After a long winter full of unruly manes, we reach the point in time where it is necessary that we actually do something with the mangled messes we call manes. Whether we are heading into show season, or not, we start to pull, cut and clip our horses back into show ready steeds. There are many methods of mane care, most simply we can pull our horses manes, but there are plenty of ways get our horses hair back in order.
Pulling manes is not our only option. Another popular approach to taming the tangles is roaching. Roaching a horse’s mane is typically the easier of the two since it is essentially a glorified crew cut for horses. Roaching is extremely useful for torn, tangled/unruly manes or even manes that are having a hard time growing evenly onto one side of the neck. Roaching can help these unmanageable manes restore themselves and return to a smooth manageable condition. Although this may provide a quick and simple solution, keep in mind that a roached mane can take a full year to grow back in fully. Plan accordingly!
Although pulling a mane is much more time consuming it is probably more common. Mane pulling is often used to shorten or thin out the mane. Contrary to popular belief you can’t just cut it…in fact, please DON’T just cut it. Pulled manes are much more manageable and even than cut manes. Similar to “people hair” the shorter the hair, the less tangles. Pulling a mane is pretty easy to both learn and execute. Click on the link below for a video showing how to pull your horse’s mane.
Of course easier methods have been developed, Solo Combs and mane stripping combs have emerged onto the scene with tremendous popularity. Mane stripping combs are simply a regular pulling comb with a razor edge making it easy to rip the mane. With this tool just be conscious of your fingers against the sharp edges. The Solo Comb uses the same pulling process but utilizes a hybrid of scissors, pulling comb and razor with a handle to facilitate the process.
So, my confession you ask? We’ve all had HORRIBLE hair days. More likely than not, we’ve taken scissors to both our own hair as well as our horses.
May there always be a hoof print next to your foot print,