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post #1 of 15 Old 04-23-2010, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Pulling the mane... How far? How often?

May be it was asked before, but I haven't seen... So if I start pulling the mane how much can I pull in one time? I mean inch shorter, 2 inches shorter?
And when I can pull again? Like month later?

My qh mane is pretty long (i'd say 10 inches or so). Unfortunately it's pretty thin PLUS she manages to lose part of it right in middle of the neck (still not sure if she rubs it off or my other horse chews it, but every Sept - Oct it's gone in one night ). My mom is very concerned that if I pull it there will be nothing left (because it's too thin in first place). So any experience with poor mane? Any suggestions? And no, MTG didn't help to grow it any sicker or longer.
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-23-2010, 10:48 PM
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You can pull it all in one go, and then do it about every two weeks to maintain it. If done properly, you won't pull the whole mane out. I recomend doing it after a hard, sweaty workout, because the poors are open and the hairs almost fall out! Also, after I pull, I wash and condition the mane just to make it look nicer.

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post #3 of 15 Old 04-24-2010, 08:16 AM
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If she has a thin mane, I would just cut it (maybe with a thinning comb or something that would give it the rugged edge) to the desired length and see how it looks. You can always pull it a little if it is too thick.
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my boys is so thick and long it parts down the middle and covers both sides of his neck -
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post #5 of 15 Old 04-24-2010, 12:41 PM
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I wouldn't cut it, unless you have very stedy hands and can cut it all evenly. I tried to cut Blue's man, and ended up roaching it

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post #6 of 15 Old 04-24-2010, 12:46 PM
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if you cut it, leave it a little long so you have some to pull to even it out. what i do is flip th mane over to the other side & cut it & then flip it back & pull it. it doesnt look as hacked at if you cut it that way. you can also use clippers instead of scissors. i just pull as often as i need to to keep the length i want

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Thank you, All! I'll try to cut it next weekend and see what will happen. I'll post some pics when I'll be done. :)
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Oh god please don't cut it :O
Invest in a thinning blade. You can just take the ends of it off to shorten the mane without taking away the thickness of it (yes, even though it's called a thinning blade. Depends how you use it ;)). That way it'll stay natural looking. If you cut it you'll end up with a hacked off looking mane and it's **** hard to make it even.

If you pull it, that won't necessarily thin it either, just take some length off.

I certainly wouldn't be pulling it in one go. Horses will get sensitive after a while of having their hair pulled out, even though 'legend' has it that their crest doesn't feel pain when you pull mane out. I like to pull a mane over the course of a week after working the horse so that the pores are open making it easier to pull. I'll start at the wither and take a chunk out of each section as I work up, then do the same the next day etc. So that I'm working evenly up the mane. I generally pull to around 10 cm, then every few weeks during comp season while I'm competing will pull the mane lightly to keep the length maintained.

but you know what, unless there's a definite reason why you need to pull her mane, like you have to plait for competition, I really wouldn't bother.
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I wouldn't cut it, unless you have very stedy hands and can cut it all evenly. I tried to cut Blue's man, and ended up roaching it
.. Have you seen Chinga's mane?

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Oh god please don't cut it :O
Invest in a thinning blade. You can just take the ends of it off to shorten the mane without taking away the thickness of it (yes, even though it's called a thinning blade. Depends how you use it ;)). That way it'll stay natural looking. If you cut it you'll end up with a hacked off looking mane and it's **** hard to make it even.

If you pull it, that won't necessarily thin it either, just take some length off.
Kayty, her mane is so poor that I'm afraid nothing will be left if I pull. And I see what you say about thinning blade. I was planning to use it or the shears (?), not the ordinary scissors. As far as I know in principle one can use scissors too, but you have to cut from down up so it'd look natural. Don't worry, I'm not gonna just cut it off. lol!

As for pulling/cutting at all, it looks rather ugly now (and yes, I plan to show her later on). It's not-so-thin for about 10 - 12 cm or so, and then it's VERY thin. So I want to get rid of that very thin part of mane.
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