Wednesday, 5 November 2014

(Nearly) WW: The Mane Challenge

The comment on my last post re: my girls super thick manes gave me an idea for a post. Here`s 4 years of me struggling to tame Ginger`s mane, with varying results.



2011. She still looks so young! Looks somewhat tidy in this pic, but subsequent ones show it was pretty wild without any styling.
2012. Those little short bits were from some summer itching and all my in the saddle pics show a mane that wasn`t overly tamed.


2013. Longer seems to lie a little nicer - this is the first year I think I was getting a handle on it although I definitely needed to spend more time thinning and evening it out.
2014. Stupid sweet itch = worst crazy mane yet!
 I`ve been tempted before to just let it grow because it`s so thick and pretty, but it`s really unflattering on her, even more so than my poor attempts to pull it.
Lots of hair

Not terrible, but it makes her pretty neck look really short and cobby.

14 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. Emi's mane is crazy too! I haven't figured out what I'm going to do with it long term.

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    1. I still don't know lol! Bridget's breeder is really great at getting them tidy and even she couldn't get either of mine perfect. I think I just need to be on top of it every time I groom rather than waiting until I'm super annoyed with how it looks and trying to make a drastic change.

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    1. I think I had a high neck blanket that year that was helping keep her mane to one side at least!

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  3. I'm definitely digging the longer mane.

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    1. And it's a lot easier to deal with as far as maintenance!

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    1. I actually have nightmares about their ridiculous hair lol

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  5. Sydney's mane is so thick! I have pretty much given up on it and have come very close to hogging it multiple times. Attempts at pulling it have totally failed.

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    1. Mine are like that too...it's about 60% talent and hard work and 40% luck if they ever do look good. Sydney could totally pull off the hogged mane look - such a pretty girl.

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  6. Manes can be troublesome. I try to keep Nancy's long and have yet to pull it, but she had a good itch off a tree or something last autumn when I made the mistake of leaving in a running braid for turnout and ripped out a chunk of her mane!!! It has grown back a good bit since then but is still a long way off the rest of her mane! I am trying to decide whether to pull the rest up to the shorter length or wait a bit more for it to grow then try to even it up...decisions decisions harumpf
    Kika's is technically easier as i like it shorter, however she doesn't particularly like getting it pulled (can't say I blame her) and i tend not to pull between May & November due to them being on 24/7 turnout and flies...so i prefer to leave her with enough for a L'Oréal flick to shake it off (yep I now have Taylor Swifts song stuck in my head)

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    1. I tried the whole mane and tail braiding thing and it backfired on me too. I'm half serious when I joke about having my hairdresser friend out to the barn for a visit. I have really thick hair and she does a great job on mine with razor cuts lol :)

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  7. I'm with you, for the most part. I like to keep Connor's short because it helps him to look more like a sport pony and less like a Thelwell pony, but the first time I did it, I got it way too short, and it has never lain on one side since.

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    1. I love the look of a shorter 'sporty' mane...it's the actually getting there part that's killing me. Both my girls have the double sided thing going on too if I pull it any shorter than about 6". I'm starting to think one of those spandex hood things is the only way!

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