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post #1 of 13 Old 09-06-2014, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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Question Dumb question- sorry

I just wanted to ask something about horse manes. I have never pulled my girl's mane before, just trimmed it as best I can with a pair of old scissors. I have researched and watched videos on how to pull a horse mane, and know it in theory. I am just worried I will mess it up. So here's the question: Is it possible to pull a horses mane and do such a bad job that it will be uneven or crazy? I want it to be neat and tidy, and whenever I want to plait it just for fun, The hair is sticking out and the plaits are messy from my trimming, and I know I need to pull it instead. I am just worried I will do it wrong and make a mess of it, which I really don't want to do.

So, what do I do to make sure her mane is neat and tidy and even when I pull it for the first time? If you have any tips on making it more even or neat, would you mind telling me?
Thanks (I know I must sound clueless! )
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-06-2014, 02:32 AM
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Here you go, this is my all time favorite mane pulling video, I changed my way of pulling manes after watching this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yr0vYytr24

Try and take the long hairs from underneath, but just keep going, take out the long hairs, stand back see what it looks like, then go back and have another go, don't be in too much of a rush, and it will be fine. If I have one I haven't done before and there is a lot of mane, I will just do a rough go the first day, then keep going back and taking it a little shorter until I get where I want it to be. That depends on teh mane though, my guy isn't overly blessed so it is a very quick job to tidy him up.
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Thanks heaps for the video. Will try it on Delta next weekend. Thanks for your help. :)
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Remember, if you mess it up, it grows back anyway.
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post #5 of 13 Old 09-07-2014, 10:47 PM
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Not to hijack your thread, but does anyone else think they look better with a long-ish mane?
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-07-2014, 11:32 PM
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Not to hijack your thread, but does anyone else think they look better with a long-ish mane?
Hijack accomplished. I don't like them nearly as short as the one in the video. But I do find that a long flowing mane gets in the way of my rein handling, especially with a green or problem horse. I've also found that it makes it a bit more difficult to train for neck reining through a long thick mane.
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Depends on teh horse, my Arabs all look great with long manes, the Haflingers did as well. Gibbs I loved the long mane, but he looked really sharp when I pulled it.
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post #8 of 13 Old 09-08-2014, 02:07 AM
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GoldenHorse: I prefer long manes too, arabs/reiners would just look weird without their long manes

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I do find that a long flowing mane gets in the way of my rein handling, especially with a green or problem horse. I've also found that it makes it a bit more difficult to train for neck reining through a long thick mane.
I hadn't thought of that. Thanks.
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post #10 of 13 Old 09-08-2014, 07:53 AM
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It's also ten times easier to do when they're warm i.e after a work out.

I am banned from combs and scissors when it comes to manes/ my dog
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