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horse lover 114 07-12-2011 05:55 PM

Mane care
 
i have a question....which is better clipping a horses mane or pulling their mane? people say that pulling a horses mane hurts them.

Travellersmom88 07-12-2011 09:24 PM

Pulling the mane doesnt hurt them at all :)
I just let my mares mane grow naturally.
It depends on the type of riding you are doing.
Dressage usually likes the clean cut, or special braiding styles.
westerns are usually naturally grown to be long.

myhorsesonador 07-12-2011 09:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Travellersmom88 (Post 1094698)
Pulling the mane doesnt hurt them at all :)
I just let my mares mane grow naturally.
It depends on the type of riding you are doing.
Dressage usually likes the clean cut, or special braiding styles.
westerns are usually naturally grown to be long.


They do feel it. I'm not saying it's cruel don't do it, but they do feel pain when pulling. People used to say that they don't have nerve endings in there mane, also not true.

Travellersmom88 07-12-2011 09:30 PM

Im sure they can feel the pressure but if it did hurt them, pretty sure the horse would let you know lol

myhorsesonador 07-12-2011 09:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Travellersmom88 (Post 1094707)
Im sure they can feel the pressure but if it did hurt them, pretty sure the horse would let you know lol

I know plenty that have. I had to twitch quite a few when I was working in a hunter/jumper barn.

horse lover 114 07-12-2011 09:33 PM

oh ok well my friends are like oh pulling their manes hurt and its cruel i only clip... but when my mom was young see pulled her horses manes and they were fine.. and yes im sure horses will tell you if it hurts them really bad

Travellersmom88 07-12-2011 09:38 PM

Nother botherd any of the horses ive done. I guess some just might be more sensitive than others.

horse lover 114 07-12-2011 09:41 PM

ya i agree with you!

ridergirl23 07-12-2011 09:44 PM

I have only ever seen one horse act uncomfortable when te mane is being pulled, I'm guessing some are more sensitive than others. I roach my horses mane, lol, but I would just trim it with scissors if she had a mane, its easiest and quickest for me.

ScharmLily 07-12-2011 09:55 PM

Most of the horses that I have seen have been bothered by pulling. Some so much as to require being tranqualized...

I'm not saying that it is terrible for every horse, but I much prefer to use thinning shears or old clipper blades coupled with scissoring vertically.


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