Roaching a mane

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    06-14-2011, 10:17 AM
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I've seriously been conisdering roaching Red's mane. Normally it's lovley, but he has been rugged up, the weather is dry. It's flyless and, the mane just looks and feels bleh. It looks sillier with 7inchs missing from it! :P

(Excuse my expression, it was 9am, and cold! XD. And my stirrups where to long :P)

So from the ring stop, back is where he has rubbed of, to under the saddle pad .

Is there any tips, tricks or hints to getting that lovley clean look of a roached mane? Is it similar to the bridle path, but the hole mane?

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    06-14-2011, 01:56 PM
LOL, don't you just love it when they do that? For a nice, clean roach, I would use a pair of electric clippers. It isn't any different than trimming the bridle path. Luckily, it looks like your guy has a good neck for it.
    06-14-2011, 02:00 PM
What Smrobs said.

I love a nicely roached mane.
    06-14-2011, 03:12 PM
I just roached my boy for the first time yesterday. His mane looked like a zebra with thinning hair. So I took scissors first and trimmed everything down to a manageable length for my clippers. I'm just using old people clippers. They aren't even cordless but for never being done before, Mojo did beautifully. He was so patient because it took me forever. I'm a perfectionist so I went over it and over it and it took me a while to figure out how to hold the clippers at an angle that I liked. I think he fell asleep by the time I was done. The white noise of the clippers actually helped. LOL! I think you can probably roach with scissors alone but if you want to go all the way down and start over, clippers are the way to go. But like I said, even the cheapo walmart types worked in my case. Be sure to take it down the side and not just over the top. You want to blend everything a little bit. I think you'll like it! Keep the forelock though in my opinion. Hey. My hubby said Mojo looks sexy now. I think that counts for something. ;) Here are my pics from yesterday. I'm sorry if they're duplicates from another roaching post I put them on yesterday. Good luck!
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    06-14-2011, 04:27 PM
I agree, I think he would look good with a roached mane. It does look kinda funny how he has so much mane missing and he does have a lovely neck.

I have actually been wondering the same thing lately. Persia's mane is so thick and it gets so hot here, I wonder if it would just be better for her. I had to cut it because it was so scraggly when I got her but at the longest point it was really long. I hate how short it is right now because I know how long it COULD be. That's the only thing that's really keeping me from roaching it. I would hate to do it though and have it look funky on her. So if you don't mind me using your thread to ask peoples oppinion on her as well.

Is her neck too thick for something like that?
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    06-14-2011, 05:01 PM
Whisper, because her neck is more flat and thick without much arch to it, she may need the more arched roach to help her pull it off. I don't think that a close shave would flatter her very much. For a horse with a flat or underdeveloped neck, an arch trim is much more flattering as it gives them the appearance of a better neck.

The arched trim is what is most often seen on fjords and some mules where it is close cut at the withers and poll and left longer at the middle...

Also, if you leave it a bit longer, it will normally begin to stand straight up within just a couple of days so if you cut it and it continues to just lay over to one side, give it time before you try to trim it more.

Not the greatest picture but the best one that I could find.
    06-14-2011, 05:24 PM
Hmm, interesting. I can so see myself screwing that up LOL. I'll need to find someone to help me.
    06-14-2011, 05:31 PM
To be perfectly honest, we don't use clippers to get that arch on our mules. We use a pair of antique sheep shears like this. I am also currently using them for trimming bridle paths as well since we don't have electricity to the barn yet. I bet a pair of sharp scissors would work just as well.
    06-15-2011, 09:18 AM
Thanks so much for the replies! I'm going to give it a shot. Probably not going to blend very well, though, his bridle path looks nice. Maybe I wont stuff up so bad. :P

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