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  • Roached Mane on Scopey Jumper

    I let my TB's very thick mane get a little bit long this winter and so, I decided to roach it since he's awful about it being pulled (I've always wanted to do that anyway). Well, me forgets that he likes to jump BIG over all of his fences with neck down and back up! Not to mention a fan of popping a buck here or there when he gets a good jump over a big oxer.
    So I took him to a show after roaching mane, and he decided he wants to really pop up over an itsy bitsy crossrail...no fun. So, I guess I'll be coping for a while! Or just sticking with little jumps. Good thing I'm used to his big jumps. Anyone roach their horse's mane that has a big jump? I'm definitely not used to no mane yet!

  • #2
    What about using a neck strap?


    • #3
      Can't you just grab the roached bit?

      I had a similar situation when we braided my jumper at HITs a few years back. I almost pulled out a braid when she took a huge spot and I grabbed on!


      • #4
        Originally posted by Come Shine View Post
        What about using a neck strap?
        Thats what I was thinking too! Or add a breast plate so you don't feel like an up-downer with a stirrup leather around your horses neck It can make you feel much more secure though, might be worth a shot!

        I'm sure he looks cute! I think a roached mane can be really cute!


        • #5
          As others are suggesting, a breastplate or a running martingale would give you a stealth grab strap, if need be.


          • #6
            There's nothing wrong with riding in a neckstrap.
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              I bought a racing yoke (basically, a standing martingale without the chest-to-chin part) for a 'grab bar' when galloping or jumping.
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              • Original Poster

                Thanks guys I may try the stirrup leather grabstrap since we mainly ride at home, and just put off our schooling shows until it grows back a little more.

                I think he looks quite handsome- sort of like a polo pony!

                Here's his roached mane look:


                And here's how he jumps!



                • #9
                  Oh my! What a jump! Velcro?!?


                  • #10
                    What a cutie! I would not be embarrassed to use a neck strap with a jump like that, especially when you're only trying to jump little so you're not always expecting him to jump huge.

                    His mane looks adorable like that, although I always miss having that permanent safety net of the mane. Since he's yours, though, you can add something to grab onto very easily!


                    • #11
                      I used to roach my pony jumpers mane because he's also a scopey devil with a hard jump and he HATED when I grabbed mane I think it's an adorable look.

                      Good luck, your horse is really cute!





                      • Original Poster

                        Hehe, thanks guys. I know- I only jump him up to 2'6" without a trainer and confined ring because who knows how he'll jump over a bigger fence! Eek!

                        Neck strap it is.

                        And Erinmeadows- I can't see your pictures, try changing the privacy settings?


                        • #13
                          With that jump, I'd be coming up with something to grab, too! Yikes! But a good yikes.
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                          • #14
                            can't see the FB pics (banned site here at work...)

                            & probably too late for you this year...
                            but when I roached a mane I always left a long lock at the base for a handhold while mounting bareback - or grabbing over a jump
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                            • #15
                              Yowza, that IS a big jump. Neckstrap for sure.
                              Reminds me of jumping an old-style appy, who had just a few strands of cobweb to grab- he'd have done better with a roached mane, but his owners wouldn't do it.

                              Can't you just grab the roached bit?
                              Huh? The roached bit would be the naked neck....


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Fillabeana View Post
                                Yowza, that IS a big jump. Neckstrap for sure.
                                Reminds me of jumping an old-style appy, who had just a few strands of cobweb to grab- he'd have done better with a roached mane, but his owners wouldn't do it.

                                Huh? The roached bit would be the naked neck....
                                Sorry I was thinking it had been roached and was now growing out a little straight up. Whoops!