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Would he look good with a roached mane?

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        03-06-2014, 08:24 PM
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    Weanling
    Would he look good with a roached mane?

    I'm debating if I want to roach my geldings mane at the end of the month. He likes to roll and he gets it all matted and tangled in mud and manure which ends up getting brushed out and leaves his mane thin and wispy. It is a beautiful ice white when clean but after a couple days it turns yellow again from rolling ect. If I roach it soon, once it warms up a bit, he will have all spring to grow it back if I end up not liking it. I would probably leave about an inch of length on his mane because I don't like the completely shaved down look. Do you think he could pull it off?






    ^please don't comment on saddle fit. It has been addressed already in another thread...this is an older photo, but I think he looks handsome in it :)


    This is what I deal with on a daily basis during the beginning and end of winter/spring lol
         
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        03-06-2014, 08:51 PM
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    Foal
    Oh man, he's too beautiful with a mane to roach it! Maybe pull it for easier maintenance?
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        03-06-2014, 08:58 PM
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    Green Broke
    Please leave your boy with his mane! It's a necessary part of him, (as is his need to roll) and its function is for his comfort, rather than our misinterpreted human desires :)
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        03-08-2014, 05:54 PM
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    Foal
    Keep the mane for sure!!
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        03-08-2014, 06:30 PM
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    Showing
    Just remember that if you do roach it, it will eventually grow back. I roached my gelding's mane because it was a matted, thick, gnarly mess (worse than your boy's, if you can imagine). That was last May. His mane is now about 4-6" long and sooooooo much easier to deal with. Roaching his mane was basically like punching the "reset" button. Now, if I could just do that for his tail...
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        03-08-2014, 08:57 PM
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    Foal
    I think he would look nice with a roached mane, sometimes I think it makes their neck look thicker, more muscular.
         
        03-09-2014, 07:37 PM
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    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    Just remember that if you do roach it, it will eventually grow back. I roached my gelding's mane because it was a matted, thick, gnarly mess (worse than your boy's, if you can imagine). That was last May. His mane is now about 4-6" long and sooooooo much easier to deal with. Roaching his mane was basically like punching the "reset" button. Now, if I could just do that for his tail...
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    Thats what I'm thinking. If I don't like it, it will eventually grow back. I'm really considering it...I hate looking at a dirty yellow/brown/green mane against his pearly white body.

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    Originally Posted by SaraM    
    I think he would look nice with a roached mane, sometimes I think it makes their neck look thicker, more muscular.
    Thanks! I LOVE the thick muscular looking neck too.
         
        03-09-2014, 08:54 PM
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    Green Broke
    I agree that if you don't like it, it'll always grow back. I roached my mare's when I first got her because they fed out of cattle bale feeders and half of her neck was down to bloody scab..Now it's abo ut 6" and I hate it LOL I'm going to wait two more months to see where it's at and if it isn't where I want it, I'll roach it again.

    I also disagree that a roached mane gives the appearance of a muscular neck. That is false, BUT it can be trimmed (shorter in some places and longer on others) to fill in/give the appearance of a more muscular neck. Alahna has a slight dip before her withers as well as a very flat topline to her neck. I usually leave the top part really short and kind of "fade" it down so that the top is short and the bottom is longer. This gives the appearance that she has a thicker neck than she does, masks the dip before her withers,and makes it look like herneck has a slight roundness to it along the top. I had to keep up with it weekly when I was worried about that though!

    I personally think Alahna prefers it roached in the summer as well. It keeps her neck from sweating so much and she doesn't have to deal with me playing with it trying to get knots/mud clumps out.
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        03-09-2014, 09:22 PM
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    Weanling
    He has a really good looking neck so I do think that he could pull off a roach! And like you said, you can always grow it back.

    If you want to "try before you buy", you can make a tight running braid in his mane, and keep it near the top of his neck, and see if you still like the look he has. It'll give you a bit more of an idea of how he'll look without his mane!
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        03-09-2014, 11:52 PM
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    Weanling
    I really like his neck too. I think I'm going to roach it some time next week! My friends qh mare got the bottom half of her mane rubbed off so she will be roaching her girls again, and my other barn friend wants to join in so it will be a roaching party lol. Both of their horses have had theirs roached and they looked adorable...hopefully my guy can pull it off just as well!
         

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