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    09-06-2010, 05:57 PM
Mane Trimmin'

When I got my gelding his mane was uneven and sort of short and, personally, I like manes either very long and full or chopped very short and neat.

I cut it (badly) with clippers just to experiment and learned not to do that in the future, haha.

What I'd really like to do with it now... I don't know the name but many of you on the forums do it with your horses.

Google is failing me for images but basically what I want is for it to be very short (like a grown out bridle path) and flopping on both sides so it has a natural look. Is the only way to really accomplish this to cut it down real short and let it grow out to the right length? I don't really want to do that.

Kinda like this I guess (not my horse, obviously)

Right now his mane looks something like:

Would I need to pull it? Thanks!
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    09-06-2010, 06:16 PM
Generally I think if it's on both sides, it's either by accident or because it is very thick, if I'm not mistaken? I'm not sure it's ever done on purpose...that horse pictured looks like he has just a naturally short, thick mane (or was cut short and grew out) and it's left alone. It also looks to be based on the left side of the neck, with much of it directed forward and he may not have any hair on the right side (when he is standing still without wind), it's hard to tell.
Or do you mean a grown out roach/mohawk look?
My gelding has a modate-thickness mane which was roached, and as it grew out it mostly stuck straight up but would flop side to side as he moved. Eventually when it grew it naturally laid over as it would naturally like to, different sections picking different sides. Is that what you're referring to?

I'm confused whether you mean that the whole mane parts down the middle or if different sections lay over on different sides.
    09-06-2010, 06:20 PM
Originally Posted by rocky pony    
Or do you mean a grown out roach/mohawk look?
Sorry, I really had no idea how to explain. This is exactly what I meant. Where it goes more forwards than to the side. I know its probably impossible to make it "even" on one side but where it goes forwards and flops more than being so "parted" looking.
    09-06-2010, 06:29 PM
Does your horse's hair look to naturally be directed forward? It may not be possible as all manes grow differently, some truly grow straight to each side or even backwards, but in my experience many of them are directed forward a least to some extent.
It is definitely exaggerated when their manes are short. Both of my geldings have pulled manes which tend to go forward, particularly Kainne's, despite my efforts to train it down.
If you want it to do that, you probably would be best off roaching it or at least cutting it very short and possibly purposely wetting/brushing it forward regularly to encourage it to have that effect. You may even be able to achieve the same look by just pulling it on the shorter side and wetting/brushing the same way.

Good luck!
    09-06-2010, 06:59 PM
Thanks So pretty much I should pull it? I have clippers but no mane puller and I always feel so bad pulling manes in case it hurts XD
    09-06-2010, 08:15 PM
In my experience it very rarely actually hurts, unless you pull out huge chunks at a time. Many horses that display annoyance are just be irritated by the feeling of having their neck tugged like that, not really so much that it hurts them. What you could do is just try pulling a very small amount of hair, just a couple of hairs, and watch closely to see if he seems uncomfortable. Very rarely it actually does hurt them and they tend to make it pretty clear, lol
If you are very uncomfortable with pulling it or he seems uncomfortable with it, you can wait to get a hold of a solocomb or similar. In the meantime if it's pretty short as it appears in his pictures, you can just start encouraging it forward by spraying with water or detangler and brushing forward, but it probably won't quite achieve that look without pulling.

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