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    07-27-2012, 05:35 PM
Bridle Paths

How far should you typically clip a bridle path for showing?
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    07-27-2012, 05:42 PM
What breed? It varies.
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    07-27-2012, 05:44 PM
I have a quarter horse/paint
    07-28-2012, 01:27 PM
A good rule is to lay the ear against the neck and clip to where the tip touched. You can go a little longer or shorter based on how he's built.
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    07-28-2012, 01:31 PM
I would- I feel like it gives a more polished look. To me it says "Hey Judge, Look at my horse, I cared enough to groom him for You" *Then first places will be Flowing in!!!!
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    07-31-2012, 05:38 AM
I personally stick with the ear rule when showing, but now that I have a horse with a gorgeous mane I keep her bridle path at just a few inches long
    08-01-2012, 07:20 AM
Often the ear method is way too long.

The path really needs to be only just a little wider than the headpiece of the bridle
    08-04-2012, 06:56 PM
I personally stick with the ear rule as welll
    08-05-2012, 02:53 AM
Ear rule here, but I don't show just do it for neatness putting on the bridle and halter. But when others here on the ponderosa showed they used the ear rule but would sometimes adjust to change the look of the neck a little bit.
    08-14-2012, 07:56 PM
Since you have a Quarter Horse the ear rule is probably too long. For them it is supposed to be pretty short. I'd clip about an inch and a half off. I have a Tennessee Walker and it's supposed to be much longer, so I clip around two and a half inches off. All depends on what the show people decide looks great for the decade!

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