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post #1 of 16 Old 04-03-2009, 02:00 AM Thread Starter
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Bridle Path?

Right now the horse I'm getting doesn't have a bridle path. So I'm just curious as to why should a horse need a bridle path? Like what if I don't have her have one? Is that ok?
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post #2 of 16 Old 04-03-2009, 02:07 AM
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It's completely ok! I don't know the for sure reasons or terms as to why they are needed except for the bridle to lay better, but my horse didn't have one for the longest time, but I just starting cutting it oh about 6 months ago just for the heck of it. Sorry don't have a good answer for you , but it's definitely ok not to have one.
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post #3 of 16 Old 04-03-2009, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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oh ok. I just didn't know if it would get tangled or anything like that. Well thanks :). I'll keep it long then :) :).
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Ya you don't have to cut it, my horses mane is short and thin so I don't bother but since I might show her this year I think I will. It looks better when showing because its proper grooming for most horses anyways.. It does help when bridling and such because you're not moving the hair away and stuff either or having it tangle. Its up to you.
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post #5 of 16 Old 04-03-2009, 03:17 AM
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I really only bother giving a bridle path to my minis, Arab, and half Arab, as those breeds get a large bridle path. Occasionally I do with my TB when showing him. I don't do it on my Fell, but BOY would it be easier to get it to look nice lol! All that hair going everywhere, well it DOES get in the way ;) So instead of a bridle path (not done in his breed) I just keep his forelock braided to help seperate it from the rest of his mane. So it's definitely up to you :)
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post #6 of 16 Old 04-03-2009, 07:12 AM
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I really prefer bridle paths on my horses because then I don't have to mess with splitting the mane in just the right spot to get the bridle and mane to lay right and look okay. When I cut my horses bridle path though, I try to keep it only about twice as wide as the bridle. However, my Dad doesn't cut any of his. It is all a matter of preferance unless you are showing.

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Ya I agree, I keep my bridle path shorter as well. But I was told the proper way is to have it the length of the ear if folded back. Don't know if that's true or not, just what I was told. Mine's about an inch or two off.
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Ya I agree, I keep my bridle path shorter as well. But I was told the proper way is to have it the length of the ear if folded back. Don't know if that's true or not, just what I was told. Mine's about an inch or two off.
that's interesting about the ear, I'll have to measure now
I trim Vida's because her mane is very thick and long. Fras on the other hand has a thin shorter mane so none for her. Plus my husband had a fit when I cut his "cowboy horses" hair in a girlie cut
So it is a personal thing if your not showing.


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post #9 of 16 Old 04-03-2009, 07:36 PM
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Ya I agree, I keep my bridle path shorter as well. But I was told the proper way is to have it the length of the ear if folded back.
That's how I always did it too. I just like the look of a bridle path.

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post #10 of 16 Old 04-03-2009, 08:46 PM
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Ya thunder's mane is soooo thick, that once I cut it I was like wow that is much better! Haha

Maureen that is so cute about your hubby's horse!!! Hahaha
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