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    12-04-2010, 08:46 PM
Originally Posted by xXEventerXx    
i always use scissors at first when the mane is long then I pull it after way easier. IMO

I can't see why you can't use scissors
Right but she wouldn't want to pull and make the mane even thinner so just running a thinning scissors along the bottom will give it the pulled look without thinning the mane more.
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    12-06-2010, 08:45 PM
Originally Posted by WickedNag    
What you don't want is a straight line at the bottom of the mane. So if you scissor it will be be well uhm straight :) If you use a thinning scissors at the bottom instead it should have a more natural growth look. Hope that makes sense to you
I see. I actually like the straight look. Also, my boys mane is so thick that it poofs so I just roach it because I will not pull a horses mane. I used to but I've noticed it makes most horses bleed.
    12-07-2010, 02:31 AM
If its already thin don't pull.. trim but don't pull.. same effect but when you pull your pulling whole strands out..making a thin mane thinner.
Use thinning shears at the end to create the length without a goofy straight blunt edge. If you don't have thinning shears you could always do the pulling action..isolate the long hairs and trim just those. Or cut at a more vertical angle as opposed to horizontally across.
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    12-07-2010, 09:46 AM
Originally Posted by kpptt2001    
I try to always go by the rule of 'no scissors' but I must admit, I recently had to pull them out from their dusty cover to do my guy. If you absoutly have to use scissors, make sure that you cut in an upward diagonal position and alternate each cut from left to right, only taking off a very little bit per session. Spread it out and do a little bit on the whole mane one day. Give it a couple days in between to settle and 'study' it, so to speak. Then continue to do a little bit more every few days until you have it at your desired length. It's too easy to go overboard all in one day, that why I say to do it gradually. Once you have it cut to the length you like, you can then pull a few stands from here or there if need be to make it look more natural. Hope this helps! Good luck!
I am going to go back on my original suggestion and offer that "breaking" the mane would be a much more suitable way to do it. There are a couple different ways to do it. The first would be to take a small section of mane and comb back as usual, then wrap the selected ends around the mane comb once or twice depending on the length and give a quick tug. If done properly, it should only take off about an 1" (or more based on how much you wrap around the comb). The other way to do it is described in the photo I have attached below. This works really well for shortening without thinning while leaving it looking natural at the same time. This takes a bit of practice, but is very effective if done properly.
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    12-07-2010, 10:25 PM
Thank you all for the replies. They have definitely helped and I have learned a lot! Lol

Thanks again!
    12-16-2010, 12:01 PM
People say using a scissors makes the mane thick so if that is what you want then use a scissors XD
    12-23-2010, 12:19 AM
Sarahandlola is right-at least in my experience. If you trim it regularly and keep it nice and healthy, it grows longer and thicker. You may also want to try a product that helps hair growth like this: Espana Silk it helps hair growth SO much. My mare used to have a thin mane and now it's nice and thick.
    12-28-2010, 10:50 PM
If you board your horse then get your trainer or the barn owner or a responsible horse person that you like and respect then ask them to pull it and they can teach you how because a horse with a bad mane is not good at a show , if you show hope this helps

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