Pros and cons of roaching? - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 30 Old 04-25-2011, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Crouse, NC
Posts: 31
• Horses: 1
Pros and cons of roaching?

It gets pretty hot where I live and I've already noticed October sweating under his mane. He has a pretty thick mane. I've been thinking about roaching it to keep him a bit cooler.

He isn't a show horse, just a trail horse and a companion pet. Obviously a pro would be keeping him cool and little to no maintenance of his mane. Can anyone give me any other pros cons? Thanks!
KatyLeah is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 30 Old 04-25-2011, 06:41 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Posts: 698
• Horses: 1
The only con I can think of is that he wouldn't be able to use his mane to swish flys away.

Help me horse forum! You're my only hope!
Sophie19 is offline  
post #3 of 30 Old 04-25-2011, 07:36 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Iowa
Posts: 6,051
• Horses: 0
and if you decide to grow it out it looks bad while it is growing. If you are concerned about the heat braid it
churumbeque is offline  
post #4 of 30 Old 04-25-2011, 07:49 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 240
• Horses: 0
Manes are huge assets when it comes to bugs. If you've got a lot in your area then doing a few big braids when you ride might do the trick for you. I've got Canadians with thick, heavy manes to their knees and we either do five or six long braids, or a running braid (along the top of the neck as short as possible) to give them some relief from the heat while riding. The long braids work in the pasture too.

Some people really like the roached look and there's nothing really wrong with it if you feel like trying! Get some good bug spray in that case. :)
Magaidh is offline  
post #5 of 30 Old 04-25-2011, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Crouse, NC
Posts: 31
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Magaidh View Post
Manes are huge assets when it comes to bugs. If you've got a lot in your area then doing a few big braids when you ride might do the trick for you. I've got Canadians with thick, heavy manes to their knees and we either do five or six long braids, or a running braid (along the top of the neck as short as possible) to give them some relief from the heat while riding. The long braids work in the pasture too.

Some people really like the roached look and there's nothing really wrong with it if you feel like trying! Get some good bug spray in that case. :)
I DO like the way it looks which is kinda why I wanted to try it too. I don't mind using bug spray on him, but I don't want him to be uncomfortable because of bugs. I would say we have a moderate amount of bugs. Not huge numbers, but we def have some. Thanks for the input!
KatyLeah is offline  
post #6 of 30 Old 04-25-2011, 08:19 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,975
• Horses: 0
I don"t like the idea for reasons others have posted: manes protect the neck, can be used to shake off insects, etc. Also, I'm not sure that sun beating directly on the neck is desirable over it being sheltered by a mane.
Northern is offline  
post #7 of 30 Old 04-25-2011, 08:30 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 17,193
• Horses: 0
Ranch horses at one time often had roached manes so the reins wouldn't tangle in it. The forelock was left. If you wait until fall to let it grow out it should lay down by spring. Here in ON the black flies love to hide under the mane to dine. Some horses really suit a roached mane-gives the neck a nice clean look.
Saddlebag is offline  
post #8 of 30 Old 04-25-2011, 08:31 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: NC
Posts: 97
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Northern View Post
I don"t like the idea for reasons others have posted: manes protect the neck, can be used to shake off insects, etc. Also, I'm not sure that sun beating directly on the neck is desirable over it being sheltered by a mane.
It's not like the mane shelters both sides of a neck normally anyways.. And people pull manes all the time super short and in that case the mane offers no protection against either bugs or sun anyhow.
I roached my minis mane last year. I couldn't take it being so thick in 110F+ heat, poor thing was dripping just standing in the shade! I'm thinking about roaching it again shortly. It's soooo thick and it's grown out past her shoulder after one only year.
jyuukai is offline  
post #9 of 30 Old 04-25-2011, 08:45 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Posts: 4,510
• Horses: 2
I can understand the con from the view of insects, but what about horses with show pulled manes? They're left with only a couple of inches, and that certainly doesn't deter the bugs very much, you STILL have to fly wipe the neck so they don't get eaten alive where the mane isn't touching.

The only way the mane is much of a fly deterrent is if it's left long and natural, which most people don't do anyway.

And no, having no mane makes a horse a LOT cooler, they're not dogs, they don't pant instead of sweat. Shay-las mom has a Miniature with a huge shaggy mane that she NEVER takes care of and he is saturated in sweat underneath his mane on hot summer days, to the point where it's actually caused fungal growth and hair on his neck to fall out.

Honestly, the only con I can really think of is appearance - fresh roached manes look awesome, but if you ever want to grow it back you have to endure that spiky mohawk awkward phase!






Quote:
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.

MacabreMikolaj is offline  
post #10 of 30 Old 04-25-2011, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Crouse, NC
Posts: 31
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj View Post
.

Honestly, the only con I can really think of is appearance - fresh roached manes look awesome, but if you ever want to grow it back you have to endure that spiky mohawk awkward phase!


If I roach it, I will probably keep it trimmed so it stays that short. And as I said above, he isn't shown, so if I do grow it out and he looks silly, it's just me and his stables mates that will be seeing him I just feel like he will be more comfortable with it short.
KatyLeah is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Holsteiner Pros and COns>> Ak1 Horse Breeds 5 01-13-2011 08:18 AM
pros and cons boxer Draft Horses 9 07-06-2010 12:19 AM
Pros and Cons of leasing appylover31803 Horses for Sale 15 01-07-2009 05:59 PM
pros & cons for rye grass destnee Horse Health 2 10-19-2008 05:13 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome