I needed some tips on mane pulling. Ive never done it before and im scared that im going to hurt the horse >.< And to top it all off i have no idea what to do!!!!
This is a direct artical out of pratical horseman on mane pulling hope it helps!
How do I pull my horses mane, and how short do I pull it?
How you pull your horse's mane depends on weather or not you plan to braid it. Your methods and mesuremnets need to be more presise if you hope to make neat, consistenly sized braids. The mane must be an even length and thickness from the poll to the withers (naturally, manes are thickest in the middle) and short, broken hairs- that will stick up out of the briads unattractivly- need to be kept at a minimum.
Different braiders have differnet length and thickness prefrencies; the more braiding you do the better idea you'll get for what works for you. I like to work with thinner manes with about the length of the width of my hand when I press it down on the neck (four to five inches- some peaople prefer 6 inches) For the few horses who have extremly thick manes- which usually menas they have thick creats too- leave the mane slightly longer. ( the wide crests takes up some of the mane length, making your briads shorter.) A final tip- Always pull the mane from the side you plan to braid it. That way the shorter hairs will end up underneath, rather on top, of the mane, making it easier to createtidy braids.
If you know your horse stands tied quietly and doesn't mind mane pulling, crosstie him. Otherwise ask a helper to hold him.
Here's the pulling method that works best for me:(I recomend doing this right after working your horse)
For a mane you don't plan to braid, choose the length and thickness that you think looks most attractive on your horse(4-5 inches is a fairly standered length for most disaplines- although, the A-Circute looks for jumpers is 10-12 inches long, bluntly cut, not pulled.) If your horse is extremly sensitive, use the scissors method described above rather than pulling, to spare him the discomfort.
Whatever your purpose for pulling mane, treast it like you do with your own hair cut, repeating every 6-8 weeks to keep it a managable lengths. Try to pull the entire mane in one session so you can get it over with quickly. Horses tend less tolerant of pulling if you do a little bit, every day, for days on end. Don't worry if you overdue the amne pulling. Just like a too- short hair cut, it always grow back!
great thanks for the info
ill show you on someone charli :)
ok thanks ; )
I was once told by a trainer that it doesn't really hurt most horses since pasture mates tend to roughly groom each other along the withers and neckline. So, don't get to paranoid about hurting your equine. ;)
I was struggling to pull this year due to bad hands and wrists, so I bought a solo comb and I LOVE it. I went through all the usual 'pulling' instructions, but instead of pulling the hair, you actually cut it with the Solo Comb.
Turned Mr G from this
I record time, and with no fighting or problems at all, I'm sold on it :D
wow great ill look into one. Do you know how much it is?
@stoddard phew thats good
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