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  • Does a bridle path hurt a horse
  • Saddle path and bridle path on horses manes

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    12-02-2011, 12:28 AM
  #31
Showing
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Originally Posted by jacyisneat    
remember, horses can't feel any part of their mane.
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    12-02-2011, 06:07 AM
  #32
Trained
Monty's hogged, Satin's got a bridle path which is growing out. I will re-do their bridle paths when I get a new pair of trimmers (mine died).

The horse's mane is hair. Just like us, cutting the hair doesn't hurt them at all. A correctly fitting and well-cared-for bridle won't bother the horse at all even with a bridle path that is growing out. But the leather or PVC or biothane MUST be clean and supple!!

The difference, really, between a horse's mane and a human's hair, is that the horse's follicles will release the hair. That's why pulling a mane correctly and when the horse is warm (and the follicles are therefore open) does not hurt the horse. Some horses find it irritating but it doesn't hurt. Same goes for clipping the bridle path. And they do get used to it.

For me it's a practicality thing, my horses have ALWAYS had bridle paths. If I had a horse of a breed you're not supposed to trim, I would only trim the width of the bridle or halter's crown piece - but I would still do it!
     
    12-02-2011, 06:33 AM
  #33
Banned
I don't do any of mine. First, they all have fairly thin manes to start with, second I don't show, third, they only wear halters when I'm working with them.

They do all have relatively short pulled manes, so it's just not a big deal to part the mane and pull the forelock foreward.

In general I would say not to do a bridle path unless you can maintain it, nothing looks worse than the inch tall mohawk at the bridle path.

I can see that if your horse had a thick mane or if the mane was worn long, it might be better to maintain a bridle path, but for me it's just not worth it.
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    12-02-2011, 09:52 AM
  #34
Trained
I love the look of a horse with clipped ears and bridle path but I don't do mine anymore though. I figure that the hair is there to help keep flies away. The bridle works fine with the natural mane. If I decide to go for looks, then I will start clipping again. For that matter, I don't even color my hair these days...........
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    12-02-2011, 11:43 AM
  #35
Green Broke
Horses do not have nerve endings in the hair follicle like we do, so I don't think it is a matter of comfort for the horse.

Clipping bridle paths is a matter of preference and what is popular with your breed and discipline.
     
    12-02-2011, 11:54 AM
  #36
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
Clipping bridle paths is a matter of preference and what is popular with your breed and discipline.
Hm, well either way it's a good desensitizing tool.

I used to never clip bridle paths.. I didn't know what the difference was. I think I'm just going to let it grow out. I can always clip it again if it needs to be (shows etc.)
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    12-02-2011, 01:53 PM
  #37
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Hm, well either way it's a good desensitizing tool.

I used to never clip bridle paths.. I didn't know what the difference was. I think I'm just going to let it grow out. I can always clip it again if it needs to be (shows etc.)
I agree, all my personal horses are "clipper broke".

It is traditional where we live to cut a small bridle path, a saddle path and cavy mark.
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    12-02-2011, 02:07 PM
  #38
Showing
A saddle path? That is so strange... I've never heard of that before!

What they say about learning new things everyday is so true :P
     
    12-02-2011, 02:24 PM
  #39
Showing
Now I'm curious...What in the world is a "cavy mark"?
     
    12-02-2011, 03:21 PM
  #40
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I assume it is where the caveson sits.
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