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post #1 of 5 Old 04-11-2009, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Shortening manes

I am going to be showing a Quarter Horse at fair this year (she is leased). The owner wants me to pull her mane so its shorter than it is now (right now, it's probably...6-7 inches long but she wants it like 4-5 inches long). I can't stand pulling manes, its so time consuming, and it hurts my fingers. I pulled a majority of her mane a while ago, and it didn't look any shorter. Is there another way to shorten a mane?? He hair grows really fast and I don't want to be pulling her mane every two weeks... For shows, I am just going to band her mane.Our first show is May 30th.

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-11-2009, 06:15 PM
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pull it and trim it
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-15-2009, 04:32 PM
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Pulling doesn't necessarily shorten a mane, it just thins it. You have to trim it. I think the Quarter Horse standard is 3 inches, with an ear-length bridle path. It has to be banded, too.

I trim and pull my TB's mane twice a year. I personally don't like the chopped look, so I cut upwards after taking the length off to give it a more natural look. I think the straight cut look is acceptable for QH's though.

Also, do you use a comb when pulling it? It shouldn't hurt your fingers if you do.

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I would trim it for best results. As pulling can thin the mane. :) It's neater, too.

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-17-2009, 12:39 PM
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I use clippers to take off the majority of the hair, and then neaten it up with scissors. This only works with shortening, it wont do anything to thin the mane.

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