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  • I'm really bad at pulling manes
  • Horse cringes when being groomed

 
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    01-18-2011, 07:17 PM
  #1
Weanling
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Okay, so I know how to pull a mane/have done it many times with past/present horses. My horse Mouse, used to not care bout getting his mane pulled, but now he is absolutely terrible. Especially by his head. Its so bad that when I even touch the end of the mane, and start to comb it up-he yanks his head up and twists. Another way he reacts is turn his head all the way around(In cross-ties) and nibbling on whatever he can get his mouth on which makes it nearly impossible to efficiently pull the mane, or he knocks me off the stool(in a non-aggressive way. It's hard to describe but I think you will get the picture

Other than mildly sedating him, do you guys know any techniques to get him back to where he was relaxed and "enjoyed" (to say the least) me pulling his mane.

In addition to this, he is obnoxious when I braid him too, not as bad as pulling his mane but he turns his head to nibble the cross tie somehow that is attached to his cheek-weird horse- or will even pants me! Once I get the first 5 or so braids he gets better but I want to improve his behaviors while standing in the cross ties.
How do I correct him being mouthy, "jiggy", etc while I'm dealing with him? Some days he is fine, others he is just ADHD and finds silly ways to amuse himself.
     
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    01-18-2011, 07:24 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Put a pair of rubber gloves on, smother the roots of the hair in oil of cloves, wait 10 mins and then just pull the mane. They will eventually realise it doesnt hurt!
     
    01-18-2011, 07:27 PM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by faye    
put a pair of rubber gloves on, smother the roots of the hair in oil of cloves, wait 10 mins and then just pull the mane. They will eventually realise it doesnt hurt!
I've never heard that before!! And is it just some of this stuff?
Clove Oil, 1 fl oz, (30 ml)

I've never even heard of the stuff before!
     
    01-18-2011, 07:29 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Yep, same stuff. Often used for tooth ache.
Wear rubber gloves or surgical gloves as it will completely numb your fingers!
     
    01-18-2011, 07:31 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by faye    
yep, same stuff. Often used for tooth ache.
Wear rubber gloves or surgical gloves as it will completely numb your fingers!
Thanks, I'll try it out! I'm not sure if my horse is truly sensitive to getting his mane pulled or he is just misbehaving since I tried just pulling his mane with my hands and he didn't care, I guess this will be the "test" since it really shouldn't bother him!
     
    01-19-2011, 09:09 AM
  #6
Weanling
Never heard of that one. That's a GREAT idea! I know so many people that resort to twitching, holding the horse down, etc. just to pull the mane. Seems pretty cruel to me, as they are mostly just acting out due to pain. Now if I ever want to pull my horses' manes, I will definitely use this idea :)
     
    01-19-2011, 06:33 PM
  #7
Foal
I love the way Lynn Palm shows you how to pul a mane. It makes a lot of sense.

     
    01-19-2011, 06:36 PM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by faye    
put a pair of rubber gloves on, smother the roots of the hair in oil of cloves, wait 10 mins and then just pull the mane. They will eventually realise it doesnt hurt!
You might have to be careful with this method because I have had a horse who's skin is really sensitive react to it.
     
    01-19-2011, 06:49 PM
  #9
Weanling
Wow! That was a brilliant video! My mom talked about pulling when I clipped Ginger's mane down (I thought it was a good idea >_< looks TERRIBLE!), but I didn't like her method of just yanking the hair. It made me cringe! That looks a lot more enjoyable.
     
    01-20-2011, 03:21 AM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Horsel02    
You might have to be careful with this method because I have had a horse who's skin is really sensitive react to it.
I've never yet (in the last 20 years) had a horse react badly to it and I have had some extremely sensitive horses.

I've had one who reacted to silicone in shampoo and thus we can't use any silicone based products on him.
I've had stan who was very much a case of "what are we reacting to this week?"
I myself have sensitive skin and have an allergy to certain chemicals used in shampoos

Oil of cloves is as safe as they come. Obviously nothing is 100% safe but I wouldnt expect that horse would react badly to it
     

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