Pre-Plaiting thin mane shortening?

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    02-12-2014, 01:01 AM
Pre-Plaiting thin mane shortening?

I have a show this Saturday, and will be washing tomorrow and my groom (good friend, lucky me!!) is plaiting for me on Friday as I will not have time due to travelling several hours away to see a Gastroenterologist.. Anyway...

Mitchs mane is naturally very thin, I have pulled it in the past and it is pulled now, but it is very thin and I can't pull it any shorter otherwise I get tiny eensy weensy pathetic looking plaits, on his rather large neck, they look ridiculous!

However, I refuse to cut his mane straight across with scissors, it looks plain stupid IMO, I may be a little obsessive with these things....
I was thinking maybe cut it with a shearing comb, then it would look more natural without pulling it, but what do you guys think? I don't have a photo at the moment, but his mane would be about 20cm long, and when I tried to plait it for the show last thursday, the plaits ended up like a third of the thickness of a pencil, it looked hideous, so I just undid the plaits and forfeited any chances of winning turnout.

I can probably get photos of his mane tomorrow, his tail is equally thin, but I have found that coconut oil helps make it look thicker, but I can't use that in his mane, that makes it slippery!
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    02-12-2014, 12:21 PM
What type of braid/plaits will you be doing?

My horse has a thin mane, and when I pull his I use something that looks like a pulling comb, but has a sharpened part inside it, so it more cuts the mane instead of pulling it, but it still looks natural.

I didn't do a very good job of describing it x.x
    02-12-2014, 05:40 PM
Umm, normal braids? Haha I don't know, button braids I think they're called? They will be sewn in too, since he is a master houdini with all things "pretty".. He even managed to blind himself with his Lycra hood.... Twice.

Do you mean a comb like this?

I also need to shape his tail, that will be fun since I'm doing it with a razor because scissors scare me! So time consuming!
    02-14-2014, 10:27 AM
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No need to buy a fancy comb with a thin mane, just shorten the ends with a serrated kitchen knife.
Just use it from the underside of the mane, I have done several very thin manes like this. Works well and if done carefully never looks cut.
    02-14-2014, 11:42 AM
^I had never thought of this! That would work just as well. Really cool idea, Foxhunter.

OP, that would work too. The one that I used was only one sided, but I can't imagine it would make that much of a difference.
You could definitely use other things--that's just what I have always used with my gelding who has a stupidly thin mane x.x

What discipline are you showing? Button braids aren't as popular in the hunter ring.
    02-15-2014, 03:24 AM
Ooh I like that idea Foxhunter! I'll have to make sure he will stand nice enough for that first, usually he's a rock in the tie ups but I'd hate for him to decide a great time to move is when I'm holding a knife in hand.

Zexious, I'm just doing pleasure showing, not sure what it's called over there but button braids are the most common over here :) Well they all look like button braids anyway haha

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