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  • Dressage horse manes
  • Long manes on dressage horses

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    12-08-2012, 08:51 PM
Manes in Dressage

Sorry the pic is so big. Look at that gorgeous mane. I would like to show her eventually in dressage, but I just hate that she has to lose most of her mane. Why do they make us do that?
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    12-08-2012, 10:48 PM
Maybe you could do a french braid/running braid (idk if that's what it's officially called) instead. I know quite a few horses with lovely long manes that are braided that way for shows.

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    12-09-2012, 07:18 AM
I vote running braid..

I do a running braid on my mare. Originally, I had wanted to cut her mane and do the button braids. Every running braid I'd ever seen was horrible. But I started researching it, and you can do a extremely neat running braid. AND, the plus side, I can do a fantastic looking running braid in about 5 minutes.

I attached an image of the braid I did for a schooling show. I didn't use any goop, or gel, to hold it in place and this was hours after I'd done the braid.

I also had a trainer suggest that you could braid their forelock backward into their mane, therefore removing the need to clip the bridle path. I haven't tried that.

Examples of other horses with running braids:
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    12-09-2012, 07:34 AM
Forgot to add -
There's nothing in the rules stating you have to do one certain braid over another.

It appears your mare is Andalusian(?) and in my opinion it's socially acceptable in dressage circles to have the long mane on that breed. Same with Friesians, Arabs, or Morgans. I doubt anyone would bat an eye if you choose to keep the mane long and show with a running braid instead of button braids.
    12-09-2012, 08:00 AM
Running braids are beautiful when well done -Core, those pics are beautiful! - and are perfectly acceptable.

Your mare is gorgeous. Start practicing!! Here's a video I found:
    12-09-2012, 08:05 AM
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Gorgeous girl DressageDreamer. I hope you come back and post pics of her with her running braid.
    12-09-2012, 09:22 AM
I just do a french running braid with my Arab. I do show jumping where you have to pull the mane short, but since I don't do any of the A shows with him I can just braid his mane =]

It's not a very good braid (we were just playing around, haha) but he has a decently thick mane and it can hold a braid well.
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    12-10-2012, 06:20 PM
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I do a running braid with my horse, too. I only do local shows, but even if/when we get higher level, I'm not sure anyone's going to convince me to cut my horse's mane short enough for button braids, ever.

He's also a half-Andalusian, but I'd feel the same no matter what breed he was

    12-11-2012, 09:08 AM
I used to do a lattice on my Shire-TB cross. You can see the amount of mane I had to deal with if you look at her pictures in my "barn." The lattice looks like this: (not my horse; haven't shown since 2002 and have no digital pictures ).

I found it far easier to do than a running braid, which I was crap at, even though it looks more complicated. These were common with many of the Spanish horses, Arabs, Morgans, Friesians, etc on the dressage circuits a decade or so ago. It was also much easier to do than button braids, which I was also crap at, and more importantly, I didn't have to torture my horse by pulling her mane off.

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