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My NightMARE... (burrs in mane)

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Oh my goodness.
I walked out to the pasture after being absent from the barn for a week (vacation) and saw what my eyes couldn't believe.
My Shetland pony mare who has a gorgeous past her shoulder length, thick mane, had gotten into burrs.
And I mean BURRS.
They always get them in the fall (usually not this early, but I guess they did this time).. but never this bad! Because I hadn't taken care of it for a week (she's always out to pasture at the barn, and we had people taking good care of her, but that's beside the point.) it got really bad.
It can't be comfortable for her! It's still really hot where we live! And it's like having a porcupine stuck on your head!!
I didn't have time to deal with it yesterday, being that I was just out there to water them and say hi before I went to school, but today I have time and I'm going to tackle this problem!!
HOW in the HECK do you get that many burrs out of a mane like her's? Her mane was so gorgeous, but honestly I don't think there's a way I'm getting them out without roaching. :shock:
I'm afraid to roach her mane. It's like me going from lower back-length hair to a buzz cut... It'll be that drastic.
Moral support needed.
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While this isn't funny, it is --- only because, when I was kid and my horses were on 98 acres, you wouldn't believe the burrs they'd come in with every night. We didn't have a bushhog, unless the cows counted for anythig:shock:

When my horses got matted head-to-tail like the pictures in the link (they could come in nearly every night in the summer looking like that), it was stay at the barn pick that garbage out, literally hair-by-hair.

Even though mom wasn't really a horse person, her philosophy on roaching was "---you will NOT roach their manes, young lady, just to take the easy way out--" easy for her to say - lollol

But I got really good at separating hairs from cockle burrs --- it's an ugly job but, if you want to preserve that very long mane, it's your only choice:-(
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