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post #21 of 37 Old 12-02-2014, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Here's b4 I ever did anything to it.
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post #22 of 37 Old 12-02-2014, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by horseluvr2524 View Post
^^oh, Taffy *shaking head*

I have a theory that short hair grows faster than long hair. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but the summer of 2013 my mare rubbed HALF of her long gorgeous mane off. Now the rubbed to the root half has grown out to the same length as the rest of her mane, which is down to the end of her neck and I now keep it braided all the time. (AND I did NOT put any product on the mane, no MTG or otherwise. I did brush it a lot very gently, pulling tangles from bottom up and then brushing from root to tip to move the oils through the hair). So your horse (pony?)'s mane will probably even out very quickly, don't worry! And I'm a little jealous-I wish my mare's mane was that thick! Hers has the thickness of the average quarter horse, so not appy thin but not spanish stallion thick either (I wish lol).
If you're wondering, he's not quite a pony. 14.2 hands I'm glad its thick lol and he is a Spanish Mustang so i guess that's why (though not a stallion, he is gelded ) Anyway i think im gonna leave it be awhile then patch it up
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post #23 of 37 Old 12-02-2014, 10:21 PM
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Not nearly what I expected! : )
I square off tails. In a few weeks they are back to looking untrimmed. Give it time. It will be fine.
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post #24 of 37 Old 12-03-2014, 03:30 AM
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LOL, I was also expecting something really short and downright sloppy looking.

Sure, it could use a bit of touching up, but it doesn't look all that bad. With as long as it still is, I'd get some thinning shears and do as Farmpony suggested so that it doesn't look quite so blunt. Then, it will look fine.
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post #25 of 37 Old 12-03-2014, 03:40 AM
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its really not too bad. you can at least even it out and have some room to work....be glad its not like my guy was when i was showing him....-
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every single one of my show horses would rub out a 6inch chunk of mane....to the skin....it was traumatizing.

but your boy doesnt look too bad at all

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post #26 of 37 Old 12-05-2014, 12:06 AM
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Even though I really don't think you'll need or want to go so far as roaching it, I promised some newer pictures of my gray with his little mini-Mohawk he's got going now. All told, it's about 3 inches long now. I plan to shape it up a bit tomorrow (if the weather is nice enough) to give it a bit more arch.

Also just noticed that I managed to pic the one "before" picture that made it look like I cut his forelock off too. I didn't LOL.

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Hey LilyandPistol, you've actually almost got a purposeful wavy-thing going on there! It could be kind of cool if you trimmed it to those curves so it looks like waves. Have you seen those Norwegian Fjords with their manes trimmed all fancy? Some folks apparently trim them into hearts and other shapes.

Yours doesn't look so bad, truly - especially for a first time! You should have seen the trims I gave my mom's horses when I was twelve. I swear, Talana was looking at me like she just knew I'd made her look stupid. Since then I've gotten better with scissors, but it's still hard to trim horses' manes with scissors so they look good without waiting a couple weeks for the inconsistencies to grow out.

And what a cute mustang you have. :)
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post #28 of 37 Old 12-05-2014, 10:54 AM
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Get someone to pull her mane, though if she's sensitive a solo comb might work better than the traditional method. Failing that, hog her.
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post #29 of 37 Old 12-05-2014, 11:11 AM
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It's not so bad

It looks like you held a section of mane and cut straight across. It looks bunchy because it's so thick.

Try starting at the poll. Angle your scissors up and draw then down along the hair on the mane, closing the scissors a bit, opening them, closing them so that you "shave" the hair down along the shaft. This gives me a more natural look. It takes practice.

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post #30 of 37 Old 12-05-2014, 11:47 AM
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Too much mud here for me to get out and take a pic of our gelding. He rubbed his neck horribly! Mane hair was in dreadlocks and the rubbed parts were just hanging. Ugh! It was about 1/2 gone. I took a razor and blade cut it in a more natural way. At least it's all the same, but it kinda looks like a colts mane. I actually kinda like it. Not as short as roached, but short enough to be easy to take care of too.

LilyandPistol, if you back comb it and then take a mane puller to it it maybe won't be so choppy? On the other hand, it really doesn't look as bad as you sounded. Nice looking horse too.
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