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HollyBubbles 04-28-2011 05:28 AM

I tried my hand at Pulling Mitch's mane.
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Ok, so this was my first ever attempt at mane pulling, it was a cold and windy day, so I lunged him to get him all warm and make it easier to pull his mane. I have only ever previously trimmed my horses mane, and I could have done this to Mitch because his mane is medium-thinish, but I decided oh what the heck, if I stuff it up it'll grow back anyway :lol: plus I decided I would rather it look more natural rather than a straight line of scissor chops.
(It is slightly longer than the photo's show it to be, still long enough to plait)

What do you guys think of my first attempt? I only did half of it I will do the rest tomorrow, my fingers got sore and it was just getting to cold to finish it. So that's why it suddenly changes length halfway up.
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The unpulled part
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The full length of his mane in real life (pulled part) is now about 3-4 inches. The only reason I pulled it was because its just that muddy around here now I figure it will be easier to maintain a shorter mane for the time being.. I prefer long manes but the mud is turning it into dreadlocks at the moment, so I wanted to keep on top of it.

Savvy Debonair 04-28-2011 06:53 AM

Omg i want Red's mane like this, >:( It looks really good in my opinion, i like shorter manes though, and the shorter the better :P.

PintoTess 04-28-2011 06:55 AM

Did he rub his lower mane? that is a bummer!

HollyBubbles 04-28-2011 07:03 AM


Originally Posted by PintoTess (Post 1015171)
Did he rub his lower mane? that is a bummer!

Nah it was just flat from being under his cover lol. Part of it wouldn't sit flat so it looks really short. I pulled till about half way up but my hands got cold and sore even though I had gloves on. So the longer part is coming off tomorrow, but I'm keeping his forelock long seeing as it grows slower than his mane.

HollyBubbles 04-28-2011 07:05 AM


Originally Posted by Savvy Debonair (Post 1015166)
Omg i want Red's mane like this, >:( It looks really good in my opinion, i like shorter manes though, and the shorter the better :P.

It's not hard to do, I just searched how to do it on youtube and thought stuff it I'm trying it, it'll grow back :lol:.
I love long manes but I figured if I didn't make it short now then I would end up having to chop it off thanks to mud and dreadlocks, so hopefully it'll be long in the summer again, when I got him his mane was as long as the pulled part, look at how much it's grown since december! to me thats a lot lol.

Gallop On 05-02-2011 09:48 PM

If you dont like pulling then shearing scissors also work, they leave the mane looking natural, unlike regular scissors which gore the hair and make it look way to straight and hideous (I have tried before... and it was sad...) Lol. You did a nice job though (: I REFUSE to cut or pull my horses mane... I am growing it out cause I like a nice l-o-n-g mane for some reason... And another reason I dont pull his mane is cause I know I probably would hack it up. Lol

skittlesfirehawk 05-02-2011 10:57 PM

looks good to me.If its cold couldnt you do it inside a barn?

Eolith 05-02-2011 11:49 PM

I have also cut the mane with scissors by first mimicking the back-combing you would do prior to pulling a section of mane and then trimming up that piece. It worked pretty darn well for me, though I don't have pictures. I prefer it for my mare because her mane is sort of thin to start with so I'd prefer to keep as much as I can up top.

HollyBubbles 05-03-2011 01:55 AM

I've decided I do like pulling, but the only reason I chose to shorten it in the first place is because right now we have a substantial amount of mud around and it puts manes and tails into unfixable dreadlocks :lol: That happened last winter too with bubbles so I figured I would shorten mitches mane before it turned into dreads.

-If I had a barn I would do it inside one but I keep my horses at my house and I don't have a barn/stables etc, just paddocks and trees and a calf shed.

-Eolith, that's not a bad idea I might try that next time. Mitch's mane isn't too thin, but it's not hugely thick either, so I could probably do it either way and still have it work.

--During the summer I am going to leave it long so he can have his defence against the flys, and because there doesn't tend to be mud around in summer... Funny that :lol:

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