Mane Maintenance

These days some would say it’s controversial to pull a horses mane. I still do it and think it’s the best way to sort it out. One of my current horses hates it, previous horses have simply fallen asleep while I’ve been doing it.

Basic Horse Care Mane Pulling Comb (www/basic-horse-care.com)

A Pulling Comb for mane pulling

How do you do it?

Decide how long you want the mane. Grab a small chunk of hair from underneath the mane. Take the short toothed pulling comb and back comb the hair up keeping hold of the longer strands at the bottom. Twist that strand around the comb and then pull.  Repeat until the mane’s all the same length.  If you have a horse that doesn’t mind it, keep going. If not, perhaps do a small bit each time over a period of days

You can get humane pulling comb devices, personally I’ve never used them.

Some people choose to cut their horses mane, but for showing I feel this looks unnatural and will be something the judges probably mark you down on.  Also by pulling the mane you tend to thin it out – for some horses this means it doesn’t look so chunky.


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