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post #1 of 14 Old 05-20-2010, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Pulling the Mane?

So Tango's mane grew out during the winter. I liked it-she looked like an Indian pony, but I soon realized that it's going to be WAY too hot for her in the summer. So I chopped it with scissors. It doesn't look bad-I spent like an hour perfecting it, but it's really thick, and now I'm thinking it would be better pulled, as it was last summer when she came here.

I have -tried- to research how to pull the mane, but I don't get it. I know I've probably missed something and would do it wrong if I tried, or else hurt her or something.

Can someone try to explain it to me? It looks-and feels-a lot more attractive than chopping, so I'd like to know how.
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Thanks :)

So you just wrap the strands of hair around the teeth and rip it out? It looks painful, but the hair comes out rather easily..
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Little bits of hair, and pull straight down.

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This is the comb that I use. It's great because you have more to hold onto when you pull down. You can also use it to help make sure your lines are straight (because it's longer)

Also, I only wrap a few hairs around it, & only wrap them around once. Then I can put my finger on the hairs & pull down & they come out quick & easy. I see lot's of people trying to pull a fistfull of hair & no matter what they tell me about their horse not minding, it just LOOKS painfull.

Once it's pulled, it takes about 5 mins a week maintenance to keep it up.

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Do I need that type of brush? A metal one, I mean? We've got a plastic mane comb, but I don't know if it would be sturdy enough.
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Yes, a metal pulling comb is essential. The good news is that they are cheap. =)

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Alright. I'll get one next time we're in town then.
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Do I need that type of brush? A metal one, I mean? We've got a plastic mane comb, but I don't know if it would be sturdy enough.
affored is right. They're cheap. ($2 for no handle, $2.50 with the handle.) they're also super skinny so it's easy to wrap the hair around it.

Another reason I like the one with the handle is that your hands don't get sore while you're pulling. If my horse's mane is a mess, I can pull for 1.5 hrs, get it done, & not be sore. W/the smaller ones, I lasted about 15 mins before I was rubbing my hands!
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if you don't want to get the comb you can just pull it out with your fingers...thats what I do bc I hate the combs.

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