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post #1 of 37 Old 05-03-2012, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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roaching a mane???

Mr. Big Stuff's mane has been chewed. Again. It was just getting to the point where it had grown out from the last chewing and was getting nice and long and even. Now, there's almost a 1 foot section that has a huge gap chewed out of it and it's too short to lay flat! I'm about at the point of just roaching his mane and letting it grow out evenly from there.

Roaching is an entirely new process for me - I've never been really fond of a roached mane but beggars, etc...... I'll listen to any hints, pointers, or advice. Sympathy is also welcome as I'm beginning to feel the need for a pity party. A short pity party, probably with some wine, but the frustration is getting to me!

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post #2 of 37 Old 05-03-2012, 12:41 PM
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* Sets the box of wine on the counter* I feel for you, I really do. Hog it off and start over is about the only option you have. You could take the scissors and cut it all the same length since you still have a bit left....
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*Pours a glass and hands one to Rascaholic* Thanks, Friend!

Yes, it looks like my last option. Mr. Big needs a roached mane about like I need a tutu. He's my fleabit grey, 14.2 h Pillsbury doughboy, and even though (gasp) he's a normal weight this Spring, he still is built like a small tank and has a cresty neck. Oh, this is going to be gorgeous. NOT.
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LOL, it happens.

We've always used manual sheep shears to roach/trim our horses/mules. I only recently bought a pair of electric clippers for bridle paths and such.

Only suggestion I can really offer is that you can trim his mane in a way that can make his neck look not quite so ugly. If it is an uneven crest, you can leave small sections longer and make the mane look smooth and arched (think Fjord horses). The same can be done if the horse's neck is flat.

We used to do that with our driven mules, because mules tend to have a flatter neck than a horse, we would arch their mane so that it gave them the look of a crestier neck.


Also, if you cut it shorter (an inch or two) and it doesn't stand up right away, give it a few days before deciding to cut it all the way off. Sometimes it takes a while for the mane to stand up.
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*Pours a glass and hands one to Rascaholic* Thanks, Friend!

Yes, it looks like my last option. Mr. Big needs a roached mane about like I need a tutu. He's my fleabit grey, 14.2 h Pillsbury doughboy, and even though (gasp) he's a normal weight this Spring, he still is built like a small tank and has a cresty neck. Oh, this is going to be gorgeous. NOT.
Where's the Smilie for disgusted???
You're welcome. Nothing hurt in trying to trim it up. It does give you a couple weeks head start on the buzz cut option. I took a look in your photos, he'll actually look decent if you do have to totally hog it.

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LOL, it happens.

We've always used manual sheep shears to roach/trim our horses/mules. I only recently bought a pair of electric clippers for bridle paths and such.

Only suggestion I can really offer is that you can trim his mane in a way that can make his neck look not quite so ugly. If it is an uneven crest, you can leave small sections longer and make the mane look smooth and arched (think Fjord horses). The same can be done if the horse's neck is flat.

We used to do that with our driven mules, because mules tend to have a flatter neck than a horse, we would arch their mane so that it gave them the look of a crestier neck.


Also, if you cut it shorter (an inch or two) and it doesn't stand up right away, give it a few days before deciding to cut it all the way off. Sometimes it takes a while for the mane to stand up.
Oh I love me a good set of mules! I will admit to knowing almost nothing about them, but I still love the look of them and their work ethic is awesome. Well, it is if they have good training LOL.

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I am chilling some British Columbian award winning sparkling wine right now for the party with the pity theme. When hubby gets home this evening and he pops the cork (to the wine, let's keep it "G" rated), and pours us each a glass, I will make a toast & say-Here's to Mr. Big Stuff! No further explanation is needed for hubby and by the way, his mane is roached too (he has a shaved head). I am sure your Mr. Big Stuff will look as sexy as my guy with a shaved mane!
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LOL I'll try and get some pictures up!

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Got any carrots to go with that wine?


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