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post #1 of 10 Old 06-26-2012, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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bridle path for TWH

Would you believe I can find nothing on the internet about clipping a bridle path on TWH. Lots of info on how to do it, but nothing about length. Can anyone help? Thanks
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-26-2012, 02:37 PM
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Are you talking about for show or just around the barn type maintenance? I never clip more than I need for the halter or bridle to sit even for my walker, but we do not show so it's not such a big deal for me.
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Are you talking about for show or just around the barn type maintenance? I never clip more than I need for the halter or bridle to sit even for my walker, but we do not show so it's not such a big deal for me.
I don't show either but somehow I think it's an ear length. Lay the ear back and clip forward from whereever the tip of the ear ends on the mane. If you're showing don't quote me on that, check with TWHBEA's rules.

I use the ear length method on my two with thinner manes. The third TWH has such a thick mane, about 1/3 of it flops over both sides of his neck. I clip just enough area to comfortably fit his face mask and grazing muzzle which, in turn, leaves ample room for his bridle

This OT but it's interesting trivia. The two TWH's with the thinner manes both have tails that drag the ground; one by about six inches the other about three inches. The TWH with all that thick and below his shoulder mane has a tail that's lacks hitting the ground by about two inches
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While most show horses in the United States have a short bridle path (a bridle path less than six inches long or equal in length to the height of the horse's ear is a common rule of thumb), saddle seat horses often have a bridle path 8 to 12 inches long, depending on current fashion.
Additionally, double check your specific show rings rules, because the length of the bridle path does vary between breeds and whether you are showing in 3 gait, 5 gait, speed racking, etc.

Think of it not as a failure but as a success in how not to do it.

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If I can remember right, I don't think is any specific length it should be. I trim my mares different lengths, and they havent said a word about hers. But, im not exactly sure if there is in face a length.
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Been a long time since I went to a show but they were trimming back a foot when I did go. I just trail ride and hate getting mane tangled in my bridle so clip it back a couple inches. The wife then gets involved and takes it back 6 inches because that looks better to her even though she doesn't clip our other gelding that she rides.
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Been a long time since I went to a show but they were trimming back a foot when I did go. I just trail ride and hate getting mane tangled in my bridle so clip it back a couple inches. The wife then gets involved and takes it back 6 inches because that looks better to her even though she doesn't clip our other gelding that she rides.
I know there's some humor in that comment - lol lol The wife is always right - lollollol

As far as clipping that doesn't involve show rules, I think it should be what looks best on that horse.

I could never picture my TWH with the mane that hangs on both sides, clipped back an ear's worth. He is also a lot thicker-built than the other two TWH's which, I think, would not show his neck as attractively. I dunno - I'm nearsighted so I could be seeing things all wrong

When my Arab was young I used to clip his mane back nearly a foot and he looked exceptionally handsome. He's now 26 and doesn't quite possess the sinewy neck of his youth but still has a thick and long mane. I clip him an ear's worth and he still looks quite striking
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That is the point of clipping it back farther, to show off the neck. And I have seen some exceptionally pretty necks on TWH's. But they are also bred with a higher set neck so it shows off differently as well.

Think of it not as a failure but as a success in how not to do it.

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I haven't showed my walkers in years and even then only in fun shows but we always used the ear length rule.
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Thanks everyone. I did clip almost an ear length. His mane is fairly thick and the part that I clipped went between his ears rather than hang down. He appeared to have a very thick forelock. One that was gone, I narrowed his forelock between his ears. That changed the look of his ears and eyes - handsome devil looked even better. Lol.
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