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post #1 of 27 Old 06-03-2014, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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I'm interested in you guys' opinions on roaching or hogging a mane. The process of shaving it all off, you know? I'm an eventer, and I'm not really a fan of having a dozen or more braids in a horses mane for shows. I don't really want to pay for a groom to do this, and I just plain don't like the look!

I realize that roaching would be removing some of my little guys fly control, but he's not really bothered by them, especially because I put fly spray or a fly sheet and bonnet on him. I'm also really prone to getting my gloves/reins tangled in the mane when I'm riding! And I see this as a hazard for me, if my hands are tangled in his mane or something... I don't really "Grab mane" when I'm jumping (I use an automatic release, down the side of the neck sorta), but I'd leave a "Jesus handle" at the base of the neck anyways for mounting (I'm a shortie, and even with a mounting block, my leg's just not too flexible yet. haha), so I would have that and/or a neck strap to grab.

My guy's got a decent neck, and we wont be doing much showing before his topline's fabulous anyways...

This is mainly cosmetic, I just want to know... is it silly? To shave off a horses mane just cause it looks "dopey" and I don't want to have to braid it and get my reins and hands tangled in it?

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post #2 of 27 Old 06-03-2014, 02:13 PM
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Not at all. If you want to hog it, hog it! He'll cope fine without it, and if you'd prefer the look/lack of upkeep (apart from reclipping it), then go for it.
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If you don't think flys will be a problem than I don't really see why you shouldn't. I like my horses' manes long and can't hardly put a pair of clippers, scissors, etc to them. Also, it can get pretty cold here and I'm sure there super long and thick manes help keep them warm. But if your horse's mane is already pulled, I don't see why you couldn't just go ahead and roach it. Does your horse's mane grow fast? If so, than maybe you can roach it now and it'll be grown out enough for you to braid it again when you do start showing. I'm considering roaching my mini gelding's mane because it's very sun bleached.
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post #4 of 27 Old 06-03-2014, 02:15 PM
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On a horse with a nice neck, my heart skips a beat when I see it roached. I have evented on horses with roached manes, and I played polo, so I don't think they are "dopey" at all. Also, if you don't like it, it is just hair and WILL grow back.
I think a picture of your horse is in order, though :)
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post #5 of 27 Old 06-03-2014, 02:18 PM
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My mares mane is shaved off :) I do it a few weeks before a show so it grows out. it makes her neck look HUGE! ;) haha
I like the look personal if the horse has a good top line
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post #6 of 27 Old 06-03-2014, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Also, it can get pretty cold here and I'm sure there super long and thick manes help keep them warm. But if your horse's mane is already pulled, I don't see why you couldn't just go ahead and roach it. Does your horse's mane grow fast? If so, than maybe you can roach it now and it'll be grown out enough for you to braid it again when you do start showing. I'm considering roaching my mini gelding's mane because it's very sun bleached.
It's not really cold here, just drizzly sometimes (I'm in the northwest so we're famous for that all-day misty rainey type weather haha) But I could always attach a neck thing to his blanket...

His mane is not pulled, its about 5/6 inches right now. But not all the same length, kinda like someone trimmed it with scissors and did a crappy job. I don't know how fast it grows, I've only just met him... And FYI, i think a spunky little roach/Mohawk on a mini would look adorable!!
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post #7 of 27 Old 06-03-2014, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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On a horse with a nice neck, my heart skips a beat when I see it roached. I have evented on horses with roached manes, and I played polo, so I don't think they are "dopey" at all. Also, if you don't like it, it is just hair and WILL grow back.
I think a picture of your horse is in order, though :)
I was actually saying i would be shaving it because it looks dopey now. its 5/6" long and a few awkward different lengths. :P Kinda like a 6 yo. took scissors to it. And when i canter its not long enough to be flowy (like one morgan i rode that had an 18ish inch mane Purdy..) but his just kinda flops. I'll see if i can find a picture...

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I cant figure out how to do a pic without having a url. :P I just have a few and those are saved to my computer.

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I've shown with a hogged mane before, cover rubbed out most of it so i shaved it all off. It does make a difference when the horse has a nice neck. No one really noticed.

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post #10 of 27 Old 06-03-2014, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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I've shown with a hogged mane before, cover rubbed out most of it so i shaved it all off. It does make a difference when the horse has a nice neck. No one really noticed.

How big a show was it? Any risk of getting DQ cause you don't have that braided turnout that most judges look for? Your horse is stunning btw. <3
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