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?