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post #1 of 23 Old 04-12-2019, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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I have made a horrible mistake.

After 6 months of trying to grow out Chases mane (I know its crazy I've had him for 6 months!) I have made a mistake.

When I arrived yesterday and 8 inches of his beautiful blonde mane was ripped out I was about to cry, but boy did I make it worse. As soon as I cut the first strand I knew it was a mistake. The more I took off the worse it got. I am better off just roaching it at this point. At least then it will be even. I will add pictures later, just know it is AWFUL. I'm sorry Chase
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post #2 of 23 Old 04-12-2019, 08:29 AM
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There, there... :)

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post #3 of 23 Old 04-12-2019, 08:33 AM
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Holy Mane Batman! That's too much...

I would roach it.

I cut my horses forelock one time... looked like I put a bowl over his head and cut it. Looked SOOOO bad, all the other horses made fun of him. I felt really bad every time I tried to make it look better it kept getting worse. I had to walk away and leave it, it grew out so no harm except my horse looking goofy for a while and being a laughing stock.
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It just kept getting worse, and worse, and worse. I told myself not to do it. I KNEW something like this was gonna happen but I didn’t listen did I.
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post #5 of 23 Old 04-12-2019, 09:25 AM
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If you haven't roached it yet, and don't want to, you have enough to braid it and leave it to grow out. If you like the way a roached mane looks, then there's no reason not to do it. It's up to you.

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post #6 of 23 Old 04-12-2019, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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If you haven't roached it yet, and don't want to, you have enough to braid it and leave it to grow out. If you like the way a roached mane looks, then there's no reason not to do it. It's up to you.
I think I'm going to have a professional horse groomer thats in our area come on Saturday and cut it all even. I like roached manes its just the stages of it growing back when it looks like a Mohawk is what annoys me lol
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post #7 of 23 Old 04-12-2019, 09:38 AM
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Haha, all you can do is laugh. It is pretty bad BUT- it will grow back, promise!! Here's a video on how to scissor cut a mane that might help you clean it up

My horses live outside in New England winter, so they often have neck covers on, which rubs out big chunks of mane. After the winter, I generally have to cut it back pretty far in an attempt to even out what's left with the rubbed out stubble. I don't quite roach it, but I have to cut it back really short, which is sad when you have Morgans that typically have lush, thick manes. If you're using scissors (which I do), you're going to need to hold them at an angle and sort of cut up into the mane to try to make it look a little more natural. The hardest thing for me to grasp was that although the mane looks like it's a uniform length along their neck, remember their neck has a curve/arch to it and you can't just cut straight across as the neck isn't a flat board.

Here's an example- Isabel could have a really long, thick mane


But scissoring it leaves it more like this, which is definitely not pretty, but manageable. And, all summer, it grows longer!


Here's my other one-when I have to bring hers up short (not technically roached, just really short) it stands up sort of spiky for awhile until it's long enough to lay down on her neck again. Fresh cut last summer:


Recent (and looking scraggly after a long winter):



It WILL grow back, don't fret about it. Watch that video and then work on evening it out, and it will look much better.
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I think I'm going to have a professional horse groomer thats in our area come on Saturday and cut it all even. I like roached manes its just the stages of it growing back when it looks like a Mohawk is what annoys me lol
A carefully crafted Mohawk is a thing of beauty!

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I had a friend cut the mane on a horse. It made the horse look like she got a bowl cut. She asked me to fix it for her. It was already really even, but it needed some layering to make it look more natural. I took little sections and cut up into them to thin the ends out so that they didn't all end in a blunt cut, and looked more like a pulled mane. She looked pretty good afterward.

It looks like there's enough hair there that you could pull the mane and it would look fine.
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post #10 of 23 Old 04-12-2019, 11:00 AM
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If you roach (hog) it you'll have a mane that grows upright like a toothbrush for ages if you then grow it out.
Really the shortest bit isn't that short so get someone who's a safe pair of hands around scissors to trim it all to the shortest length.
You can then pull it to thin it if/where needed or get a solo comb to thin it

Just winging it is not a plan
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