Originally Posted by Amy Wathke
OK! SO! Hopefully im not too late but I have some ideas for you!
Take a fine tipped comb and flip her mane over brushing it all to the other side, you hardly want to shorten it but because the way it was cut it looks very uneven, flipping it and cutting it on the opposite side will help to make it look less rough and less obvious it has just been chopped off. (Its very helpful to do this while the mane is still wet). After your done and it looks good on the opposite side flip it back over. Next take a "metal pulling comb" begin pulling her mane by taking about the size of three finger of mane start to back comb the mane and this will take away the thickness. When you do band it it will also settle down a bit so don't worry. Also something to keep in mind, I have watched a lot of "western type" shows where the mane's are very, very short, so if you do make an accident there is always next time and you can go from there fixing your mistakes. There are also certain tools that you can use that are easier to on your hands for pulling manes. An idea that I would not recommend but if its strongly needed is to take a reallyy thin pair of clippers, part her mane in half and take the clippers down removing the hair. (be VERY careful) As you do not want to end up with a bald spot on your horses mane.
That's my same technique. I leave it a little long before a western show, for a reason I'll explain later.
Flip it, and cut it. Pull the bottom long hairs that are sticking out. Wet the mane, and start banding. After it's banded, wet it all again, lightly spread some gel, and put them in a slicker overnight. At the show, remove the slicker, and taking some scissors moving at an angle, cut it bluntly along the bottom. And voila, and nice an neat western banded mane. I think it looks nicer when a banded mane is more blunt on the end.