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post #41 of 95 Old 12-02-2011, 06:38 PM
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Saddle path, the mane hair is clipped off the withers where the pad sits.

Cavvy mark are notches left in the mane to indicate the horses level of training.

Snaffle bit, shaved clean no notch.
Two rein, 2 notches about an inch or apart.
Bridle horse, one notch.

This is/was done for a couple of reasons...

If you have your ranch horses turned out on the desert you can tell them apart from a Mustang.

Also if there is a lot of cowboys coming and going the new guy when he gets his string cut to him can tell what he needs to ride his horses in.

In the pictures below, you could walk out and see my black horse is in the bridle because he has one notch.(His needs to be redone, it is a little overgrown) And my bay colt is in a snaffle because he has no notches. I don't have anything in the two rein so I can't show you that.
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That is so weird! But super cool...
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How fascinating!! That is certainly an interesting and effective way to keep that info clear .

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I use a scissors to cut my bridal path.. Just enough for the bridle to fit. No more. I like my horse to have as much mane as possible =)
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That is so cool about the saddle path ;)
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Non of my horses have bridle paths not will they ever have one. There is no need for one either.
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Cavvy marks: how to tell a horse's training by mane markings

That is too cool :) Thanks again Cowgirl
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Now if only someone who explain the distincitions between snaffle bit horse, two rein horse, and made bridle horse to us clueless English riders....
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I do not clip a bridle path. And I had a person tell me that if you didn't clip a bridle path it makes the horse crazy because it makes the bridle pinch them.. seriously? Maybe they need to check their equipment.
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i do not clip a bridle path. And I had a person tell me that if you didn't clip a bridle path it makes the horse crazy because it makes the bridle pinch them.. seriously? Maybe they need to check their equipment.
After reading all the replies and thinking about it, yeah you should check the equipment but I doubt a pinching bridle is the culprit *shrug* but I could be wrong. Lots of other posters don't clip the bridle paths and their horses are fine :)
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