Looking good makes us feel good – a nice hairdo, trimmed nails, a razor here and there. And while horses probably prefer mud-covered coats and long manes, their humans love seeing them look sharp too – not necessarily show-ring ready, just well turned-out. Think of it as cosmetic grooming. Professional freelance groomer Amanda Geerlinks knows all about making horses pretty, with equine clients ranging from top-tier competitors to beloved pets. Here, she helps us take grooming to the next level while keeping the horse’s comfort front of mind. Mane Pulling Shortening, evening out and thinning the mane by pulling hairs. Pros • Makes the mane easier to braid or band for showing. • Can create the illusion of a longer neck. • Mane is less likely to tangle, so requires less maintenance. • Helps keep rider’s hands and reins free of hair. Cons • Many horses find it uncomfortable and…

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