Mane Pull

I got to the barn on Tuesday night intending to run through 1-2, but then I realized the following:
1. It was 60 degrees, and would be below freezing pretty much forever after Tuesday.
2. It was windy/stormy/the indoor was creaking like crazy.
3. I'd have to share the indoor with a random beginner lesson.
4. Connor's mane was approaching Thelwell status.

On the one hand, it felt lazy to pull his mane and chat with one of the barn rats and listen to the rain on the roof for an hour instead of riding.  On the other, it had to be done sometime before the show on the 14th and this was my last chance to do it without frozen fingers.

Before

And sometime it's just nice to stand there and feed him cookies every so often for an hour instead of making him do stuff.

22 comments:

  1. Mane pulling is not my favorite but it's gotta be done! Annie's is so thin I cheat and use a solocomb

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    1. Darn you, lucky! I could not get away with that.

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  2. i kinda love those quiet nights at the barn with good ponies and friends ;)

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  3. I cut manes. I'm way too lazy to pull lol

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    1. I have never been good at that! I tried it, and mine end up looking like someone gave a five year old a pony and a pair of scissors.

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  4. I love doing 'spa days' sometimes instead of riding! And my pony's mane looks similar right now... he's got the feral look going on.

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    1. Ugh, yeah, it's the feral time of year. I'd just leave Connor if we weren't showing next weekend. Which, showing this time of year is such a loss where grooming is concerned anyway...

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  5. Its really hard to find time to do everything :/

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  6. I think that's a really good way to enjoy a quiet 60 degree night! Good choice IMO if it means fewer frozen fingers later!

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    1. Absolutely, take them when you can get them this time of year.

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  7. Haha I actually love mane pulling and a day off here and there doesn't hurt. :-)

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    1. I also love mane pulling! I love repetitive motion activities, so therapeutic.

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  8. I see nothing wrong with Thelwell manes, and neither does Paddy. You shouldn't either, since Connor is part Haflinger and all. ;)

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    1. Lol, have you met my trainer? We'd get some raised eyebrows if I put him on the trailer for a show with a Thelwell mane.

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  9. My two have ridiculous manes at the moment and are in dire need of an hour or ten of pulling. Please do another how to post on just how you get Connor's mane so perfect :)

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    1. Haha, it's far from perfect! You should see how perfect his Aunt Mary can get them, holy cow. That's what a couple summers of being a professional groom gets you, I guess. No real technique for me, just pull really small sections and go up and down the mane as needed to level it out.

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  10. I need to do my mares, but she can be so tough about it that I keep putting it off until she looks ready to enter the western pleasure shows lol

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