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post #1 of 10 Old 01-02-2010, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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trimming manes and tails.

My mare's mane, tail, and coat were terribly sunbleached when I got her. She's a black and white arab/paint, but she looked almost like she had red hair. Her coat changed within three months of owning her, and she has got healthier, high quality furriness with no red tinges. My problem is, as her mane is growing out, the ends seem dry and still have that horrible reddish hue from this summer. I have never cut her hair, but I have seen some butchered manes and am scared to attempt this on my own. I don't want to cut her mane straight across and have her look like moe from the 3 stooges. Does anyone have some tips for cutting the ends with a more natural look? I was thinking of just using a comb and cutting into the mane with the scissors almost vertical, just like my hairdresser does my bangs, haha. I know it is more acceptable to "bang" the tail straight across, and for some reason it looks better on the tail than the mane to me.
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-02-2010, 11:13 AM
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i would bang her tail or just cut it straight across. i personally like to just cut it straight across as far down as possible, i love long tails ! unless they are dragging on the ground, then i cut at the fetlocks.

im not sure how short you want the mane to be, but if you want it at about 4in for showing or whatnot i like to flip if over to the wrong side & shorten it with my clippers then flip it back to even it up a bit, & then pull it. im not sure if thats what you want to do or if you just wanted to trim where its red ??

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post #3 of 10 Old 01-02-2010, 11:49 AM
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I tried trimming Lacey's mane (with scissors) and what seemed to work the best was letting her mane be REALLY tangled, then cutting and brushing it. There were still longer and shorter bits to make it look more natural yet I got off the nasty parts. However, I was dumb and kept trimming it after I combed it because I'm kinda a perfectionist about making things even and so now it looks silly. But before I did that it looked pretty good! haha

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post #4 of 10 Old 01-02-2010, 12:19 PM
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yes cutting with the scissors vertically will "feather" the ends and make it look like it naturally grew that way. but only use about 1inch at the most of the end of your scissors or you will take out big chunks!

we dont bang tails since we dont show, but i do do some of them. like my mare. i dont do it high up, because i like long tails. but i take the tail and bunch it together in my hand and slide my hand down it. i look at the ratty ends of it and go up to where the hair still looks nice and is a little thicker (usually its about 3 or 4 inches up on my mares tail) and cut it there.

i like sunbleached hair though lol. especailly on blacks, it gives the hair a burgundy color.

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yes, it does look burgundy. but the scraggly bits have got to go!
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post #6 of 10 Old 01-02-2010, 07:44 PM
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i layer my tails. you know a little here a little there then i tip off the end =] . as for their forelocks, i tip them (straight across at the end) and my manes i make even, well gingers anyway. lunas mane is like a mustangs. its long and all over so i trim the ends where ever they are lol. i trim once a month
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post #7 of 10 Old 01-03-2010, 04:40 AM
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For the mane I definitely recommend cutting straight up into the hair. It takes patience at times but it gives the best result. It may still not look as natural as you'd like when you first do it, but give it a few days and it will get sorted out and look natural and beautiful again. =)

For the tail, banging it is always good because it makes it look thicker and overall tidier. Layering makes it appear thinner, so I'd only layer a crazy-thick tail to make it easier to brush and maybe look more normal..
For the best result banging a tail, grab the tail at the top making sure to get all of the hair in your hand, slide your hand down as straight as possible, get a tight grip on it at the bottom (leaving a few inches more than the amount that you want to cut), bring it up to where you can see it and cut it, then cut it as straight as possible. Sometimes it helps to use clippers but usually I'm too lazy to bring them out for that and scissors work out fine for me so far.

Good luck!

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post #8 of 10 Old 01-03-2010, 10:16 AM
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For the mane, I do what others have mentioned, cutting with the scissors vertically to give it a more layered not-cut-straight-across look. Or I'll use thinning shears and cut like I would with regular scissors but since they don't chop off clean like regular scissors do, you get the same result. I pull a little just to thin out the mane underneath, but I like just cutting better - easier and faster for me and Sandie doesn't mind it as much!

Here's kind of a glimpse of what it looks like when I'm done...

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post #9 of 10 Old 01-04-2010, 04:30 PM
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i do a lot of showing on my pony so we pull the manes about 3-4 inches long but we cut the tails striaght across to get a rly 'neat and tidy' look. i also pull the tops of his tale, around the dock, to make it look neater and make his bum look more buff :P. i like the tails cut so when the trot round, coz sum horses hold their tails up, the tail falls bout halfway between the hock and fetlock.
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post #10 of 10 Old 01-05-2010, 06:57 PM
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For the tail, good advice was given. I would bang straight across no higher than where the fetlocks are, as for the mane, I would pull it. The mane is supposed to be thinned every few weeks to remain in good braiding showing condition. By cutting it, you are not thinning as it should be and because of it, it will stick straight up, not to mention it looks terrible.

Pulling a mane really sucks and it takes a long time to do, but it looks so much nicer when its done.
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