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post #1 of 8 Old 01-16-2012, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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My horse HATES pulling

Everytime I try to pull my horse's mane... he gets really aggitated. I hate to make him upset, so after pulling a few times I normally quit. What should I do? Is there anything that will make this easier?
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-16-2012, 03:50 PM
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I'm not much of an expert, but have you ever tried a solo comb or thinning shears/scissors?

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post #3 of 8 Old 01-16-2012, 03:52 PM
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Do it after working, the pores will be larger and easier to pull the mane.
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-16-2012, 04:27 PM
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both the above suggestions is what I would have said too, but apparently you can buy numbing gel? I've heard of it but never used it, so if you want to actually pull the mane instead of using the sol comb etc, then do what duffy said and look into numbing gel maybe

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post #5 of 8 Old 01-16-2012, 05:04 PM
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Try pulling only three or four hairs at a time. Come the mane to the opposit side and bring back a small section at a time. Usually when the horse objects it's because too many hairs are pulled at one time. I'll repeat half a dozen times then give him a break for a few minutes. It's slow work so it likely won't be done in one session. We found if we thinned a little each time we groomed it never became a big task.
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-16-2012, 07:11 PM
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Embrace a think beautiful mane maybe?

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post #7 of 8 Old 01-16-2012, 07:17 PM
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We found if we thinned a little each time we groomed it never became a big task.

This. While I was leasing, the owner wanted me to pull his mane and I found doing a little every time I was out there made us both happy and it was perfect come summer time. Though I'm not sure why she pulled it..... it was so thin to begin with. Frustrating..

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post #8 of 8 Old 01-20-2012, 09:37 AM
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I don't pull manes....just trim them to the length I want then hold the scissors vertically and snip into the ends. If you absolutely HAVE to pull the mane, work the horse with a neck sweat, THEN pull the mane.
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