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  • Is it cruel to roach a horses mane
  • Best clipper blade to roached manes

 
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    01-22-2011, 07:10 AM
  #21
Weanling
Personally, I think it varies from horse to horse how sensitive they are to pulling. Both of mine are your typical sensitive arabs, so I don't even try. I think it would just be mean to pull sensitive horses. A "trainer" that I knew thought differently, and they would pull all the horses no matter what. Often they would need to be tranquilized, with people holding them down, or they would just get a swift kick in the belly....it made me sick. However, my old instructor had an arab gelding that loved to show and knew that when his mane was being pulled he was going to a show soon. He stood for it and didn't seem to mind. Some less sensitive types also don't mind. I think it all depends, and it is only cruel if the horse is in obvious discomfort.

Oh, I also know a horse that needs to be tranquilized to have spring shots. Her owner would pull her mane when she was already sleepy and couldn't feel it. She pulled it short at first and it would last the entire season if she braided it right ;)
     
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    01-22-2011, 10:06 AM
  #22
Yearling
I echo what someone said, "Please don't roach" that beautiful mane. What you could that is so much easier on you and your horse is to use only the bottom blade of a set of clipper blades, the one with the longer teeth and a cutting edge. Tease up a section of mane with the teeth of the blade then give just a slight downward tug and the cutting part of the blade will only take the part you want it to do. With your horses thick mane don't try to get the the mane shorten to the length you want in one session, but progressively shorten as you go to get the desired length. I ws shown this method by a friend who showed her horse in Dressage tests.
     
    01-22-2011, 04:24 PM
  #23
Foal
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Originally Posted by candandy49    
I echo what someone said, "Please don't roach" that beautiful mane. What you could that is so much easier on you and your horse is to use only the bottom blade of a set of clipper blades, the one with the longer teeth and a cutting edge. Tease up a section of mane with the teeth of the blade then give just a slight downward tug and the cutting part of the blade will only take the part you want it to do. With your horses thick mane don't try to get the the mane shorten to the length you want in one session, but progressively shorten as you go to get the desired length. I ws shown this method by a friend who showed her horse in Dressage tests.
Thanks for the clipper blade idea! I'll try that.
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    01-22-2011, 05:02 PM
  #24
Showing
Please please don't roach that gorgeous mane, most of us slave for years trying to obtain that! Lol, if you're showing and would like to pull it, cut it to the length (usually 4 inches) you'd like and then pull it to thin it. If you use a comb to pull it and only take a little at a time, making sure to pull down, it doesn't hurt them.
     
    01-23-2011, 12:13 PM
  #25
Foal
She's got a nice neck for it...
It's just hair and it will grow back, so I'd say go for it if you really want to, but my tips below may help:
But if you like the length, use Mane 'n Tail shampoo and conditioner - it works MIRACLES!
But if her mane is coarse, baby oil works miracles!
My Walking Horse Dusty has very thick, coarse hair that baby oil makes shine just out of this world and also gets rid of frizz and makes it easy to comb.
However, my Fox Trotter Roany has normal thickness to his mane, but his hair is very fine, and his forelock frizzes up a lot! I use Mane 'n Tail on him and it makes his hair feel soooo soft like human hair! You could try putting the forelock in a braid (not hunter/jumper like, but a normal, long braid). I have seen many a Western Pleasure horse sport that look and it usually brings out the shine in the forelock.

Hope this helps!
~Casey
     
    01-23-2011, 02:25 PM
  #26
Foal
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Originally Posted by redrooster    
She's got a nice neck for it...
It's just hair and it will grow back, so I'd say go for it if you really want to, but my tips below may help:
But if you like the length, use Mane 'n Tail shampoo and conditioner - it works MIRACLES!
But if her mane is coarse, baby oil works miracles!
My Walking Horse Dusty has very thick, coarse hair that baby oil makes shine just out of this world and also gets rid of frizz and makes it easy to comb.
However, my Fox Trotter Roany has normal thickness to his mane, but his hair is very fine, and his forelock frizzes up a lot! I use Mane 'n Tail on him and it makes his hair feel soooo soft like human hair! You could try putting the forelock in a braid (not hunter/jumper like, but a normal, long braid). I have seen many a Western Pleasure horse sport that look and it usually brings out the shine in the forelock.

Hope this helps!
~Casey
It helped a lot. Thank you!!!
     
    01-23-2011, 05:26 PM
  #27
Foal
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Originally Posted by islandponi    
It helped a lot. Thank you!!!
No problem :P
     

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