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post #1 of 12 Old 04-17-2010, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Roach, Trim, Pull, or Leave Alone?

Itís been roughly one year and eight months since I roached my maresí mane... I loved it short and spiky/stand-uppy, and I love it long and straight... but Iím wanting to do something with it again and Iím unsure if I want to cut it all off again or not, or really what I wanna do. She looked so cool with it roached, and itís grown back so long and thick...

I kinda donít wanna cut it, but Iím beginning to have problems telling my mare and my gelding apart in the pasture (along with the rest of my family, lol). Itís pretty sad when I canít even tell my horses apart... and I see them daily.
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So, I need some advice... Should I roach my mareís mane again? Or just trim it, or pull it (I hate pulling manes...)... or just leave it alone? Iíve pulled her mane in the past and she looked just as good with it pulled as she did with it roached or left long. Also, her tail has finally grown to a decent length, but it Ďbroomsí out in the middle and looks kinda... funky. Should I do anything to her tail? Trim it up a little or just leave it be?
Ignore the fact that her coat is two-tone and the fact that she has bald spots on her. The bald spots are from where she rubbed her hair off when she had lice and was all itchy and the two-tone-ness is where her summer coat is growing back in from the bald spots... lol.

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Also, my gelding... his tail literally touches the ground and itís so thick... like, the perfect thickness. His mane is long and thick, too... Should I do anything to his mane and tail, yíthink? Iíve never cut his mane or tail (besides the bridle path and the occasional trimming off about half a centimeter), so the length and thickness is completely natural. I donít really want to cut his mane or tail short, or anything... but I am curious as to what would look good on him... a pulled mane? Banged tail, mayhaps? What do you think?

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post #2 of 12 Old 04-17-2010, 11:27 PM
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Shorten the mare's up and leave your gelding's long? I personally keep all my horses' manes at about 2-3 inches long as that's my preference but I could totally see your girl rocking a roached mane.
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Both of your horses hair looks so silky soft haha
I always cut my horses' mane short, but I just think that it looks better because he has SO MUCH HAIR. I just think it looks more put together when their hair is shorter but that's just me :).
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Shorten the mare's up and leave your gelding's long? I personally keep all my horses' manes at about 2-3 inches long as that's my preference but I could totally see your girl rocking a roached mane.
That's what I'm kinda wanting to do... I just... am hesitant because my mare's mane has grown back so pretty. Usually her mane gets a certain length and gets all scraggly, but this time it's grown back just gorgeous... lol...

I don't show or anything, just trail ride, so I don't -have- to cut it short, but she does look totally awesome with a roacked mane... especially after it grows out about an inch or so and stands up straight... it makes her neck look awesome and makes her whole body look thicker... Lol.

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Both of your horses hair looks so silky soft haha
I always cut my horses' mane short, but I just think that it looks better because he has SO MUCH HAIR. I just think it looks more put together when their hair is shorter but that's just me :).
Thanks. They've both already had baths this year (well, Gypsie has already had two, lol...) so their mane and tails are extremely soft right now... and silky. Lol. I only brush their manes and tails out about once every few months now, and that's really helped with the growth.

I do like the shorter manes, but I equally love the long manes, lol... I'm just unsure of what I wanna do this time.



My family (my grandma and my mum) and my farrier (haha) don't want me to roach my mare's mane again, because they think it makes her look like a mule or something, but I loved it... lol. But they said that she's my horse and I can do whatever I want since it's just hair and it will grow back, lol...

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I am a fan of long manes and tails, I would say grow them out as long as possible =)
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I like your mane mane as it is :), trim both their tails and pull your geldings mane.
Im saying trim their tails, at least so they are off the ground.

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If you're not showing, I say suit yourself. I would leave both manes as is. They're beautiful, full and they lay flat. If they were thin or ratty looking, I might shorten them for neatness sake, but honestly, they look fine as is.

Agree with speedy about trimming the tails slightly so they're off the ground. When they actually drag the ground they tend to pick up twigs and debris.
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I am a fan of long manes and tails, I would say grow them out as long as possible =)
Same here.
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usually roached manes look better on a horse with a thicker neck. I would leave as is. Tails look fine to me also. If you can't tell them apart just bend down. :)
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I dunno what I wanna do... I think I'm going to think on it for another week or so and look up some different cuts and stuff and then decide...

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