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What to do with thick mane. Pull or cut?

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  • What to do with thick mane. Pull or cut?

    My mare has a gorgeous thick mane and I have cut it. It lays perfectly and is the perfect texture. think Cher. I have always been a puller but feel I would be opening a can of worms if I start on hers and not to mention it would take a good amount of time.

    What to do? Thin with cheater comb? Leave alone? Help fellow DQ's!!!
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    I'm generally a believer in less is more...as in less fussing to change things from the way they are. My mare also has a thick mane. I just suck it up and braid as is; she HATES pulling. I tinker w/ the length, as needed with scissors...

    Thinner comb might be tempting, but I'd like to borrow one to try it rather than just go buy one.

    THank goodness I dont do hunters where they want 50 tiny tidy braids...
    We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........

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    • #3
      Thinning shears....
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      • #4
        I have one with at least three manes. I pull. I do it frequently to keep up. I have used a solo comb to thin, but I like old fashion pulling best. He is not in love with it but we get it done. It braids up well.

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        • #5
          We roach in the spring/summer, let grow in winter. She looks fabulous with a roach. (her crest is 1 1/2 " wide!)
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          • #6
            Even better than using thinning shears is let the mane get good and dirty and nasty in a little bit tangled then using a Matt comb for dogs brush the mane. It winds up looking a lot more natural than when using thinning shears and a monkey can do it
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            • #7
              Originally posted by out west View Post
              I have one with at least three manes. I pull. I do it frequently to keep up. I have used a solo comb to thin, but I like old fashion pulling best. He is not in love with it but we get it done. It braids up well.


              Mine wasn't "in love" with it either and one day she really showed me - pulled back HARD, broke halter, hit me it the face with her face and sent me a-- over teakettle off the stepladder. That was the last time I pulled
              We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........

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              • #8
                My 2nd guy was an angel for everything but mane-pulling, so I cheated and used thinning scissors, and...dare I say it???.....small clippers on the underside of the mane. Very carefully. After getting busted when I stupidly admitted it the 1st tme, I learned to work stealthily and deny the use of any electronics. It looked fine and braids were just beautiful, especially when done by someone other than me.

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                • #9
                  WOW `` WHAT AN IDEA !

                  WOW ``` WHAT AN IDEA !

                  NOW ALL I NEED IS A MONKEY

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                  Originally posted by Petstorejunkie View Post
                  Even better than using thinning shears is let the mane get good and dirty and nasty in a little bit tangled then using a Matt comb for dogs brush the mane. It winds up looking a lot more natural than when using thinning shears and a monkey can do it
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                  • #10
                    NAIR!!!! and then cut to desired length
                    "Listen to your mind. It has a whole lot more brain cells than your heart does." - SillyHorse

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                      Nair?

                      ahahahahaha! would you put Nair on your head? or neck?
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                      • #12
                        I cut my jumper's mane. It lies better and looks better! Unfortunately I went away for a week and my trainer's helper decided to pull it without my permission!! Now it looks horrible and is taking FOREVER to grow back in thick. I just trimmed it with scissors as it was getting long (I keep it at about 6 inches long or so), but the pulled stuff that's growing out is now flipping his mane over!! Wah!
                        I also like the thickness and length for big fat button braids.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bearskin View Post
                          NAIR!!!! and then cut to desired length
                          Another believer in the Nair system. It got my horse's mane under control to the point that now I can maintain it with pulling.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by good booie View Post
                            ahahahahaha! would you put Nair on your head? or neck?
                            If it makes you feel any better I used the bikini Nair. It is for an area that I believe to be more sensitive than my horse's neck.

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                              not sure were you little trolls come from. no need. others who i ask will respond.
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                              • #16
                                I never pull my mares' manes, they hate it. Just cut across to the length I want, then use the scissors to cut WITH the hair to make it took more natural. Just like at the hair salon. And my Lusitano mare--who has the thickest hair--gets a French braided mane: it can't get any easier than that. It only takes ten mins right before a test and she's done. I wish I could French braid my CWB's mane. Maybe I could start a new trend.
                                Megan

                                "The horse you get off is not the same horse that you got on. It's our task as riders to make sure that the difference is for the better."

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                                • #17
                                  No, really, bikini Nair has been on these threads for ages. What I can't say is how many people have actually tried it...or just talk about it!

                                  Apparently, you put it into one of those hairdresser's bottle with the little pointy tip and put little dabs all along the underside of the mane - being aware that too much will leave a hole - await 10 minutes and rinse out.
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                                    #18
                                    Just an apology for harsh reactions. Yes, i was having a bad night regarding the loss of my horse. If you have had one die you know some days are better than others. Carry on. Still not sure if Nair is a real option..lol
                                    Last edited by good booie; Jan. 25, 2012, 08:00 AM. Reason: off meds
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by good booie View Post
                                      not sure were you little trolls come from. no need. others who i ask will respond.
                                      Originally posted by good booie View Post
                                      IF you even know me. You should be ashamed in your thoughts that I just lost my horse this past Semptember. A horse I brought along from the time he was 2. So f u. live your life in your shell of shame.
                                      Umm, do you have any house guests perchance? Or are you just off your meds? Truly strange postings OP.
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                                      • #20
                                        If you do not believe these posts about Nair, do a search. Your little temper tantrum is really out of place. Sorry about your loss, but nobody is making fun of you or being a troll.
                                        Do your own research then...

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