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Old 15-01-2011, 02:29 PM   #1
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Rightio, on the holidays, I bought a pair of thinning scissors which look something like this..........


because I thought I could use them kinda like normal scissors on the mane to make it not look so much like someone's been at horsey with a normal pair of scissors but rather give the pulled look without the actual pulling (don't ask how I figured that, blonde brain in action! ). However, after giving them a crack on a dog that looks like this...............



I now realise that they're probably not going to work the best the way I thought they would. Now, the question is, how do you use these things?!
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Old 15-01-2011, 03:27 PM   #2
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The best way to learn is: Separate out a piece of mane no wider than the scissor blades, comb it out so there are no tangles, tease it up as if you were going to pull it, then cut the remaining hairs (that you would normally pull out) at the length you want them. Do this several times on the one chunk of mane, the same way you would if you were pulling it.

Once you've got the hang of this, you can get more ruthless. I get my chunk of mane and start at the top, making several cuts as I slide the scissors down the piece of mane...this is a lot quicker, but it is much easier to make a hash of it and it will end up looking like a broom head.
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Old 16-01-2011, 11:31 AM   #3
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Erylin, don't suppose you have any before, during and after pics?

Mane trimming is a few years away for my Silvy but I really HATE pulling and I've found over the years that mares really HATE it too.

Does anyone else find that if you pull the mane it grows back at different rates and your plaits end up with lots of short bits sticking out? Cutting is much neater
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Old 16-01-2011, 06:32 PM   #4
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I have been blessed to have horses that have naturally fine manes that only needed the length trimmed and not a lot pulled out. I use a normal horse razor and razor the ends to the length I want.

I don't like pulling the mane unless I absolutely have to (such as their mane is sooo thick it I can't plait it.

I found some info on using them as below:

You will want to comb the hair smooth, then work in smaller sections. Slide the open shears into the long hair at a point somewhere between 1/3 of the way to 1/2 of the way along the length from the scalp. Make a single ?snip? then open and remove the shears. Pass a comb through the section to slide away the hairs that have been cut. Move on to the next section and repeat until you?ve made your way around the head.

If needed, you can make a second pass in the hair, but this time make the ?snips? at about 1/3 of the way above the ends of the hair. Always work in uniform passes. And only make additional thinning cuts when you?re sure they?re needed. If you remove too much hair the ends will begin to appear stringy.

Also someone told me to use the scissors at an angle not straight across for best results.

I still can't see how using them would remove hair without it getting all those spiky bits when plaiting it up since you are not cutting it off at the roots but midway through the hair.

Good luck!! Show us some pics
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Old 16-01-2011, 07:54 PM   #5
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Ahhh ok so they're not gonna work in the way I intended which was to make life a bit easier and nick the ends of without making it look like such a hacked at look, dunno why I thought that but yeah, I'm blonde and have moments! Might just have to be normal scissors on an angle and snippity snippity to the end of the mane and work my way into it.

Yeah will put photos up, won't be for a while yet though. Horses have just been moved and where they've been moved to there is no yards just yet. Also, too flaming wet!

Thanks for the info everyone.
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Old 16-01-2011, 08:16 PM   #6
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A good tip for what you are looking for Gonerama - wet the mane and comb it over to the other side of the horses neck.

Then cut it along to the length you want. When it dries back on its usual side its neat but not too straight and blunt looking.

My girl has a very thick long mane which will be lovely for her breed classes but she is destined to be a show hack so I am going to have to get brutal on her mane one day. Distant future tho
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A good tip for what you are looking for Gonerama - wet the mane and comb it over to the other side of the horses neck.

Then cut it along to the length you want. When it dries back on its usual side its neat but not too straight and blunt looking.

My girl has a very thick long mane which will be lovely for her breed classes but she is destined to be a show hack so I am going to have to get brutal on her mane one day. Distant future tho
Ahhh good idea! Shall give that a go, sounds quick, easy and painless. Yeah want the pulled look without the pulling! Ahh one day I'll bring him in. Can't wait for the horse yards to be built, gonna make life sooooo much easier than playing 'find the horsey' game on a quad in a 500 acre paddock! Oh well just have be happy that I have a horse out here who I don't have to pay agistment for!
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To get the "right length without scissors look" I use a razor. Grab a chunk of mane and comb it. Hold it out from the neck and rub the razor up and down the end of hair at length you want.

Works wonders - is quick and hair comes out not looking cut in a straight line. I'll get pics....
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Ahhh like the old shearers comb trick. I have used the shearers comb in the past but always too afraid of stabbing the horse with them.
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I am not sure what it is called, but I have a comb which has a blade in it, very easy to use and does not leave a harsh straight edge.

All you do is comb a small chunk of mane as normal, then backcomb it as you would if pulling. Then you just angle the comb upwards (or downwards, depending which way the blade is) and the blade will cut the hairs. It's not a super fast process as you can only do a bit at a time but it's much easier than pulling and gives a nicer finish than cutting with scissors. I just got it for a few dollars at horseland, maybe give that a go.
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