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At one time or another many of us (at least the female of us) have tried to trim our own bangs
. Chances are without good instruction, we ended up with a jagged, uneven fringe. A banged horse tail is one that is cut off horizontally, so the tail hair ends just below the hocks. I like the look of a banged horse tail. But just like trimming your own bangs it's easy to make a mess of a banged tail too, if you're not careful. The easiest mistake to make is cutting off too much of the tail hair. I wish I could bang Trillium's tail, but it's far too skimpy and would end up too short. But if your horse's tail is long and you want it too look very polished, you may want to try banging it. How to Bang Your Horse's Tail
describes how to put this finishing touch on your horse's tail.
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I recently shortened and pulled Trillium's mane. I think it looks nicer that way and doesn't get in the way when I ride. Some people dislike pulled manes and prefer their horse's manes be left natural. The downside of a pulled mane is that the horse is left with a little less fly and weather protection. The downside of a natural mane is the time it takes to groom a mane and tail and of course the mess it can become if your horse finds a patch of burrs. Which do you like; natural or pulled manes?