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I was going to just pull it, so I cut some of the length off and started pulling. A few minutes into it I changed my mind, and decided to shave it all off, lol. I have on question though, about her pathetic forelock. I'm contemplating shaving that off too. I'm thinking of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron and how he had that mohawk when the military caught him. I think Ricci could pull it off with her overflowing personality. What do you think?

And without further ado, PICTURES!!!

Before...


And after!!







And I couldn't find a picture of Spirit, but this is the mohawk in the movie I was talking about. Obviously, her mane has to grow out some, lol.
 

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I don't know, I think if it was me, I would leave her forelock as it is. If you were to cut it off too, the naked forehead and her blaze would make her face seem too long. I think she looks good in a roach, though it would look better in the summer without the contrast with her poofy winter hair. :D
 

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I would leave the forelock. There's a boarder at my barn who roaches her Arabs mane, and last time she did it, she decided to do the forelock too. Poor horse looks pathetic. Of course she's fat, and the roached mane just makes her look fatter. But the owner doesn't have time to come out during the week, so she says its easier to roach the mane instead of trying to keep it nice, as its pretty thick I guess. Your horse looks good with a roached mane. For a few years the only horses I'd seen with roached manes were the polo ponies, and I always thought they looked a bit weird, but I'm starting to like certain horses with roached manes. She's a pretty girl.
 

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I'd leave the forelock as well. She looks really good with a roach though!
 

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Yay, I'm glad you all think she looks good! I'll be sure to pass along your compliments. =]

And by the way, I'm fully prepared to go to the barn tomorrow morning to feed and doing a double take when I see her lack of mane again, lol.
 

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i usualy like like long manes but it is very pretty!!!:):D
 

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it looks beautiful!!! haha this is hilarious because i just roached my mares mane too! haha i love the look. i would leave the forelock, that can take a long time to grow back!!! :D haha im goign for the spirit look to ;)
 

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I saw a horse at a game show once that was roached but it was longer, like right at the point it was going to start laying over so it was really tall :) it looked awesome! I have thought about doing it to one of my boys but just haven't worked up the nerve. Then at the next show the same girl had cut out sections and it looked even cooler! I loved it. So props to you for doing it!
 

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Aww she looks cute =) I love roached manes. If I felt like my horse could pull it off I'd do it in a snap!
I'd definitely leave the forelock though. I think it usually looks weird on horses when people take off the forelock..not usually as cute as it looked in Spirit =P

But what you can do if you're unhappy with her forelock is to get MTG for it. You really won't believe the difference you'll see. I have this horse I've owned for two years, an older guy at least 25..he had the wimpiest forelock I've ever seen and I figured that it would just be that way forever, but I just got MTG two months ago and decided to give it a light trim and start using MTG and the thing has already doubled in length and it looking so much fuller and healthier, it's amazing.
I'd definitely give that a shot.
 

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Aww she looks cute =) I love roached manes. If I felt like my horse could pull it off I'd do it in a snap!
I'd definitely leave the forelock though. I think it usually looks weird on horses when people take off the forelock..not usually as cute as it looked in Spirit =P

But what you can do if you're unhappy with her forelock is to get MTG for it. You really won't believe the difference you'll see. I have this horse I've owned for two years, an older guy at least 25..he had the wimpiest forelock I've ever seen and I figured that it would just be that way forever, but I just got MTG two months ago and decided to give it a light trim and start using MTG and the thing has already doubled in length and it looking so much fuller and healthier, it's amazing.
I'd definitely give that a shot.
Would MTG work with growing out my Paso Fino's mane and tail to a Fino-acceptable length? It's pretty short right now, and Paso's are generally shown with long, natural manes and tails

Btw, love the roached mane on your Paint!
 

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MTG usually helps with all hair, a blanket rub on their shoulder, manes, tails, wounds, etc. It doesn't work on some horses, and some horses get a bad reaction so just keep an eye on it. Also it's REALLY greasy stuff, and smells terrible, so use gloves. AND it draws sunlight to it, so it may cause a sunburn. =]
 

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I love it.

I might roach both of mine come spring. My mares mane is longer then her neck, and a pain when we have to do shots. Its hard to pull anything that long lol. My baby has a two tone look going on with his mane, so im hoping it will look better after it can regrow.

I roached a tb I had a while ago. he had the skinniest neck, but he looked really good with his mane gone. Not sure why.
 

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She looks great! (I prefer roached to pulled anyway), I'd leave the forelock. I roached Magic's mane because I was having trouble keeping it clean and he has the mohawk right now. My mule gets her's roached, forelock and all, I think she looks best that way. My mini also had his all roached (forlock to), but that was only because the yearling had eaten it, I'm not loving it and will be glad when it's all grown back out.
 

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equiniphile- Yep, what riccil0ve said is very true. You have to be a bit careful with it but when it works, it WORKS. And the sun burn/sun bleaching seems to be combatted pretty well by what I've been doing with my guy's black hair..I'm sure to either apply the MTG when it's dark or cloudy or when he's going to be under covers for awhile, and I always follow it by a pretty heavy application of Absorbine's Santa Fe detangler spray (which is great for the hair AND has sunscreen in it), then I braid the hair and bag his tail. So far his hair is staying pretty black.
It definitely is very greasy though. But I think it's a pretty small price to pay for the incredible results! And all you have to do is just give it a good wash and it's back to normal.
You only have to use it once a week max so it's not too bad. Plenty of people use it every other week or even once every month or every other month and still get some pretty great results.
And I should also note, giving it a really light trim first really does wonders, too.

So if you're willing to put out the effort, it definitely could help you with your guy. =)
 

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equiniphile- Yep, what riccil0ve said is very true. You have to be a bit careful with it but when it works, it WORKS. And the sun burn/sun bleaching seems to be combatted pretty well by what I've been doing with my guy's black hair..I'm sure to either apply the MTG when it's dark or cloudy or when he's going to be under covers for awhile, and I always follow it by a pretty heavy application of Absorbine's Santa Fe detangler spray (which is great for the hair AND has sunscreen in it), then I braid the hair and bag his tail. So far his hair is staying pretty black.
It definitely is very greasy though. But I think it's a pretty small price to pay for the incredible results! And all you have to do is just give it a good wash and it's back to normal.
You only have to use it once a week max so it's not too bad. Plenty of people use it every other week or even once every month or every other month and still get some pretty great results.
And I should also note, giving it a really light trim first really does wonders, too.

So if you're willing to put out the effort, it definitely could help you with your guy. =)
I'm willing to try anything lol! Thanks rockyy and riccil, i think I'll pick some up this weekend
 

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it looks good i like roached manes on some horse yours pulls it of beautifully i personally would leave the forlock i have seen horses that take along time to grow back and then it looks goofy
 

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I'm willing to try anything lol! Thanks rockyy and riccil, i think I'll pick some up this weekend
No problem =)
Just be sure to do a spot test first to make sure there aren't any bad reactions! I forgot to do one on my guy when I got mine :oops: but thankfully it turned out okay..hah
 

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I can't tell you how much easier riding is now that she doesn't have a mane. She never liked getting her mane and forelock in her ears, so until I got her fly bonnet, I always had to braid her forelock and the first three inches of mane right behind her ears when I rode. And I don't have to untangle the mane hair by her withers from her breast collar anymore, and I always hated when it got tangled because the ends of her mane would get wet from her sweaty neck! Anywho, more pictures!!

I got a picture of her with her forelock tucked up in a little ball so you can see how she looks "without it." I always ride with it braided up, usually with her fly bonnet on, so I'm not sure shaving it off would make much of a difference, but I'm still not sure. Will the picture help?


In her fly bonnet, sporting the roach. =]


And the view when I'm riding, lol.
 

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She looks so cute in a roach. I was seriously contemplating one for Tom, but I cant even begin to think of getting rid of his lovely mane! well pooey. lol

Can't wait till it grows out a bit and she gets a cute mohawk!

Oh and it looks even more lovely when she is tacked up.
 
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