if I could for a while, to be honest. I did it with the eight-year-old arab/saddlebred gelding that I "owned" and it annoyed him, but he didn't hate it. I don't want Aires to hate having his mane worked on.
Since it's "safe" to use scissors on him (just to even things up a bit), I think I'll go that route. I was wary about them because after evening out my old gelding's mane (he was notorious for rubbing the middle of it out, so when my friend asked one of the barn helpers to "even his mane out," for some reason they took that to mean "shave everything from where he rubs back down to the skin" and his mane ended up growing out all weird [long in front then short in back, so it formed kind of a squared off look]), my friend made me pull his mane (took me about three hours...didn't do it all at once) and then braid it into 1/2" braids (and he had A LOT of mane to work with). Everyone called him "Rasta Boy" after that because his mane was in braids for a good two months and he looked like a Jamaican. :P
Anyway! Any suggestions on a good detangler that can be used on a horse's mane/tail when it's dry? He doesn't bathe yet (SO much to work on!).