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Britt 05-13-2010 12:02 AM

I can’t believe I did it...
 
I’ve done the unthinkable. When my Dakota was born four years ago, I swore to myself that I’d never cut his mane and tail except for trimming and keeping his bridle-path cut.

Well, forget that. My friend was over earlier and managed to convince me to hog my boy’s mane since we know that Gypsie looks good with any length of mane, but Dakota’s always had a long mane.

So, I did it. I used scissors to cut it as short as I could, but then none of my four sets of clippers would work (they’re old), so I had to use the scissors to even it up as much as I could.

Afterwards, I borrowed my friends clippers and finished the job (this was also Dakota’s first time ever having clippers used on him... he stood perfectly and left me finish his mane, clip his whiskers, clip the long hair on his lower legs, and clip his ears).

Anyways, yeah... I broke my promise to myself...

But... I like it!!! Dakota looks -huge- with a hogged mane... it makes his neck look longer (not that it’s short, lol), and for some reason he looks taller and very much like his grandsire now (except his grandsire is black... and taller... and has a mane...).

Anyway, picture-time!

Before (with his beautiful long mane...)
http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/a...tMC/pic002.jpg

During (as you can see, his mane still looks kinda choppy...)
http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/af64/BrittMC/dur.jpg
http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/a...ittMC/dur1.jpg
http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/a...ittMC/dur2.jpg

Done (and now he has no mane...)
http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/af64/BrittMC/don.jpg
http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/a...ittMC/don1.jpg
http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/a...ittMC/don2.jpg
http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/a...ittMC/don3.jpg

Hair (the mane that got cut off... I’m keeping some of it and the rest is going to my grandfather, who makes stuff like tomahawks and other ‘Indian’ weapons and wants to use the hair for decorations)
http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/a...ittMC/don4.jpg

And one of Gypsie (to show off her dapples, lol...)
http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/a...ittMC/don5.jpg

hillarymorganstovall 05-13-2010 12:21 AM

OMG.... cool!

Wallaby 05-13-2010 12:42 AM

He looks really good with it roached! He definitely has the neck for it. :D

horsegirlmaddy 05-13-2010 01:18 PM

IMO he actually looks better with it roached! I usually like a horse with a mane, but he looks so good!

Britt 05-13-2010 02:28 PM

Thanks guys! I'm about to go do some more touch-up work on him... lol.

Guppersmama 05-13-2010 10:47 PM

Oh... I love it!

trIplEcrOwngIrl 05-13-2010 11:20 PM

I don't normally like bays with roached manes, but he looks REALLY good!! Wow! And it does make his neck look longer, very nice!

mom2pride 05-13-2010 11:34 PM

He looks pretty spiffy! :D

horseanimal11 05-20-2010 05:14 PM

Ooh... he looks NICE! Good job!

twogeldings 05-20-2010 06:31 PM

He looks awesome in roached! :D Some horses look plain silly with them...I especially like how you left his forelock :)


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