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post #1 of 7 Old 09-21-2014, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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tips on mane care

My Clyde tb mare has quite a full mane that I haven't touched since I got her 6 months ago, and it's getting a little long. It doesn't lay on either side just kind of flaps along and is actually quite lovely, but it's looking a little long to me. I've never trimmed a horses mane and am really nervous to start snipping. What advice would you give so I can keep the fullness but shorten it up a bit without making it look like too unnatural?
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-21-2014, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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This is her :) I had brushed it to the right so that's pretty much her full mane. I don't want to touch her forelock though, I love the long look of it :)
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It's not that long, I'd keep it if I were you. Just keep up with it and treat it like you would long hair on a human. Start brushing at the bottom, then work your way to the top. Once all the tangles are out brush from the base to move the natural oils through the hair, which will keep it healthy and protect the hair. You can also keep it in braids which will make its maintenance much easier, but then you will be taking the natural protection from flies that the mane provides away from the horse. I personally leave my horse's mane long and loose, but she doesn't have a clydesdale thick mane!

The best way to shorten it would be to pull the mane. That would prevent it from looking choppy.
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If you don't like long manes - I personally don't like them on any and every breed - then you need to either pull it or try thinning it with a Solo Comb
If you just scissor off a thick mane its going to look awful
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For my mare i do Half braids. I make sevral small 3 strand brainds and stop halfway down. They dont pull as easily, they are easy to maintain and it protects the length you want it at. Here is what it looks like.
(excuse her grumppy look. She was stuck in a wet stall for over a week from the flooding we had).
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-24-2014, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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I ended up buying a solo comb and plan on taking off a couple inches just to tidy it up. I'm pretty excited to try it!

But... now... What about the tail? I've left it too and, like her mane, it is quite full, but straggly at the bottom... I read that the tail should be cut so that the bottom looks straight when they are being ridden, so it should be lifted up somehow, then cut, not just cut straight across while the tail hangs down. Is this true? I'd be doing it without help, what would be the right way to do this?
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I always cut straight across at the fetlock. It's easier and basically the same. It really doesn't make a big difference.

There is no right or wrong!! Do what you want!! Unless you're showing but I still think you should do what you want lol, and different trends are discipline specific.

If you want the banged (cut straight across) look just pull it down to her fetlocks and cut straight across the bottom of the joint.

It will look somewhat like the above (I think it's a weird pic haha but couldn't find better, it was obviously fluffed out).

If you want it shorter do it shorter.

We had a lovely hunter type pony mare and did it to her chestnuts in the "traditional" way and she looked pretty fancy :) Definitely not for every horse (esp a draft X unless you want her to look like a plow horse haha)
Maybe a little shorter than this.

Remember, do what you want. You don't have to cut it if you don't want to or if you want to you could cut it all (just give her fly protection!) Hey, you could even cut half and leave the rest! (please don't do that! haha)
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