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    03-09-2013, 03:45 PM
  #11
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I use one of my Tb all the time, she hates having her mane pulled and I can't really blame her (I'd hate it too). Solo combs are brilliant but you have to know how to use them and make sure you cut the hair as close to the roots as possible. The great thing is that you can adjust the length and thickness more so than by just pulling. I've been using my today and had happy relaxed tb to work with
     
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    03-09-2013, 06:23 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald    
Getting your hair ripped out hurts like hell! Most horses wont stand still for someone to be able to do this any longer than a minute....
Horses don't have nerve endings in their hair, so actually pulling their hair out doesn't cause them any pain like it does when our hair is pulled.

What horses dislike some of the time is the tugging sensation on their neck when you're pulling chunks out. Often if you take less at a time, they won't be as bothered by it. Other horses are just impatient and don't really want to stand while you fiddle with their mane.
     
    03-09-2013, 07:01 PM
  #13
Trained
I have one and it's on my "stuff to resell" list. It works, but I find pulling to be quicker since the comb has a bit of a learning curve to it. If you don't cut just right, you don't get the clean cuts and just make frizz.
     
    03-10-2013, 01:31 AM
  #14
Weanling
Useless, all it is is a razor blade that cuts the hair off. The problem is, all those little clipped hairs grow back...and produce this wonderful Mohawk sticking up through that nice pretty mane.

And man is it a pain to try to clip off all those hairs that stick up.
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    03-10-2013, 05:23 AM
  #15
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Originally Posted by Eolith    
Horses don't have nerve endings in their hair, so actually pulling their hair out doesn't cause them any pain like it does when our hair is pulled.

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No-one has nerve endings in their hair, it is in their skin (as ours are) and yes it does cause them pain.
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    03-10-2013, 05:41 PM
  #16
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Originally Posted by FaydesMom    
Useless, all it is is a razor blade that cuts the hair off. The problem is, all those little clipped hairs grow back...and produce this wonderful Mohawk sticking up through that nice pretty mane.

And man is it a pain to try to clip off all those hairs that stick up.
Actually a cut hair doesn't stick up any more than a short regrown one, why should it? I've used it many times and never had any sticking up hairs. The danger is though that you don't cut them as close to the root as possible which can result in varying lengths, but that just depends on your skill in using it and on thin sections of mane it is an advantage.
     
    03-10-2013, 06:05 PM
  #17
Green Broke
I think they are awesome if you look after them. I have had one break on my before but it was easily fixed. Worth the money!
     
    03-10-2013, 06:16 PM
  #18
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I don't usually disagree with Clava (sorry Clava) so I hope she forgives me but whenever I use these things on my horses I also end up with a mohawk look and stubby bits that refuse to go into the plaits so I gave up with them. If needs must and I have to pull an awkward horses mane it has to be twitched and done over a few days.
It seems to be a lot easier to pull manes when the horse is warm
What I do find unusual is that 3 of my current horses stand and go to sleep when they get manes or tails pulled (and one of those can be a real precious princess when she wants to be about other things) but the other two really dislike it and have to have a stern talking too at times - yet one of those two never minded having her tail pulled
So can anyone explain why some horses appear to find it painful and not others? Serious question.
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    03-10-2013, 08:35 PM
  #19
Yearling
If you can, find an old shearing blade. It works MUCH better :)
     

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