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  • Hogged mane with forelock
  • Roaching mane

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    05-07-2012, 03:11 PM
  #11
Showing
It takes a bit of practice to get it looking right without spending a lot of time on it. My Dad can just make one pass and they turn out perfectly, regardless of how long the mane is. Mine, on the other hand, usually end up a bit uneven and it takes me forever LOL.

These are the types of shears I'm talking about.
     
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    05-07-2012, 03:15 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo .... he's so freaking cute!~ I love his mane and forlock!!

\end rant .. *pout*
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    05-07-2012, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
It takes a bit of practice to get it looking right without spending a lot of time on it. My Dad can just make one pass and they turn out perfectly, regardless of how long the mane is. Mine, on the other hand, usually end up a bit uneven and it takes me forever LOL.

These are the types of shears I'm talking about.
Woah I was thinking of a razor that is used on sheep... Not scissor things I might have to get one of those... How are they different than scissors?

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Originally Posted by texasgal    
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo .... he's so freaking cute!~ I love his mane and forlock!!

End rant .. *pout*
Ill leave the forelock... but... bye bye mane :3 I think today will be the day... that I learn to jump without a mane, learn to get on bareback without a mane, learn to turn bareback without a mane, learn to mount without a mane... and learn to roach, a mane... heh...
     
    05-07-2012, 03:42 PM
  #14
Trained
NEVER! I had to roach a mare of mine a couple times because she rubbed it off grazing through the fence, HATED IT! Two of mine have scraggly/curly manes and they'll stay that way. They always look stupid for a while if you change your mind or let it grow out. DON'T DO IT!! NOOOO! HE'S TOO PRETTY!
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    05-07-2012, 04:09 PM
  #15
Showing
My OTTB looked great with a roached/hogged mane. I stopped at the small bone and left his forelock. I also clip one path between the base of the ear and the side of the forelock on both sides and it really makes the eyes and ears more expressive.
     
    05-07-2012, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyGap    
NEVER! I had to roach a mare of mine a couple times because she rubbed it off grazing through the fence, HATED IT! Two of mine have scraggly/curly manes and they'll stay that way. They always look stupid for a while if you change your mind or let it grow out. DON'T DO IT!! NOOOO! HE'S TOO PRETTY!
Hey! You guys are making me feel guilty!!! Lol! Why did you hate it?

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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
My OTTB looked great with a roached/hogged mane. I stopped at the small bone and left his forelock. I also clip one path between the base of the ear and the side of the forelock on both sides and it really makes the eyes and ears more expressive.
Sorry, I don't get how you did the forelock...?
     
    05-07-2012, 06:26 PM
  #17
Trained
LOL! My mare's mane grew super fast so I had to keep up with it or else it looked like a mohawk or a floppy one at best, with the bald area she rubbed off. Total mess. She was a Quarab and the only one in the pasture that could fit her small head through the rails.
I just like them long but he will look lovely no matter what!
Leave some on his withers to help you mount, I always did and she didn't look silly.
     
    05-07-2012, 07:32 PM
  #18
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Originally Posted by Gallop On    
Hey! You guys are making me feel guilty!!! Lol! Why did you hate it?
I've been following this thread all day from my phone, I am finally on a computer now!

Every year for like the past three, I've been wanting to roach my mares' mane too. My new clippers should arrive tomorrow, and I am finally ready to take the plunge! My mom is too funny, always saying that "I have no opinion," but as soon as I bought the clippers she got kinda mad at me! Lol She makes me feel guilty too!

My thought is that it will help keep her cool in summer, I won't have to worry about brushing her mane all of the time, and I LIKE the look! It's just hair, right? It's not like your doing something crazy to your own hair, so I say DO IT!

Edit: my mare also has very thick mane, it's not scraggly, I just don't like the upkeep
     
    05-07-2012, 08:11 PM
  #19
Green Broke
I used to keep Cinny's mane roached and then when I started showing I let it grow out for braids. ALWAYS keep the forelock...this keeps flys out of the eyes, you don't cut or shave it. Plus, your horse will look like a tard and your barn friends will laugh at you, trust me on this.

I usually just use my Oster A-5 2 speed clippers (on high), which I know a lot of dog groomers use. I also make sure to stop every couple of inches and spray on Kook lube to keep them cool. I then hog it because it's easier. After about 2 weeks it is grown out to roached anyway on him and he usually has that "arched look" on his own as well. After it's the length I want, I just do a quickie trim every couple of weeks. He looked really cute and I've been thinking of doing it again this year after our last show.

Here he is the last time it was roached.
roach.jpg
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    05-07-2012, 08:41 PM
  #20
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So... I DID IT!!!




And... now I don't know whether to cry, or scream, or jump for joy... I LOVE how it looks, but now... Im thinking of all the times I hold on to the mane, ESPECIALLY jumping... Im dead scared to try it now that his mane is... hogged. I TRIED to roach it... but... LOL!

I got pictures of the whole process though... :)
     

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