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        02-01-2013, 05:29 PM
    Green Broke
    Thanks, clippity!
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        02-02-2013, 03:22 PM
    Green Broke
    Alrighty, I'm back with pictures!

    This was Sun's first time ever being around clippers. After a minute of showing them to her I started on her mane and she was perfect. Immediately got used to it and stood like a champ.
    The clippers stayed cool the whole time and I didn't use a blade guard. It went to the skin but it still looks good and will fill in soon.

    First photo is before, after I chopped off all the length (you can see the spot I cut with scissors near her withers, and remnants of the purple medicine!).
    Second is the finished product.

    Thanks for everyone's help!
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        02-02-2013, 04:01 PM
    You did great! I love a pretty clean cut roach job. It's always good to start out going all the way to the skin because it does fill in very quickly. It'll look perfect in about two weeks and then you can either decide to let it grow back out evenly or you can maintain the short cut. Like I said, I like to give my guy some shape with his cut. I ride him English (not show or anything) and I think it gives the illusion of braids. It's also super easy to keep clean. We have sticky black clay here and especially right now, one roll in the mud and only warm water will get that mess cleaned up from their mane which is a task in the middle of January and February. And way to go to your girl for behaving! :)

    Here's a couple of pics of my boy so you can see what I mean.
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        02-02-2013, 04:12 PM
    It seems that nothing shows off the neck like a roach job. No amount of banding or braiding does it as well. Mind you, some horses don't really suit it. I don't like a long mane as the reins seem to catch in it. If it weren't for all the flies we get the manes would be roached. Sure beats trying to pick them out. At one time a roached mane was the sign of a roping horse. If you want to make a horse's eyes "pop" cut one clipper width at the base of each ear to narrow the forelock from back to front. Lunge the horse to warm him up then get your camera. A warmed up horse makes far nicer pictures.
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        02-02-2013, 05:07 PM
    Green Broke
    Your boy is lovely, M!

    Saddlebag, barn buddies weren't too pleased that I was going to roach her but were surprised once it was finished. Looks better on her than we thought!
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        02-02-2013, 08:09 PM
    My husband always says they look sexy when I roach one of my horses. I have a 31 year old Tennessee Walker that I started roaching this summer too. I think it makes him look so clean cut and much younger actually. He's the one that is a pain to keep clean because when he rolls, he gets INTO IT. I do have one quarter horse cross that has the most gorgeous mane. I won't even cut a bridle path on him. He's got that classic wild mustang look. But he is easier to keep clean for some reason and I also ride him western so we do a lot of neck reining. Like Saddlebag said, when you ride with contact, the reins tend to get tangled in a long mane. Here's my old boy the day I roached him.

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        02-02-2013, 08:35 PM
    Sunny certainly has a good neck for it! She looks great!
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        02-02-2013, 09:21 PM
    I'd love to see a shot of you riding her now. I bet she'll be the most distinguished looking horse in the barn. ;)
        02-02-2013, 10:32 PM
    Green Broke
    Thanks, guys! M, I love your TWH. I grew up riding them so they have a place in my heart.

    After I roached her today, the BO came up and said, "So, why did you want to roach her mane?" with a serious look on her face. LOL.

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