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What would be the best way to shorten my geldings mane without it getting that straight cut look? I don't think I should pull it, because its pretty thin and it would be hard to braid if it was any thinner.
I have the same problem with my moms gelding. I cut it straight, then turn the scissors vertically and messy up the edges to make it look for natural. Works like a charm.
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These are what I use: Sharp knife (be careful not to cut you or your horse) -- This takes a bit of practice but once you've got a feel for it you can do a very nice natural looking trim. Take a little chunk of mane by the end and 'scrape' downward from part way between the length you want to the end you are holding. Keep repeating. Doing it this way cuts the hair at an angle and gradually shortens individual hairs and doesn't leave the blunt cut look.
My sister uses electric clippers to trim manes. First she flips the mane over from the lay side to the other side of the neck. Then she turns the clippers upside down and moves in and out of the mane in quick strokes. After she's finished, she flips the mane back to its normal position. I think this method may work better for thicker manes.
I use thinning scissors from the dollar store and slide my fingers down a piece at a time and trim once than slide the scissors up and down in the space of a inch cutting until all the strands are cut. And repeat until the mane is done. It cuts the strands at different lengths making it not blunt but it looks nice and neat. At least this is how I cut 10 inches off my mare's mane (it is extremely thin and looks awfully when long).
Try using the Solo Comb. I use that! I've never pulled my horse's mane, this is the alternative. It is a great way to trim/even up the mane without taking scissors to it. You do a backcomb and snip with the button, it slices the mane easily.
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