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Lucara 01-09-2009 01:50 PM

Roaching manes
I saw a picture of a draft with a roached mane and oddly enough, I actually kind of liked the way it looks. Is there any heath problems that you can get from roaching a horses mane? Also, why do they roach them or is just for looks?

StormyBlues 01-09-2009 05:06 PM

nope, no health problems. you roach the mane for EQ and just cause you want to. sometimes it is done to get out of braiding the mane!:D

Jubilee Rose 01-09-2009 06:30 PM

Definitely no health problems. Some people like the look, some have a rubbed or uneven mane that they want to grow back evenly.

I did it on Jubilee last year because when I first bought her, she had burrs in her mane and her previous owner decided to chop pieces of it out. :evil: Anyway, here's what it looked like before and after (sorry the pics are ginormous):

before (awful):

after (much neater):

I'm personally not a fan of the roached look and prefer long manes or shorter, straight cuts. But that is just my personal preference. I think it can look very nice on some horses.

Lucara 01-09-2009 10:43 PM

I have to admit, the straight cut manes and tails drive me nuts. I just dont think they look right o.O. I suppose I should get used to them if I ever intend on showing but..meh =/.

Nice pictures though! Thank you for sharing =D

2 Bay Geldings 01-09-2009 11:18 PM

I normally roach my TB's mane because it is a pain to pull - it is super thick and he hates it being pulled, plus it grows back so so quickly. I also like the roached mane look on him.

minihorse927 01-10-2009 03:03 AM

some breeds roach for certain types of shows and sometimes just because they do not want to mess with the mane. It actually tends to make a thin necked horse look better. It makes their neck look bigger

welshy 01-10-2009 08:43 AM

i don't really like roached manes but yeh i think some types of showing the mane has to be roached and it means you don't have to do anything with the mane.

fortunately i have Welsh ponies and palominos so no roached manes required because the manes and tails have to be left natural in showing.

Spyder 01-10-2009 09:32 AM

I roached one of my horses.

Moxie 01-10-2009 09:58 AM


Originally Posted by Spyder (Post 226759)
I roached one of my horses.

Awesome how did it turn out? Was it for a particular reason, or did you just want to see how it looked?

I like the longer roached mane, like the style on the second TB. They remind me of Trojan war horses for some reason. haha

I dont know if I would ever roach a mane, unless I had to, kind of like how JR did. I am more partial to the longer, flowing manes vs the short roached/pulled manes.

somersetfarms 01-10-2009 10:32 AM

I have roached my Arab gelding's mane a few times, mostly because he rubs it so much during the summer. I think he looks good with a roached mane.
Some breeds, like App's and Mules, will roach manes because there isn't much there to begin with and it gives a cleaner look.
Others, like the Fjord's show the color of the mane when it's roached.

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