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post #1 of 39 Old 02-04-2017, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Clydesdale Forelock too long?

Hi - I'm new here I have a wonderful Clydesdale mare, and I'm receiving a fair amount of flak for the length of her forelock. Two caveats: 1) I don't think it's a problem at all: she never spooks or acts like she can't see in the pasture/run-in, her eyes are not sore looking or have any discharge, they're clear and bright and clean. 2) the concerned people are NOT horse people (ie: they think the light strands in her mane are 'grey hair and she doesn't have any teeth - she most certainly does, she's just gentle with treats!). I've stood my ground against their "you should cut that and get it out of her eyes" suggestions, but I'd like to be able to back it up with some real horse-people's opinions, so to speak. I think it's natural, and she doesn't mind it, and has always had it. I think it keeps flies off her face in summer, and warms her face in winter, and looks amazing. The stable where I purchased her never cut their Clydes' forelocks. I'm not saying I wouldn't braid it for a trail ride, etc - but for lounging in the field? What do you think, please?
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Can't figure out how to post pictures - the only ones I have of her are in my iPhotos and they don't have a URL..?
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At the bottom of the place to type the message click "go advanced".
There will be a paper clip icon at the top. Click that.
Choose your picture.
Upload. It will not show on your page until you submit, so just submit.
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subbing because my mare has a long forelock. I never even thought of it as a problem, but it doesn't usually cover her eyes. It's usually in between or on the side. Curious to see what others have to say.
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Tell them you don't mess with Mother Nature, she made forelocks for a reason.
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My first 'knee jerk' reaction to your thread title was 'Never! Clydie forelocks can't be too long!' Agree with the above. Also think it looks far better than little, tufty affairs, or 'neat' cut manes & tails.

If they are also picking on her lack of teeth & 'grey hair', then you already know how little they know. Sounds like they're just nasties who like to pick! Tell them to get off your case, or you'll start picking on them for things you don't know about too!

And for fun, I googled & attached a couple of pics with nicer forelocks...
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I tuck my guy's forelock under the bridle when riding sometimes. But never for anything else.
He can spook slightly if most of it ends up blocking one eye, I don't worry about it when on the ground.
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My Haflinger's forelock is below his eyes, and it serves to keep the bugs out. He doesn't have to keep shaking his head or rubbing his face against his knees. It has never seemed to be any sort of a problem. And I think it's cute.

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I tuck my guy's forelock under the bridle when riding sometimes. But never for anything else.
He can spook slightly if most of it ends up blocking one eye, I don't worry about it when on the ground.
This is what I thought might happen with her - she's used to long wispy hair, but a solid chunk of braid or ponytail (pardon the pun) might startle or spook her. She and I seem to be fine with it, and so thanks to all your kind posts, we will be ignoring those 'helpful' people who want to give her a haircut! I'm going to attempt a few photos now...thanks again!!
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