Discussion in 'Horse Grooming' started by CarlisleChipper, Nov 3, 2018.
It's so even and straight! Surely that's not just pulling it.
Yup. Pulling and thinning achieves it.
I know how to pull a mane, but how do you thin it?
Same way. You want the whole thing to be an even thickness. So if you have a thicker section you pull more to make it the same thickness as the rest of the mane.
So they didn't use clippers or scissors to achieve this look?
Nope. Just thinning & pulling.
I suppose if there was a thin area you would back comb and cut just that area so you didn’t make it thinner. But nope, it’s just serious deduction to perfection.
I'm fairly sure someone cut that with scissors a little while ago, whatever pulling they may have also done, it still has the 'blunt' look of having been trimmed at least some, with scissors. And that is fairly typical - to pull to get some of the thickness and uneven-ness out so it's braidable, and then follow up with a little bit of scissors for neatness.
It's fine to use scissors to finish up. Pulling is largely to remove thickness to the point where it's possible to actually braid the mane. The goal is to have a braidable mane.
It used to be traditional to pull manes and not touch them with scissors if one was going to braid the mane. In fact it was a matter of 'groom's pride' to say s/he never touched the mane with scissors. It's changed over the years as horses get restless when their manes are pulled and just pulling alone, also takes a fair amount of time.
Ya, I would say that was cut...not pulled.
I would say that was pulled to the correct thickness, scissor trimmed, and then thinning sheared at the ends.
Ruthann (Lucky Braids) doesn't recommend scissors, but does use clipper blades to smooth out the ends to a perfect line. There is a brief explanation on her website. Her braiding is wonderful.
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