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    04-25-2011, 05:31 PM
  #1
Foal
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!
     
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    04-25-2011, 05:41 PM
  #2
Weanling
The only con I can think of is that he wouldn't be able to use his mane to swish flys away.
     
    04-25-2011, 06:36 PM
  #3
Green Broke
And if you decide to grow it out it looks bad while it is growing. If you are concerned about the heat braid it
     
    04-25-2011, 06:49 PM
  #4
Foal
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. :)
     
    04-25-2011, 07:10 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Magaidh    
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!
     
    04-25-2011, 07:19 PM
  #6
Started
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.
     
    04-25-2011, 07:30 PM
  #7
Showing
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.
     
    04-25-2011, 07:31 PM
  #8
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Northern    
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.
     
    04-25-2011, 07:45 PM
  #9
Green Broke
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!





     
    04-25-2011, 08:10 PM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
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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.
     

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