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post #11 of 16 Old 02-26-2014, 10:29 PM
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I don't brush a mane but pick it with my fingers. This gets the horse used to having it's mane touched without it being pulled.
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post #12 of 16 Old 02-26-2014, 10:31 PM
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One thing that hasn't been mentioned is perhaps she's suffering a little bit of neck pain and pulling on the mane pulled on the sore muscles.

A quick and easy way to rule that out is to sort of pinch the top of her neck on both sides, about an inch down from her mane. Not hard enough to hurt her, but enough to get a reaction if it is those muscles that are sore.

If that's not the case, then I'd agree that she's probably just a bit more sensitive than other horses. I've got a horse that will get twitchy if you bring out a soft body brush. Brush him with it and he acts like you're brushing with a porcupine LOL. Tried to brush his mane once with a human paddle brush (the same kind I use on my own hair because it gets the knots out with minimal pulling), he acted like I was killing him. Thankfully he's one of those horses that doesn't get knots.
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post #13 of 16 Old 02-26-2014, 11:03 PM
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I agree with smrobs - I wonder if perhaps her neck is sore or tight in a way that makes her mane being pulled on uncomfortable.

I know my mare has a really tight neck and, while she'd always "tolerate" me messing with her mane, since she started getting regular massages -and the loosening of her neck that came with it- she's been a lot more "whatever" about her mane.

If I remember correctly, your girl is an Arab cross? My theory is that having a tight neck is a pretty typical Arab "thing" - due to how many of them bomb around with their necks all up in the air.
At least, my mare with a tight neck is an Arab and another horse I worked with that had a super tight neck was an Arab cross.
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She is 1/2 Arab but she has a Breton draft neck .... although she does like to lift it up at lot (hello? what is that over there? a cougar? I'm pretty sure it's a cougar.)

I'm having a horse chiro out in a couple weeks when she's in my area again to see if the horse has any issues. None showed up in the vet check and she doesn't give any indication that she's sore, but I figured it was better to be safe than sorry. Who doesn't love a massage, right?
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post #15 of 16 Old 02-27-2014, 05:20 PM
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Everyone has given some great insight...and I agree with she just may be more sensitive. I've owned horses that HATED having their manes pulled to thin them out, and others that don't I don't bother pulling them anymore, I thin them in other ways.
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post #16 of 16 Old 02-27-2014, 05:27 PM
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My mare HATES her mane messed with. she tolerates it but barely. I will do a running braid and maintenance braids to help it grow. THE moment I separate the mane to braid there is suddenly a fly, or she has an itch, or something really interesting is happening that way *insert her head hitting mine here*. She knows better but that dose not stop her from protesting XD.
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