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Ok as requested by a few here is a step-by-step guide of how I do ...
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    Thinning shear step-by-step with pics

    Ok as requested by a few here is a step-by-step guide of how I do manes using a thinning shear. My lovely assistant for the day was yearling QH filly Obviously A Cowgirl "Dunnie"

    First tools you will need- a comb, thinning shears, and a regular pair of scissors.


    Notice that the thinning shears only have one blade, not two like a normal scissors, the top has teeth like a comb. These teeth are what cause the thinning.


    Now start with your horses mane all neatly combed out and tangle free, a clean mane is preferable, cuts easier.


    Take your thinning shears and starting at the back of the mane start snipping in rapid motion in about a 3" large section, then stop and comb out the mane to remove cut hair. Make sure you are cutting at a slight angle, not straight across. You will have a more blunt look cutting straight, angling gives a more natural look.


    Here you can see what the mane looks like about halfway through


    Here you can see a little closer what it looks like when you're cutting it
    Last edited by HalterGirl_88; 02-02-2005 at 02:59 PM.

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    Next take a regular scissors and cut off any of the straggly ends that the thinning shears didnt cut


    The mane should start to look like this



    When you have used the thinning shears on the whole mane and cut off all the straggly hairs take a brush and back comb the whole mane a few times

    Doing this will reveal and hairs that are hidden in the mane that still need cut


    This is what a finished mane will look like


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    When your mane is finished check to see that you have done the mane straight, to do so look from your horses whithers up towards their mane, this will give you a better idea of if it's straight than looking directly towards the horse.


    After I've done a mane I generally braid it, this helps to keep the mane laying nice and flat. I do the braids in about 3/4" sections. Make sure to braid them TIGHT and always pull down while braiding so that they lay down. Having them tight will also have the hair break naturally on it's own and help thin it out as well. Leave them in for about a week, take them out for a couple days and then rebraid.


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    Hope this helps, if anyone needs anything explained further or has any other questions, just ask!

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    Those are super step-by-step instructional photos!
    Great job!
    I am sure there will be a lot of people here who will find them helpful!!!!
    Thank you!!!!
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    Thank you Haltergirl. There are always so many questions about the mane. That was a great step by step. Many will appreciate your time and effort.
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    wow, great directions, but i want to beable to braid like you it is sooooo perfect mine is like differet sizes lol!

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    Takes about 15 min to do a mane like that. Practice- practice -practice, do 4-5 manes like that 5-6 days a week and you'll get good too!

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