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furbabymum 01-26-2012 10:17 AM

Question about manes- probably stupid
 
So, I'd like to just cut my horses main down really short as it's a horrible mess. I haven't done it yet because I can't help but wonder if it has some function in protecting him from the cold. Does it?

WSArabians 01-26-2012 11:31 AM

Not really, no. I'm a mane freak and like to keep mine as long as possible. I actually have to braid my guys mane tomorrow so it doesn't get all messed up.
Clipping I wouldn't do in the winter (aside from brodle paths), especially in the ears. Unless you are competing and have a heated barn.
Tails are good to keep clean and long in the summer for them, as it is good pest control.
You will be okay to cut it though.
Here is my guys lovely mane! :-D

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p...lius/Reed3.jpg

AndreaSctlnd 01-26-2012 11:37 AM

^^ Your horse is a beaut!! I also like long luxurious manes.

My friend used to have to shave her appy's mane as it never would grow out past a few inches and stuck straight up in the air. So I would think that if you are just trimming it, you should be okay.

WSArabians 01-26-2012 11:43 AM

Thanks Andrea! I'm rather proud of him. :-D
I've only had to roach one mane (it was like this guys, no longer thanks to a mouthy weanling) and I was mad as heck doing it! LOL

AndreaSctlnd 01-26-2012 11:56 AM

I feel so bad for Appy's...they imo have the worst manes and tales EVER! I think what made me fall in love with my Dee was that she had a nice RED mane and a that goofy expression! Of course you can't see it in my avatar of course!!!

Corporal 01-26-2012 11:58 AM

Every bit of a horse's coat, mane and tail serve some protective function. But stalls, blankets and shelters serve to protect them, too. If you cut the mane bc of burrs, or some other reason, it's just a bad haircut, and will grow back. =D
BTW, Native Americans put fringe on their garments (which Mountain Men, firstly copied) to mimic wild animals. Rain sheds away from the animal's coat, and sheds away from the garments and the wearer and that's how the mane helps the horse, too.

its lbs not miles 01-26-2012 01:14 PM

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Originally Posted by furbabymum (Post 1327102)
So, I'd like to just cut my horses main down really short as it's a horrible mess. I haven't done it yet because I can't help but wonder if it has some function in protecting him from the cold. Does it?

The mess can be brushed out IF you want to keep the main. Mine have thick mane, tail and feathers (from their Friesian sires). I use coconut oil. My filly came with a rats nest in her tail that was over 18" long and about 10" thick. Took me a hand full of the oil (it comes as a solid but will melt in your hand) and over 30 minutes to come it out, but I was glad I saved so much of her tail vs cutting it.

Not to say that you shouldn't ever cut them :lol:. Just mentioning an option.

Corporal 01-26-2012 01:22 PM

Corn oil works well, too, and it's cheaper. You can buy at Aldi for aobut $3.50/liter.

furbabymum 01-26-2012 04:21 PM

I do like his nice mane and tail and don't want to cut it but the prospect of detangling that rats mess is giving me a migraine. I might go about combing it out anyway, just wondered if cutting was a viable option. I need to trim his tail anyway. It's brushing the ground now so I probably should cut it up a couple inches.

furbabymum 01-26-2012 04:22 PM

Very interesting tidbit.

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Originally Posted by Corporal (Post 1327284)
Every bit of a horse's coat, mane and tail serve some protective function. But stalls, blankets and shelters serve to protect them, too. If you cut the mane bc of burrs, or some other reason, it's just a bad haircut, and will grow back. =D
BTW, Native Americans put fringe on their garments (which Mountain Men, firstly copied) to mimic wild animals. Rain sheds away from the animal's coat, and sheds away from the garments and the wearer and that's how the mane helps the horse, too.



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