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  • Horse hates mane pulling - any alternatives

    I have a 5 yr old gelding who hates having his mane pulled. Even if I just pull out one strand at a time, he still freaks out. Right now his mane is about six (maybe a little more) inches long and super thick (like double a normal thickness) and pulling it seems to be out of the question He needs to have a braidable mane two weeks from today. Any suggestions?

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    I love my solo comb. My pony hates having her mane pulled but she does not mind this at all. Took about 20 minutes to have a braidable mane. Be careful and do it as instructed. Here is a pic of the finished braids.
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    • #3
      Try this...flip the mane to the off side and trim with thinning shears. when you flip it back it doesn't have that just cut look. I do pull the manes but when I'm lazy or rushed I have found this works for us.
      "My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sunlight and nicker to me in the night"

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      • #4
        This might not work for you but..

        My horse doesn't like having his mane pulled, either. I always do it after he was ridden so the pores are open and everything, but as I'm pulling it he gets more and more agitated and has come close to ripping cross-ties down to avoid the dreaded mane pulling.

        Then, one day, I decided to try it in his stall. I tied him (with a safety knot, of course) to one of the bars on his stall, and started pulling, and voila- a well-behaved horse! I don't know if he just knew there was nowhere to move forward/back up to or what, but the difference was incredible. He still shook his head and was a little fussy, but he didn't go as crazy as he has gone on cross ties.

        If your horse REALLY hates it, this may not work, but it's worth a try.

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        • #5
          I rarely "pull" my horses' manes anymore. I take the hair in a small section, scrunch it up like I'm about to pull. Instead of pulling it out I take a loose clipper blade and cut that section. You can cut it closer to the base for thick manes and leave it a bit longer for thinner manes, so I can get a really even looking mane with this method. It actually works pretty well, similar action to the solo comb I think.

          My old trainer used this method and manes were perfectly braid-able. I also second the idea of doing it after you ride and the pores are open, plus horse is a bit tired/relaxed.

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          • #6
            I live by my solo comb

            I tried ordering this:
            http://www.manepuller.com/

            But it's "painless" in the same way that the epilady is a "quick and painless" way to get rid of leg hair Total bust on my sensitive TB who has the hair of 4 horses and a massive aversion to having anything pulled from him!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by SkipChange View Post
              I rarely "pull" my horses' manes anymore. I take the hair in a small section, scrunch it up like I'm about to pull. Instead of pulling it out I take a loose clipper blade and cut that section. You can cut it closer to the base for thick manes and leave it a bit longer for thinner manes, so I can get a really even looking mane with this method. It actually works pretty well, similar action to the solo comb I think.

              My old trainer used this method and manes were perfectly braid-able. I also second the idea of doing it after you ride and the pores are open, plus horse is a bit tired/relaxed.
              This is the way to go. So much easier, the horses don't get annoyed and it looks fine. Good luck!

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              • #8
                If you have the vet out soon....

                You could do ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT thru Modern Pharmaceuticals. Not saying this is the best alternative, but sometimes the only way. I personally HATE cut manes, they might look good right after you do them, but as they grow back, they get all kinds of stray hairs growing every way, but the right way.

                A few years ago I had to body clip a horse that actually got the same meds a stallion gets for cutting them. Lights on but NOBODY home for 1 hour.. LOL LOL. I wanted to stay alive and he HAD to be clipped....
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                • #9
                  I am hooked on the solo comb also. I had a horse that would loose it when we just combed his mane, much less even considered pulling it and this was the only solution. Thinking back on it, I believe his mane had been cut when he arrived. hmmm.....I even use it on ones that are good to pull because it is so much faster.

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                  • #10
                    I also love my solo comb,. It may take you some time to get your horses trust....as I backcomb just like I"m going to pull it, but then push the button to cut it instead. At first the horse is afraid you're going to pull........and you have to convince him otherwise.

                    I don't think they're as good for "thinning".........

                    I also try not to use it on one that is going to be braided at a show. BRAIDERS, DO YOU FIND IT HARDER TO BRAID AFTER A SOLO COMB RATHER THAN A REAL MANE PULLING?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by florida foxhunter View Post
                      BRAIDERS, DO YOU FIND IT HARDER TO BRAID AFTER A SOLO COMB RATHER THAN A REAL MANE PULLING?
                      I haven't braided anyone for years, but I can say that I wouldn't use a solo comb on a horse I was going to braid. It does a decent job thinning if you use it carefully (making sure to backcomb all the way up to the base of the mane), but I think that a real pulled mane is much easier to braid. I'm sure if you were meticulous enough with it you could prepare it decently enough for an okay braiding job, but even growing back a solo-combed mane is a little more difficult than a real pulled mane.

                      But for basic mane maintenance (or is that manetenance? ) I think it's brilliant and MUCH easier than pulling a difficult horse's mane!
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by florida foxhunter View Post
                        BRAIDERS, DO YOU FIND IT HARDER TO BRAID AFTER A SOLO COMB RATHER THAN A REAL MANE PULLING?
                        The braider we used would go ballistic as soon as she started working on a solocomb-ed or cut mane. She could tell by the time she finished the first braid. In between strings of swear words, she would say, "If you can't pull it, leave it alone and I'll do it myself. But if you ever use scissors again I'll kill you." (I had one horse who was downright dangerous to pull, so I teased like I was pulling, but only cut a few hairs at a time. You couldn't tell just looking at it, but oh, boy did it make a difference to our braider.)

                        I've had this discussion before, and some people say it doesn't matter, but after seeing pictures of their braids, well, let's just say I'm gonna listen to the braider who does braids for Dover magazine.



                        Since I don't need to braid any time soon, I use the clipper blade method on my mare who will stomp me into the ground if I come at her with a pulling comb. When it comes time to pull it for real, I imagine I'll have to employ the modern pharmeceuticals like someone else suggested.

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                        • #13
                          Put Ambesol, you know, that numbing stuff for your gums when you have a canker sore or bad tooth, on the base of the mane where you are pulling. Works a treat for a lot of horses.
                          Eileen
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by florida foxhunter View Post
                            BRAIDERS, DO YOU FIND IT HARDER TO BRAID AFTER A SOLO COMB RATHER THAN A REAL MANE PULLING?
                            YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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                            • #15
                              If your horse has an overly thick mane, there is no substitute for pulling. The only way to avoid pulling and still have a braidable mane is to shave off the top side, not the underneath. Once you shave, you have to do it all the time.

                              That said, I cannot count the number of times someone has told me, "Dobbin's mane CANNOT be pulled, he hates it so much." and I proceed to pull it after a short conversation with Dobbin. One of you just has to want your way more than the other.

                              The best thing to do is to pull it every day. One hair a day, if that is all you can do. If your horse ever has to be tranquilized, take advantage and give him a good mane pulling. Try not to do one huge pulling at one time. If you pull it all out at the same time, it all grows back at the same time.

                              Also, some COTH BB rocket surgeons will tell you your mane should be four, or five or six inches long. There is no single correct length. On one horse, four inches is too short, on another, it's too long. Your horse's mane length is related to it's thickness. The thicker the mane, the longer it has to be. Most braiders prefer 'too much' to 'not enough'.

                              If you REALLY cannot pull it, do NOT cut it off. If you asked me to braid your unpulled mane, I might give it a whirl. I won't even bite if you cut it.

                              Solo comb, Mane Master, etc., should come with a warning label. "Use on thin manes only!"
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                              • #16
                                I don't know, but maybe some horses feel pain when the mane is pulled?
                                I've had a few that would throw a hissy fit. I like to use a solo comb or thinning shears on the problem horses.

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                                • #17
                                  I've had good luck with Chloraseptic (numbing sore-throat spray). Works the same way as the Anbesol, but in spray form. My daughter's horse needs a chain on the gums. Sounds barbaric, I know, but we keep the session short and it keeps her very still.

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                                  • #18
                                    I like the idea of the clipper blade, but I absolutely hate the solo comb. Made my guy's mane look like a 4 year old did it. He has a REALLY thick mane though. I would not reccommend it. I have had good luck cutting VERY, VERY carefully.
                                    "To do something that you feel in your heart that's great, you need to make a lot of mistakes. Anything that is successful is a series of mistakes." -B.J. Armstrong

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                                    • #19
                                      If it's thick and you want decent braids (esp the next time) you're going to have to pull. If the horse won't stand, try some sort of restraint and/or get help from one of those knowledgeable friends the magazine articles always seem to refer to. If they're really bad and you need to have it done sooner, rather than later, it's probably going to involve drugs or two people--one to back the horse into a corner and restrain it using suitable tools and the other to pull as fast as they can. Either of these should be done more than a day or two before the show--drugs b/c of the testing rules (esp if you live in CA) and restraint b/e the horse is probably going to remember how he was treated the last time someone came near his mane and be bad for the braider.
                                      The Evil Chem Prof

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                                      • #20
                                        I have not tried it but have been told that putting some of that liquid tooth ache stuff on the crest before pulling helps.

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