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?
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
^^ 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.
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
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!!!
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.
Not to say that you shouldn't ever cut them :lol:. Just mentioning an option.
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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.
Very interesting tidbit.
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