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post #1 of 10 Old 04-22-2010, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Tips for horse hating mane pulled?

Figures. The horse that you could put a bomb under and you still wouldn't deter her from nipping has decided she's too sensitive to have her mane pulled.

Anybody have any tips for horses who dislike this? It's nothing serious, you can still get the job done, but she just gets worse and worse as you continue. You can brush her mane fine, but as soon as you back comb, she knows exactly what's coming. We've tried multiple times back combing and then just brushing it again, which works if you do it a few times and THEN pull, but then she's right back to throwing her head and backing up when you back comb.

Should I just ignore her? She basically throws her head up, tries to back up (she's pretty much stopped this as I very loudly reprimand her with my voice and a nice tap on the side with the comb for moving in a direction I haven't asked for) and now that she's learned she has to stand still, she's taken to shaking her head everytime you grab a chunk of mane.

It's been an extended work in progress, over the last several weeks, doing as little as possible each time, as I have to ensure the chunk I'm pulling is tiny or she REALLY gets upset. It's almost there, as I said we CAN do the work, but is there someway I can make this easier for her?

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-22-2010, 08:08 PM
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Wildey is the same - HATES it and throws his head around horribly. Me, I just gave up on the idea and chopped it all off - I figured it can't be comfortable and I don't really blame him for not liking it. If I needed his mane shorter I would cut it and then just rough up the ends - You could also try a thinning comb/thinning scissors.

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Yeah, I was afraid of that. Oh well, it needs to be thinned anyway, even at 1/4 of it's original length it's splaying in every direction because it's so thick. At least she doesn't look like a Mustang straight off the range anymore


Last time I took a pic, we've probably gotten about half that off now. And THIS picture shows it half gone already! Since when do Paints have such crazy manes?!

Her crazy mane in winter:




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post #4 of 10 Old 04-22-2010, 08:13 PM
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Sona does the same thing but she will crow hop IN THE CROSS TIES! I'm just getting really fast. I really dont know how to stop her I've never had a horse that did this.
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Lol! I'd just hog it, but I do love hogged manes, Latte's mane drives me batty!

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Lol! I'd just hog it, but I do love hogged manes, Latte's mane drives me batty!
I've seriously considered it. She's made such a dang mess of it, ripping massive chunks out and her cowlicks, it will take a miracle to make it look not goofy. Ashley and Shay-la threatened me on pain of death if I hogged it. I think it looks good on stockier horses!

My old ARab gelding's mowhawk after a few months of growth - he was ADORABLE!





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First I'd check to make sure her neck isn't sore, ie she does fine if you gently wobble the top of her neck or otherwise massage it. When I pull my horse's mane, he hates it, but I have someone feeding little treats or small carrot pieces while I'm doing it so he stays pretty well. I just make sure I'm using something that isn't going to be sugary, like sections of timothy pellets and bits of apple or carrot. There's one horse at my barn who is really bad about mane pulling, and his owner waits until the vet comes and then has him sedated so she can work on it.

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I agree with wild_spot. Roach it! Trust me! I would know! =P




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I'm like the anti-christ here for hogging Wildey's mane - Hogging an Arab is like blasphemy - btu he looked sooooo cute, when it was short, and even better with a mohawk!

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First I'd check to make sure her neck isn't sore, ie she does fine if you gently wobble the top of her neck or otherwise massage it. When I pull my horse's mane, he hates it, but I have someone feeding little treats or small carrot pieces while I'm doing it so he stays pretty well. I just make sure I'm using something that isn't going to be sugary, like sections of timothy pellets and bits of apple or carrot. There's one horse at my barn who is really bad about mane pulling, and his owner waits until the vet comes and then has him sedated so she can work on it.
Ironically, you can YANK on her mane and she doesn't give a hoot. I don't think she's actually in pain, I think she just doesn't like the feeling and is equating it to a fly being on her or something like that. I've seen horses that won't tolerate pulling (my Arab being one of them) due to sensitivity, and this is more like "Ugh, I hate this, leave me alone".

I'm also now limiting my pulling times to after she's been worked and it's helped a bit. First off, she has less spunk to fight me. And second, the pores are so open, the hair comes out like greased silk so it annoys her much less. Maybe I'll try hanging a feeder on the fence at nose height and see if munching her dinner while I do it makes her happier.

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