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post #11 of 20 Old 12-29-2011, 08:23 AM
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i do have to agree with the others who say that you should leave her mane. I keep two of my guys manes natural and i like the looks and they are so much more comfortable in the summer and winter. I do have to pull my other mares mane and do her whiskers and clip her dock etc... because i event her and i don't really have any other options. Depending on what kind of English showing you are doing you should be fine with your mar having a long mane. Some people my mom for one example can't stand anything but the natural look so im not even aloud to give my ottb a bridle path, but with any mane i would suggest a bridle path and keep it maintained! Good luck and have fun with your new girl!
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post #12 of 20 Old 01-01-2012, 02:28 PM
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I agree with most of the other posters...just leave it. You could trim it up and then braid it! I always hated pulling manes.
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post #13 of 20 Old 01-02-2012, 01:31 PM
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I'm going to be the odd one out and say that I think she'd look cute with it pulled. Especially if you're going to do english and want to do braids, it just makes you and your horse look 'put together'.
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post #14 of 20 Old 01-04-2012, 08:01 PM
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If you're serious about English riding, mainly shows, it needs to be pulled. She's cute, but would be more presentable and professional looking pulled.
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post #15 of 20 Old 01-05-2012, 03:39 PM
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I would agree. I would trim it then do button braids. She is a doll, so she will look adorable no matter what you choose!
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post #16 of 20 Old 01-08-2012, 08:27 PM
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I would, but I like a short mane - less upkeep. I spend enough time on the tail!

Try getting a razor thinning blade. It can take some practice to get a real "pulled" look, but I use the blade to shorten the mane to slightly, SLIGHTLY longer than I want, if the mane is thick, then I take the blade underneath and razor through the underside a couple of times. Omit this and just razor it where you want it if the mane is thinner. Brush it out when you're done, even up any spots with the razor, and trim any loose hairs with scissors.

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post #17 of 20 Old 01-08-2012, 09:47 PM
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I was told by season trainers,If you are want a nice mane for banding or braiding don't be pulling/thinning. You start pulling out the mane well those hairs you pull grow back & later in season you end up with all these short little hairs poking out your nicely banded or braided mane. Over the season with the grooming & banding it will naturally thin some on its own.Start with a nicely washed mane,if your horse is blessed with a thick mane well you just have more work cut out for you,having to make more bands or braids After banding or if you just want to shorten & clean up the natural mane edges to make them neat/even a final trim is in order.Once your horse's mane is banded, curls and cowlicks will lie flat, making the mane appear longer And some sections may be longer than others.To finish mane "edges" off to more desired length & natural look, not the chopped off cut, many people will use thinning shears.You can get a similar result too by using a pair of straight scissors positioned up into the mane about one-quarter to a half-inch deep; then snip up and down the length of the mane.
If you are planning to go short & are starting with a really long mane,go ahead & shorten it "part" way with just a blunt cut,you'll be cleaning it to be more natural looking later but have it a more reasonable length to work with to start banding/braiding
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post #18 of 20 Old 01-09-2012, 12:56 AM
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What a wonderful looking mane! It's long, and would probably be perfect for braiding! I wouldn't pull it at all. It just doesn't look necessary. Try conditioning it, and the frizz will go away, and just keep it in good shape and braiding will be a breeze :). Please though, it would look much better un-pulled.
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post #19 of 20 Old 01-09-2012, 09:29 AM
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You will find the mane grows thicker in about the middle third of the neck. If you thin this a bit from the underside she will still have the protection yet will be easier to comb out.
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post #20 of 20 Old 01-12-2012, 05:49 PM
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Aw beautiful mare, and I love her mane! Must be fun to brush and braid!

For pulling, it's really up to you, it all depends on your preference. However, last year when my horse rubbed some of his mane, I just cut it all to a short length with small scissors, and looked just fine. :)

Pulling looks more natural tho, you'll need a pulling comb for it, and if you are unsure how to start/do it just talk to an experienced friend, trainer, etc.

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