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Tips for using thinning shears on manes?

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  • Tips for using thinning shears on manes?

    I have a horse with an extremely thick mane. It splits in the middle and falls on both sides of the neck, the same amount on both sides. Came to me like this and it's extremely frustrating. Does not tolerate pulling well, would need to be sedated and I'd prefer not to go that route, plus it would be a tremendous amount of hair to pull (we're talking REALLY thick here!).

    I have a solocomb but for the life of me can't get the hang of it, it's brand new yet the blade just doesn't seem to cut anything. Anyway I don't care for it.

    So I bought a pair of thinning shears yesterday as I've heard people talking about them. I've never used them before and really don't even get how to use them and the people at the tack shop didn't have a clue either. Could I please have some tips on how to use these well and what exactly they are good at achieving? Especially how you would go about correcting the double-sided mane?!

    I've used a mane knife, the ones that look like a switchblade kind of thing with teeth in it. I can do a decent job with it on regular manes but on this one if I go at the underneath hair on one side, and flop the mane that's on the other side back on the right side and continue shortening it, when I'm done it looks great for about 5 minutes and then flops back on the other side and looks all uneven and unkempt.

    Help please (but please don't tell me to pull it lol).

    P.S. the horse is not showing and won't need to be braided in the near future, just want to make him look more presentable.

  • #2
    Originally posted by murph View Post
    It splits in the middle and falls on both sides of the neck, the same amount on both sides.

    P.S. the horse is not showing and won't need to be braided in the near future, just want to make him look more presentable.
    Two things: 1) A mane that goes to both sides is supposed to mean a horse that is well balanced.

    2) The only way to get a mane that will lie on one side is to train it by braiding it.

    Good luck! btw - I love my solo comb. But you do need to follow the directions on the package to the letter. Once you get the hang of it, it is great.


    • #3
      Thinning shears are not going to help a mane that thick. They don't work that way. It needs to be pulled, and if you need the vet to tranquilize him so you can pull it properly, than that is what you need to do. You may be able to MAINTAIN it with thinning shears, but they aren't going to make a thick mane manageable. You will then have to braid it over for several days, and really stay on top of it by wetting it over at least once daily and braiding when necessary.


      • #4
        I know this is no help, but I also have a horse with a mane like this. He is a draft cross and has a gorgeous tail too - that's the sliver lining part ~ But I gave up on trying to make it stay on one side, so I just use that same knife/comb thing you mentioned on both sides. It's still thick, but that keeps it shorter and neater looking , but he's isn't going to be shown so I don't worry much about it. That's what I use on my other thinner manes too. I do though break down and pull my TBs mane that is thick cause he'll let me and it makes his neck look so much better !


        • #5
          when I was 12 I also had a horse that had "two" manes. very thick and on both sides, My sister shaved the right side and pulled the left side over and braided it for the show. Beautiful braids! and still many of them. You cannot tell that half of her mane was shaved. we tried to pull it but it would never pull out, it broke. weird.

          My horse now well...I got his mane on one side then got this fly sheet with a neck cover, and it pushed it all to the other side, it lays nice and flat...on the wrong side. ugg... o well I don't show so as long as it doesn't stick up then I am not bothered.

          Mane slinky works wonders for getting it to stay to one side also. but you have to braid it first then put it on for about a week then it stays for a while until something pushed it back over.


          • #6
            See if this site helps...