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post #1 of 15 Old 09-03-2011, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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What is "pulling the mane"?

i see alot about pulling your horses mane. does this mean you pull the hair out of their neck? i hope not...

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post #2 of 15 Old 09-03-2011, 12:28 AM
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It does, but really they don't feel it like you would ripping out a chunk of your hair. It's done to thin out and shorten the mane, making it easier to braid for hunters and such, or just to look pretty. Horses obviously feel the pulling and some are more sensitive to it than others, pulling after a workout when the pores are open makes for easier more-pain free pulling. But there are also pain-free methods like the Solo-Comb which does basically then same thing, but cuts the hair instead of pulling it, which doesn't exactly thin it out as well as pulling, but its a good alternative for the very touchy horses.
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post #3 of 15 Old 09-03-2011, 12:34 AM
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Yep, just what Destiny said. I have a solo comb and it's my best friend. When the blade was dull I used my clippers to trim and thin the mane and they did a much better job then I expected.

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post #4 of 15 Old 09-03-2011, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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pulling the hair out of the horses neck seems cruel and silly just to look pretty. i dont see why you cant just put the extra few buts of effort it would take to pull the mane, to put more effort in the braids...

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post #5 of 15 Old 09-03-2011, 12:56 AM
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It really isn't cruel....

Also, braiding is a lot more difficult and turns out very ugly (in the judges eyes especially) when they're bulbous hair balls, when the hair is all one length (mostly) after pulling, the braids as slimmer and smaller. Really, the horse would tell you if he/she didn't like the pulling and that's what Solo-Combs are for. If it was truly 'cruel' animal rights would be all over hunter shows, monitoring people who are braiding.
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post #6 of 15 Old 09-03-2011, 11:55 AM
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It's not cruel in the slightest. My horse stands there asleep while I pull. Mind, we're pulling half inch or smaller sections, and it comes right out. It's when people grab giant, huge, thick sections, when the horses start getting stressed over it. I just pull the strays underneath his mane, to clean it up a bit, and make it look fluffier and more natural.

Always pull after excercise while the horse is still a little warm, and then a pores are opened. Take a half inch section of mane, tease it back with the comb so your only left holding a small amount of mane from the underneath side of the mane, wrap it around the comb and slowly put pressure on the comb until the hair slides right out. I'm not a fan of just ripping it out as fast as you can. More relaxing for the horse when you take it as slow as possible.
Again, my drama queen of a horse stands there asleep. If he was concerned about it at all, I'd know.

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post #7 of 15 Old 09-03-2011, 12:01 PM
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This is the video I saw, that made so much sense to me about slowly pulling down, instead of ripping out the mane. In the end, I honestly think it goes faster, and it ends up much cleaner, than pulling super fast.

Mane Pulling - YouTube

As you can obviously see, the horse in the video has no problem with it at all.

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post #8 of 15 Old 09-03-2011, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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as i've had no expiriance or ever heard of this, i can see how i could be mistaken. i was associating it with pulling hair out of your own head i guess.

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post #9 of 15 Old 09-04-2011, 12:32 AM
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My gelding loves his mane being pulled, he does a "camel lip". My mare also "pulls" (Or should I say rips out) her own mane on tree's and fence posts haha.

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post #10 of 15 Old 09-04-2011, 02:37 AM
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I dont get how pulling some hairs out can make it look so neat and trimmed, lol... I would think it feels like plucking ur eyebrows...
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