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  • Horse mane roaching methods

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    04-08-2013, 08:07 PM

Aires' mane is disgusting this spring. It's horribly tangled and no amount of brushing is doing any good. I'm considering just hacking it all off and starting from scratch. Thing is, he absolutely WILL NOT tolerate clippers (have tried desensitizing him to the for the past two years with no luck...have even gotten kicked/pawed for my trouble). Is it possible to roach a mane without clippers? Also, he's got such a cute, rock star forelock...would that have to go, too?
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    04-08-2013, 08:23 PM
There are other ways to do it. You can use kids scissors, where the edges are round. Normally you leave the forelock for fly protection. However if you cut off the mane it will look super bad when it grows back. What I would do is use calm coats shine and detangler. I spray it in my horses tail once a week, it does wonders. Also try keeping the mane braided, this will keep it from getting tangled. Just changed out the braids every week or two.
    04-08-2013, 08:28 PM
I planned on trimming his mane for WP this year, anyway, but he's got this ridiculous mohawk of 2" long hairs going on sporadically down his mane that grow in clumps. His mane is also super coarse because he's half draft. His tail is getting braided and bagged (or at least tied up) unless we're at a show. It's ridiculously thick and reaches the bottoms of his fetlocks.
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    04-08-2013, 08:50 PM
I just roached Belle's with scissors. Hers is extremely thick, so it took a while, but it was worth it.

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    04-08-2013, 08:57 PM
You can see kinda how it looks here. Most of his mane stays on the right. See how "meh" the stuff on this side is? Other side is worse.

Please ignore his feet. They weren't as bad as this pic makes them look and they have since been trimmed.
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    04-08-2013, 09:26 PM
Just roach it, it will grow back no matter what.
    04-08-2013, 09:27 PM
I think he'll look cute with a roached mane. He'll be cooler, too.
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    04-08-2013, 09:28 PM
I always love the 'shock and awe' factor when you do it from other people too. Other people would die before doing it to thier horses, but agree that Belle looks fabulous.
    04-08-2013, 09:33 PM
Belle does look fabulous! My friends will probably freak when they see him. Lol.
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    04-08-2013, 09:39 PM
Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
Belle does look fabulous! My friends will probably freak when they see him. Lol.
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It's quite humorous if you don't let those things bother you, even if it ends up looking rediculous. It will always grow back and Aires really won't mind it as much as you or anyone else....promise.

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