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post #1 of 12 Old 05-14-2011, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Smile to pull or not to pull??

Hey guys! i wasn't sure where to put this but this seemed like a good spot. sorry if it's not

I have a NSH (1/2 Arab, 1/2 Saddlebred) that I will be showing in jumping, dressage, hunter under saddle, etc.

My question is should I keep her beautiful long mane or not? I know how to do a running braid for dressage shows and NSH shows but I've heard that you CANNOT have a running braid in hunter shows. Can you have hunter braids in NSH shows? I will not be showing until next summer with her (she's a greenie) but I just wanted to know what you guys thought?
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-14-2011, 08:39 PM
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I really dislike long manes, no matter how well maintained they are. I think a neat, pulled mane looks good on every horse.

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thanks! do you know if its ok to have hunter braids at 1/2 arab shows and NSH shows?
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I've no idea. I would expect they probably have their rule books posted online though for either organization and you could probably find it in there.

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I'm sorry can't help with the rules and regulations, I only ride dressage and then I do a running braid for my Arab. I simply wouldn't show in an event that made me pull her mane, I love long manes on my Haflingers and my Arab. My Appy though is pulled because it suits him.
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i personally think pulled manes look funny. they end up growing in uneven. long well maintained manes look very gorgeous to me. i "fish net" the mane. idk if thats the real term for it and idk what your allowed to wear it in. (i like to make it go farther then it is in the pic.) i'm pretty sure it for dressage though. i also think the little braids that are "tied " at the crest of the neck look good. (looked up correct term. its hunter braids) ill try to find pics of each. i honestly don't know what they accept. i show but they don't really care as long as it looks good. but shows aren't for specific horse breeds/registry.
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I'm not extremely familiar with NHS', but my understanding is that they are traditionally turned out with a full mane. In light of that, I'd keep it long as would be appropriate for her breed/type.

Flat or occasionally button braids are definitely the tradition and the norm in the hunter ring, and depending on the judge you may be knocked for a full mane. I showed in hunt seat classes, including Grooming and Showmanship (uber emphasis on correct turnout) with a Morgan mix in a running braid without a problem or any funny comments. I don't do shows of any great scale, but in my local area running braids are pretty well accepted in 4-H and open shows.

Ultimately, it depends on how far you want to go in the hunter world. If you're looking to dabble, I would go with the full mane unless you really love the pulled look. If you're looking to make a mark in the hunter ring, it's best to stay traditional and pull for some neat sewn-in flat braids. NSH hunter classes may make allowances because of the breed turnout standard, but I honestly don't know for sure.

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post #8 of 12 Old 05-14-2011, 10:26 PM
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Both Arabians and Saddlebred are Shown with long manes I would asume the same would go for NSHs as well.

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i havent herd anything of not being able to show them braided, if your horse was mine i wouldnt even be considering it I love long manes i actually work hard on my horses to have it as long as posible and i only pull if its absolutely necesary beside a pulled mane on an arab?? for meit takes part of ther personality but thats just my opinion
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post #10 of 12 Old 05-15-2011, 12:44 AM
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I'm not a huge fan of pulled manes, they're way too much upkeep. My mare has a long mane, whenever we show I always put it in either a running braid or button braids. Another idea if you don't want to deal with a long mane is just give him a roached mane.
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