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    01-21-2011, 11:16 PM
  #11
Foal
You make a very good point! Haha. But just as an alternative, do you know anything about giving a pulled mane look and feel with thinning shears. Just wondering. I can't find anything on google about it.
     
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    01-22-2011, 12:46 AM
  #12
Trained
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Roaching helps a thin neck look thicker
I think the opposite, it looks horrible on thin necks!

I love roached manes, I have both my ASH and my Arab roached and they look spunky, but both have the neck for it. I actually think your boy would look great roached, but it might be no-no for shows.
     
    01-22-2011, 12:58 AM
  #13
Yearling
I always roach my horses manes. I do, however, leave their forelock. I am firmly against pulling a horses mane as I can't imagine what it would be like if someone were to take little chunks of my hair and pull them out. I've also seen horses bleed from it. I think that thinning shears could help. I also don't tend to grab onto a horses mane. I don't think I've ever really done that. If I'm riding bareback I will usually just use a neck rope.

P.S. I do dressage and I'm not sure if there are any rules against it in western.
     
    01-22-2011, 01:00 AM
  #14
Trained
My boy roached:

     
    01-22-2011, 01:07 AM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Arksly    
I always roach my horses manes. I do, however, leave their forelock. I am firmly against pulling a horses mane as I can't imagine what it would be like if someone were to take little chunks of my hair and pull them out. I've also seen horses bleed from it. I think that thinning shears could help. I also don't tend to grab onto a horses mane. I don't think I've ever really done that. If I'm riding bareback I will usually just use a neck rope.

P.S. I do dressage and I'm not sure if there are any rules against it in western.
I heard that it doesn't hurt them as much as you would think. I pull my horse's mane because it was literally impossible to braid, and I can braid some pretty thick manes. It doesn't bother him in the least, but I would avoid using thinning shears because they make the mane choppy and a pain to braid. I charge extra whenever I have to braid manes that have been attacked by the thinning shears..

And I agree, you shouldn't be grabbing onto mane period. I believe, if you're riding, your legs should be strong enough to where you don't have to grab mane.
     
    01-22-2011, 01:15 AM
  #16
Yearling
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Originally Posted by justjump    
I heard that it doesn't hurt them as much as you would think. I pull my horse's mane because it was literally impossible to braid, and I can braid some pretty thick manes. It doesn't bother him in the least, but I would avoid using thinning shears because they make the mane choppy and a pain to braid. I charge extra whenever I have to braid manes that have been attacked by the thinning shears..

And I agree, you shouldn't be grabbing onto mane period. I believe, if you're riding, your legs should be strong enough to where you don't have to grab mane.
Well considering that a horse can feel a fly land on it I think it would be at least uncomfortable. Jesse has a pretty thick mane and when I was doing hunters we just braided it (ended up being over thirty braids) and just picked itty-bitty sections. It took forever, but it did the job. We just roach it now, let it grow out a little and then make lump like things so it has almost the same effect as braids. I'll have to try to find a picture.
     
    01-22-2011, 01:19 AM
  #17
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Arksly    
Well considering that a horse can feel a fly land on it I think it would be at least uncomfortable. Jesse has a pretty thick mane and when I was doing hunters we just braided it (ended up being over thirty braids) and just picked itty-bitty sections. It took forever, but it did the job. We just roach it now, let it grow out a little and then make lump like things so it has almost the same effect as braids. I'll have to try to find a picture.
Button braids? And, a horse at my barn's mane was so bad, that even taking less than a half an inch of hair was impossible. I did about 10 braids in the first 4 inches on his mane before it got even thicker (which somehow that was even possible!)

I also read somewhere that the top part of the neck where the hair grows is just fat and doesn't have as many nerves in it? I'm not trying to argue, I just read that a really long time ago and IDK if it was even true! Haha.
     
    01-22-2011, 01:24 AM
  #18
Yearling
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Originally Posted by justjump    
Button braids? And, a horse at my barn's mane was so bad, that even taking less than a half an inch of hair was impossible. I did about 10 braids in the first 4 inches on his mane before it got even thicker (which somehow that was even possible!)

I also read somewhere that the top part of the neck where the hair grows is just fat and doesn't have as many nerves in it? I'm not trying to argue, I just read that a really long time ago and IDK if it was even true! Haha.
Oi vey, that does sound thick. Could be possible that they don't feel much there. It just freaked me out a little when I pulled a grey mare's mane and she started to bleed .

This was the type of braids we did (I honestly don't know what they are called):
     
    01-22-2011, 01:27 AM
  #19
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Arksly    
Oi vey, that does sound thick. Could be possible that they don't feel much there. It just freaked me out a little when I pulled a grey mare's mane and she started to bleed .

This was the type of braids we did (I honestly don't know what they are called):
Those are hunter braids, the kind I do haha!

And that's really really strange... Sometimes if you pull too much hair out it can bleed. I do my horse's mane in small sections over a period of a week before I braid him, because their neck can get sore if you pull too much out.
     
    01-22-2011, 01:50 AM
  #20
Yearling
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Originally Posted by justjump    
Those are hunter braids, the kind I do haha!

And that's really really strange... Sometimes if you pull too much hair out it can bleed. I do my horse's mane in small sections over a period of a week before I braid him, because their neck can get sore if you pull too much out.
Well I've never really liked pulling manes so I would take extremely tiny bits (like not even 10 hairs at a time). She could have just been sensitive though.
     

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