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post #1 of 23 Old 06-27-2011, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Question Should I roach these manes?

Red - I think his is scraggly, and he has a pretty cresty neck.

Buster (the pony in the middle) - he has hardly any mane, and I kind of like his natural "mohawk," but I wonder what he'd look like roached.
Roany (excuse his wooliness, this is his average winter coat) - I'm just curious with him.

Rooster - his mane had to be pulled because he rubbed it out.

Dusty - her mane is not only a double mane, but a PAIN!

Tony - he has been roached at one point, but it was years ago.

What do you think? Who all should I roach, if any?
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post #2 of 23 Old 06-27-2011, 05:00 PM
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lol, i'd go with buster... he'd look cute! Roached manes make crested necks look even bigger, so i'd hold off on Red. Besides, i like Red's mane, especially the frosting. Roany's mane looks a bit scraggly, and could probably benefit from a roaching. Is he older? If you have lots of flies or mosquitoes, you might not want to take away his mane. Younger horses will be fine, but the older ones need all the protection they can get! I like Rooster's mane as is, but probably because i'm an english rider mainly, and i'm used to seeing pulled manes =). I think roached would look very nice on Dusty, and i can't give you much advice on Tony. Have fun, and good luck. Post some picks if you decide to roach!
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post #3 of 23 Old 06-27-2011, 05:50 PM
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I love the roached look on horses - go ahead and try it on all of them, if you'd like. If you don't like how it looks on some of them, leave it alone... their manes will grow back :)

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post #4 of 23 Old 06-27-2011, 08:20 PM
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I roached my TB cross's mane at the beginning of the summer and I LOVE the way he looks with it. Its growing out into a mow-hawk at the moment :)
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post #5 of 23 Old 06-27-2011, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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Here's a better one of Tony. Buster is kind of in this picture too.

Here's a better one of Tony.

I'll think some about it!
Actually, although Roany looks older, he is only 16! I have no clue why he has such a sway back, but a lot of the "old man" look is from malnutrition, as he was a rescue horse. When we got him, the original owners (the neglectors) said his name was Roany, but the people who adopted him out to us started calling him Old Man. He didn't respond to that name, so we stuck with his old name. :P
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post #6 of 23 Old 06-28-2011, 12:24 AM
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awww, well i'm glad Roany has found a good home with you =) I think Tony would look nice with a roached mane too. You should probably do Roany's mane to give it a chance to grow in nicer. I knew a undernourished horse who's mane grew in a lot thicker once he'd had some more food, so it'd be a great chance to even out his mane.
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post #7 of 23 Old 06-28-2011, 01:49 AM
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Personally I'd only roach Red and Buster and possibly Tony..
Rooster I really like with the pulled mane, with Roany I feel like a roach might not look right on him, and Dusty's mane is really nice!

Of course it's your call, though. A roach is definitely much more manageable than a mane, that's for sure! I loved it on my TB, but then again he looked better with it pulled..usually I prefer a long mane if it will grow nicely, though.
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post #8 of 23 Old 06-28-2011, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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If breed matters any, here are the breeds:
Tony - Quarter Horse
Buster - Appaloosa
Roany - Fox Trotter
Rooster - Appaloosa (cropout)
Red - Appaloosa (cropout)
Dusty - Walking Horse
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post #9 of 23 Old 06-28-2011, 09:32 PM
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breeds don't really matter unless you're going to breed shows. If so, then follow the breed standards =)
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post #10 of 23 Old 06-28-2011, 09:44 PM
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I wouldn't roach any!

Just pull them and tidy them up!
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