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    03-15-2011, 07:53 PM
Too cut or not to cut...

I have been thinking about pulling/cutting my horses mane. But really can't decide if I should. I want to not only for when the weather is nicer but if I decide to show again and also to get her looking more TB instead of QH. I really don't like pulling mane I think it would'nt feel too good. So I would prefer to cut there any tips you could give me on what has worked for y'all...
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    03-15-2011, 07:59 PM
Personally I detest cut manes with passion, so I would NEVER cut a mane.

Pulling, I think it makes a far nicer looking job, but I'm not sure how much it hurts the horse.

I've just given in and ordered a solo comb Solo Groom - Humane grooming for horses & pets., I hope it gets here soon then I can tidy G Man up before the next show.
    03-15-2011, 08:41 PM
Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
Personally I detest cut manes with passion, so I would NEVER cut a mane.

Pulling, I think it makes a far nicer looking job, but I'm not sure how much it hurts the horse.

I've just given in and ordered a solo comb Solo Groom - Humane grooming for horses & pets., I hope it gets here soon then I can tidy G Man up before the next show.
i'd love to hear how this works out for you. My TB gelding could care less if you pull his mane but he just has so freaking much of it that it takes forever and I end up just leaving it long. He has, however, become grooming buddies over the fence with another horse and now they're both missing parts of their manes right before the wither. So here's my gelding with a 12"+ mane and then this approx. 4-6" section that's only 2-3" long. Argh.
    03-15-2011, 08:47 PM
Green Broke
Horses don't actually have any nerve endings at the roots of their hair, so it does not hurt them to have it pulled ;) Personally I prefer really long manes, but short can look good too
    03-15-2011, 09:04 PM
I don't think cutting a mane is all that great, but from what I read with mane pulling I don't think it's all that great, either. Horses have a very high pain tolerence, especially when compared to humans. But plucking hair can be painful and irritating to a horse. They do not have nerve endings in the hairs in their mane themself, but they can still feel things with their neck. So it's sort of like a mosquitoe bite. It'll be a little bit painful and rediculously annoying, but other than that it's alright. (And sometimes can be a bit itchy.)

I just think manes that are cut are plain ugly, but it's not as much pain to the horse. But I suppose something like plucking hairs to make a horse look better is alot better than the people who cut neck muscles and tail muscles so the horse will carry it's head lower and doesn't move it's tail. So out of everything people do to horses for appearances, I think pulling a mane is just fine. But just try not to annoy the horse too much. Do a little bit at once.

Also if you used a dematting comb that could be efficent in thinning the mane a bit. As for shaping you could use some hairstyler's techniques and cut the horse's mane to make it look less like it's cut. (Take the scissors and point the blades downwards as you cut and that might make it look better. I cut my hair that way and it doesn't look as much like a straight cut.) But it's really on the preference of the rider. I'm not a show person myself. But if I were a judge I don't think I'd give points to a horse with a mane that is cut straight. It's just not natural.
    03-15-2011, 09:12 PM
What? People cut neck muscles. Never heard that one before
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    03-15-2011, 09:19 PM
There is a way you can cut it so it looks pulled. I can't find the youtube video at the moment.

You just cut it straight across to a little longer than the length you would want, then put your scissors vertical, then cut it like that.. up and down. It makes it look more choppy, beauticians do it to human hair all the time.
    03-15-2011, 09:33 PM
Whats nice with my horse is her hair grows fast so if I don't like it short it shouldnt take too long to get long again
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    03-15-2011, 10:28 PM
When my Dad was showing horses all the time, he refused to pull a mane. He would use a thinning comb (similar to what Golden posted, only older and less advanced) to thin and shorten their mane. It looked better, was easier, faster, and less frustrating to the horses.
    03-15-2011, 10:53 PM
I have heard that you can razor it down with an old clipper blade, but I have never tried it. I may tomorrow and let you know what happens :)

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