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    07-20-2011, 02:35 PM
  #1
Yearling
Should I shorten her mane?

My QH mare has a nice black mane. However it is quite scraggly and thin at the longest part and it is all uneven. I'm wondering if I should cut it so its all more one length and then let it grow out from there. If I do - should I use scissors or pull the mane? How do you even pull a mane? I've never done it before!

I'm at work so I can't post pics of her mane but if you go on my profile page you should find some pics of her. I hate to cut her mane - makes me nervous! But I think she might look a lot better!
     
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    07-20-2011, 05:26 PM
  #2
Yearling
Anyone?
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    07-20-2011, 05:29 PM
  #3
Yearling
Use scissors if you are going to cut it. :-D
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    07-20-2011, 05:46 PM
  #4
Banned
If you want to keep her main long but clean up the ends, and have the straight edge 'pulled' look start at the top of her neck and instead of cutting straight, cut with the scissors angled up, cut, than angle them the other way and cut so you make a 'x' with the scissors, if that makes sense. When you done go through and cut off any hair that you missed that's longer than the others and if you did it right it'll look like you pulled her hair. I don't like pulling longer mains, so I use this technique instead.
     
    07-20-2011, 06:17 PM
  #5
Showing
You can also use a thinning razor or thinning comb like these


Or this "Hog hair thinning comb"
     
    07-20-2011, 06:28 PM
  #6
Yearling
Problem is I want it evened out but I don't want to thin it anymore. Wouldn't the combs just thin it out more? I almost wonder if I should not roach it. I really don't want to but at least I could start over. Do you think she could pull off a roached mane? She is the horse in my avatar. Also, how long might it take to grow back?
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    07-20-2011, 06:36 PM
  #7
Showing
The combs only thin the mane out if you start from the top. If you just use them to thin out the area level with the shortest spot, then all it really does is trim the mane without the blunt look you get with scissors.

My Dad never pulled a mane when he was showing unless it was already way too thick. On most horses, he just used a thinning razor to trim the ends to the desired length.
     
    07-20-2011, 07:00 PM
  #8
Yearling
We usually pull all the really long 'independent' sections of mane then cut the ends up.
     
    07-24-2011, 12:47 PM
  #9
Foal
You could try thinning shears, if you want to cut it, that will kind of give it that uneven, "natural" look.
     
    07-24-2011, 01:14 PM
  #10
Super Moderator
Or, you could hold the long sections in one hand and pinch/pull the ends to the length you want. That way the horse won't feel the pull. Just pinch and pull very small amounts of hair (twenty or so hairs) at a time.
     

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