Just wondering what everybody else does with their horse's mane. I know dressage judges want the tack and apperance to be very classy and minimal, but I finally have a horse with a nice mane, and I kinda wanna keep it long. Any suggestions?
I showed a QH with a long mane in a dressage show once. Running braids are really tacky unless you have a fresian, andalusian or other baroque breed. So I did regular "dressage" braids on it. It took a lot of thread and patience but I got them to look good and stay in.
I also used to have a complex about keeping manes long, until my dressage coach sat me down and said that if I wanted to do dressage I'd have to suck it up and then proceeded to chop off my horse's mane. Now I think it looks tacky for a dressage horse to have a long mane, and it is so much easier to have a pulled mane to braid.
I like the looks of sewn in flat braids, but my horses get a lot of turnout time, on top of being bug magnets, so their manes stay long for the fly protection it offers. I've tried doing button braids, but they come out looking bulky and stupid because of the long hair. I end up doing a running braid the morning of the show. Running braids are really making a comeback in my area, I see them on all breeds of horses in almost every English class, even here in QH Land, lol.
I like what Scoutrider stated! I am done trimming my horse's beautiful mane - a longer mane does help ward off mean flies. It ultimately depends on how thick the mane is, but button braids are my favorite. The running braid looks great as well, and I don't think we should reserve it for only certain breeds.