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        08-16-2009, 11:39 AM
      #11
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
    Both of those look so good I'm tempted to do Shiloh who has a very thin mane. Do you just use scissors?
    The only time I used scissors was when I roached him for the first time, to get rid of the bulk of his mane so I didn't kill the clippers. I clip it to shape it. It takes some practice. I've messed it up and given him a flat top a few times! Mama gave him a real bad haircut. The trick is to work it (the top) gradually with an arc in mind. Even when you do that, it will still look like a flat top. So, then, you go along the outside edge of the mane on either side and slant the clipper to give it a more rounded shape and refinement. I have some pictures that might help...but I don't want to hijack the thread. Let me know if you guys want to see them, and I'll post them!
         
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        08-16-2009, 11:39 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    I love it but I love roached manes =D LOL.
         
        08-16-2009, 12:32 PM
      #13
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FlutterByNight    
    The only time I used scissors was when I roached him for the first time, to get rid of the bulk of his mane so I didn't kill the clippers. I clip it to shape it. It takes some practice. I've messed it up and given him a flat top a few times! Mama gave him a real bad haircut. The trick is to work it (the top) gradually with an arc in mind. Even when you do that, it will still look like a flat top. So, then, you go along the outside edge of the mane on either side and slant the clipper to give it a more rounded shape and refinement. I have some pictures that might help...but I don't want to hijack the thread. Let me know if you guys want to see them, and I'll post them!
    If the OP doesn't mind I would like to see them.
         
        08-16-2009, 02:02 PM
      #14
    Trained
    Why does everyone think that if you cut hair it will grow back thicker? A person, a horse, a dog -- whatever -- we all just have so many hair follicles and that's it. Shaving won't increase that number. Same as when we go to the salon and they try to tell us that our hair will grow faster if we keep it trimmed regularly. Not true; hair doesn't "know" if it's been trimmed or not.

    Now, if we and our horses were plants -- that'd be different! :)
         
        08-16-2009, 02:45 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Well, I don't know if it's true or not, but it sure as heck seems to me like hair grows in thicker if you shave it. O.O
         
        08-16-2009, 02:59 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Ok. I propose an experiment. I'm going to start a new thread about "does roaching make a mane grow in thicker?" Anyone that wants to take part -- go see it. I think I'll post it under grooming.
         
        08-16-2009, 04:42 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
    Why does everyone think that if you cut hair it will grow back thicker? A person, a horse, a dog -- whatever -- we all just have so many hair follicles and that's it. Shaving won't increase that number. Same as when we go to the salon and they try to tell us that our hair will grow faster if we keep it trimmed regularly. Not true; hair doesn't "know" if it's been trimmed or not.

    Now, if we and our horses were plants -- that'd be different! :)
    I definitely see your point. I know from when I first started shaving my legs, years and years ago, that the hairs do grow back thicker now and are more resistant to the blade than they were in my youth. I can only go by what my eyes and hands have experienced with my horse; it's certainly not scientific. Anecdotal at best.
         
        08-16-2009, 05:01 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FlutterByNight    
    I definitely see your point. I know from when I first started shaving my legs, years and years ago, that the hairs do grow back thicker now and are more resistant to the blade than they were in my youth. I can only go by what my eyes and hands have experienced with my horse; it's certainly not scientific. Anecdotal at best.
    One more thought...perhaps the quality of the new growth following hogging/roaching is so much better/higher which makes it appear thicker?
         
        08-16-2009, 06:29 PM
      #19
    Trained
    I like it, but I'm also a long-time advocate of roaching/hogging :]

    I use the clippers too. I use old sheep shears to get it as short as I can then use my hand-held clippers to neaten it up, especially because I show.
         
        08-16-2009, 08:20 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    I just used clippers and clipped it all off, this pic is about 2 weeks after when it grew in a little

    And no, go ahead and post pics, I don't mind at all.

    I agree that maybe there isnt MORE exactly, but I think the quality is much much better. The hair itself is new so it is thicker strands and stronger. Look at your hair on the ends, its thin and dryer than whats at the scalp. "new" hair is stronger and healthier
         

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