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post #21 of 29 Old 01-14-2009, 04:48 PM
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I have roached my mare's mane a lot, to keep it out of the way while barrel racing. Plus, when a horse has a nice neck, I like to show it off!

I have roached my two year old's mane one, the vet had to shave off his forelock to stitch up a cut so I just did the rest of it. He looked pretty good, too.

I believe the corret way to roach a mane is to leave the forelock and about 2-3 inches at withers. To me, it just looks stupid that way, though.

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post #22 of 29 Old 01-14-2009, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, that sounds like it would look a bit odd =/. I like things even so if I did it the "correct way" I would have a permanent twitch in my eye every time I looked at my horses mane.
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post #23 of 29 Old 01-14-2009, 04:55 PM
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You roach the forelock? Wow that would look really weird... Here we roach the mane and leave the forlock, sometimes leave a little at the wither so rugs/saddles don't rub.

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post #24 of 29 Old 01-14-2009, 05:33 PM
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Is a roached mane accepted in all disciplines? I would be too afraid of roaching a mane and then HATING it. I do like the way it looks sometimes though.


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Is a roached mane excepted in all disciplines? I would be too afraid of roaching a mane and then HATING it. I do like the way it looks sometimes though.


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I bet ya that draft your working on would look nice and husky with a roached mane!
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post #26 of 29 Old 01-14-2009, 05:50 PM
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Yeah, that's what I was thinking but I would be SO SCARED to do it, especially because he's not my horse. I'm afraid I would make his owner cry. Besides, I don't have access to clippers so I wouldn't be able to do it very neatly.

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If he's jumpy (I think you mentioned he was), clipping him might not end up very well for either of you anyway. =/
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post #28 of 29 Old 01-14-2009, 06:04 PM
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Yeah, I think I'm going to pass on roaching him. I would be treading dangerous waters there, plus I have no real reason to do it.

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post #29 of 29 Old 01-14-2009, 08:14 PM
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No health problems, but keeping the mane long does help keep the fly's off their neck. It works with some breeds, but personally I am not a fan.
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