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post #1 of 26 Old 06-01-2012, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Roaching for a big boy?

okay so my sis has a very large APHA gelding, black/white, minimum markings. Some white in his mane and some under his mane. We were talking and she wants to know if he should get roached

But he has a very large.... 'musclar' neck and we're not sure if it would just look.... well...
His mane... lacks pizaz if you will. Its kind of thin..... especially compared to all our mares' CRAZY insane thick manes.....

So here are some pictures of the precious little thing

And also what would we do with the forelock?
We don't have clippers. Just scissors, but I use them to trim our female Cairn and it looks pretty good. But how would we do it to look the best?

She wants me to add most of them are from last year when he was still a fatty. He's been put to work and is now.... chunky

Have fun with the first picture
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post #2 of 26 Old 06-01-2012, 01:01 AM
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I think that a roached mane would look just fine on him... I can't tell you a whole lot about how to do it though.
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Personally........I wouldn't roach it, I don't see the point in roaching it to be honest.

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My boy has a big and short neck too, but I roached his.





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Personally........I wouldn't roach it, I don't see the point in roaching it to be honest.

I think roaching it would help him look sharper. He's got a big neck and a thin and short mane. I believe I was reading somewhere how drafts tend to look the best with roached manes, and that it compliments their neck.

This guy has been confused with draft X quite alot. And.... something has got to be done with that mane. He may very well be in CFD next year, and my sis wants him looking his best :)
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I agree, his scraggly thin mane just doesn't suit his physique. A roached mane does often give a very "clean" look.
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My boy has a big and short neck too, but I roached his.



beautiful! Love the lightening clip

Pretty sure we're going to do it. Just might not cut as close as you would for hogging a mane and see how that looks. You can always cut more, but you can't snap your fingers and rewind time

Tips on how to do it would be much appreciated!

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beautiful! Love the lightening clip

Pretty sure we're going to do it. Just might not cut as close as you would for hogging a mane and see how that looks. You can always cut more, but you can't snap your fingers and rewind time

Tips on how to do it would be much appreciated!
Why thank you! I had fun with it. I had tried to do flames originally but it looked like he had been attacked by a toddler with clippers so lightning bolt it was!

Personally, I hog all of his mane off, then let it grow to where I wanted it to be then trimmed with scissors.

I tried just cutting it the first time and it looked horrible, it still tried to flop over, I am horrible at cutting even enough and kept just getting shorter and shorter...so I just pulled out the clippers and just made a close clipping. He looked funny for about a month before it grew enough to give him some dignity, then after that I just maintained it. Don't let it get too long cause that looks odd too. I like Jake's around an inch and a half long to two inches. With gentle curves at both ends.

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After the clip : (he was underweight in these photos =\)


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Why thank you! I had fun with it. I had tried to do flames originally but it looked like he had been attacked by a toddler with clippers so lightning bolt it was!

Personally, I hog all of his mane off, then let it grow to where I wanted it to be then trimmed with scissors.

I tried just cutting it the first time and it looked horrible, it still tried to flop over, I am horrible at cutting even enough and kept just getting shorter and shorter...so I just pulled out the clippers and just made a close clipping. He looked funny for about a month before it grew enough to give him some dignity, then after that I just maintained it. Don't let it get too long cause that looks odd too. I like Jake's around an inch and a half long to two inches. With gentle curves at both ends.
first off, that bit about the toddler with clippers. Made both me and my sister burst out laughing

Secondly ... so yea not only do we not have clippers, but this horse is just now letting people touch his ears. He doesn't have the greatest past. And while he's improving, I don't feel like driving to nebraska to get him after he just takes his big butt and bolts...... we can try with some decent scissors, and see how it goes from there.... might end up stealing our dad's razor and praying that the horse is acting unlike himself that day :)

I end up trimming our female Cairn during the summer, and its tricky to get a terrier's hair looking decent without basically pulling it like a mane. But she always ends up looking good. Took her to work when I was at a groomers and all they did was even up one side a smidge.

Plus he'd be going into frontier park for practice at least twice a week. And nothing would get done with all the other horses snickering the whole time

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WE DID IT!!!! WE DID IT!!

Picture to come. Just gotta upload them on my computer. Used scissors.
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