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post #1 of 13 Old 10-31-2007, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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A shot in total desperation here!

Well, don't be to critical, I'm just wondering if anyone has ever tried it or knows of a better idea.

I am a dressage show groom for a horse that I've groomed for quite a while. This year he will hopefully be showing Grand Prix! As his show groom, I want him looking his very best however, his mane is terrible! It is the typical thick, and when I pull it to thin it, It only gets shorter. If I relyed on pulling alone, his mane would be like an inch short by the time it was thin enough to braid, which is too short for me to braid. In the past, I have just split the mane down the middle and clipped it in random places to thin it. However, another girl pulled his mane in my absence and clipped it too shorten it, and ruining it for a while. The owner was not happy and now refuses too let clippers near his mane. I feel bad, because I had thought she knew that I had clipped his mane before to thin it. Now that she has had me become his groom again, I don't really know what to do.

Here comes the suggestion! Nair. I am a nail technician and esthetician so I have the knowlege of hair removal on humans, so I am thinking it will work if I split the mane and apply small amounts in specific areas. Therefore, no clipping and longer hair removal. The only thing someone brought up would be that it might sting, or that it could irritate the skin. It probably would sting, but the alternative is it being pulled out, which is more painful. As for irritation, it is ment for human skin, which is more sensitive then horse skin. The owner is fine with it, as long as I do it now, well before show season.

Has anyone ever tried this? Or have any other suggestions?

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post #2 of 13 Old 10-31-2007, 11:08 PM
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HEY AND CONGRATS,

You wouldn't have a picture? This may help... I know what you mean about the mane! Its horrible aye! :roll:

I have no idea how to help, your kinda stuck in the mud aye!

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post #3 of 13 Old 11-01-2007, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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a picture of his mane? I don't have, I could get one. I've thought of just telling her that that is what I did before, but then if she didn't know that I was, I would feel really embarrassed! I suppose though if she didn't notice before, then she wouldn't mind now! :o

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post #4 of 13 Old 11-01-2007, 07:14 AM
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I don't know anything about horse show grooming, but could you just use scissors, maybe thinning shears? I use scissors to cut the bridle path on my horse. I don't have clippers but worked as a hair stylist many years ago and still have lots of haircutting shears.Just a thought


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post #5 of 13 Old 11-01-2007, 08:14 AM
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Vidaloco has the right idea. I use thinning scissors. Or a solo comb is just as good.
That way you will keep the length, but lose the thickness/mass.
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-01-2007, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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mane

I never have tried thinning shears, I don't really know how they work. I will bring that up.

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post #7 of 13 Old 11-01-2007, 08:39 PM
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Argh nows there a idea!!

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post #8 of 13 Old 11-09-2007, 11:22 PM
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I kinda like the Nair idea, at least it would last longer! I would try it just to try it, but I would only do a very small trial patch first and see how it works out. Then if the results aren't what you want, no one will ever even notice!
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post #9 of 13 Old 11-10-2007, 07:37 AM
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The only problem I can see with the nair is getting it rinced off REALLY well.


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post #10 of 13 Old 11-10-2007, 10:48 PM
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You could always hose it off, but its cold now. I would say a bucket/sponge with warm water.

Generally, horse's manes are pretty insensitive- so pulling shouldn't bother them.. Though I have known horses who are more sensitive than others.

As far as nair being irritative, I'm not sure- I'd be really careful though. Just because horses skin isn't necessarily as sensitive, horses, dogs and humans all have different pH levels of skin, (hence why its not reccomended to use human shampoo on dogs, since it irritates them and can lead to hot spots/itchiness)... anyway I would be cautious, especially if the horse has sensitive skin.. (sensitive to bugs, hives when he gets shots, etc.)
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