Shortening vs. Pulling
I use the term “pulling” as a blanket term. Sometimes we actually pull the hair out. Other times it just
needs to be shortened. If the mane or part of it is too thick, then pulling from the roots is best. If the
mane or part of it needs to be shortened, then there is still a trick to it.
You don’t want the mane blunt or falling in unnatural-looking clumps. So, scissors do not suit our
purposes. To shorten, I use a large clipper blade (Oster 84 AU) to comb, tease and cut the mane.
This tool, even if it needs to be sharpened, works far better than any other. The bottom of the mane
needs to be tapered to fall, band or braid well. I taper the last couple inches of the mane so it falls to
create a clean bottom line.
To shorten, grab a few pieces across a broad area, tease above the desired bottom of the mane and
push the large clipper blade toward the floor to cut the mane. It is very straight-forward. [From top turnout tips]
You could try just shortening it-not pulling, I have also heard of western pleasure people cutting it with scissors, but I'm not really a fan of the look.