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post #81 of 95 Old 09-26-2012, 10:30 PM
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There is always someone who makes a "profound" statement that winds up in print. Recently I read that the bridle path should be scissored rather than clipped. The reason being the clippers create an uncomfortable stubble whereas the bristles from scissoring will lie down. My question is, how the hell would someone know if the stubble under the bridle is uncomfortable? Or do they just think they know?
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post #82 of 95 Old 09-27-2012, 07:49 PM
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The choice is yours...

Bridle paths are necessary when you are showing a horse. They are also very functional, and make tacking up easier. However, I find it beautiful when a horse is natural in every way. Scruffy manes and long whiskers seem so organic.
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There is always someone who makes a "profound" statement that winds up in print. Recently I read that the bridle path should be scissored rather than clipped. The reason being the clippers create an uncomfortable stubble whereas the bristles from scissoring will lie down. My question is, how the hell would someone know if the stubble under the bridle is uncomfortable? Or do they just think they know?
Well, I don't know, but just like back in the '70s when riding without a saddle pad was a trend in the show ring, it seemed very uncomfortable for me, so I never did it. I didn't know if it was or not, but it just makes me feel better. :P Didn't mean to offend anyone.
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Bridle paths are necessary when you are showing a horse. They are also very functional, and make tacking up easier. However, I find it beautiful when a horse is natural in every way. Scruffy manes and long whiskers seem so organic.

No they are not necessary when showing. I have been showing for almost 2 decades and do not cut a bridle path. It is also no more functional then a well trained mane. Actually less as you have to keep it clipped.
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post #85 of 95 Old 09-28-2012, 12:17 PM
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It's simple enough to part the hair where the bridle goes, I don't see a path being necessary and LOVE my horses natural manes. Bushy long and unruly!
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I also don't do them because I want them to have more hair to shake flies off with. Just a personal preference. There's nothing wrong with having one, I just don't do them.
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Sometimes trimming a bridle path depends on how thick the mane is. Even one just a little wider than the poll strap can make a big difference when bridling if the mane is quite thick and long.
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I wasn't tying to make a fuss over what others do. I was just trying explain that horses don't have nerve endings like we do in hair follicles so the stubble shouldn't be a factor as far as feeling weird.

I could care less what others do as far as bridle or saddle paths :)

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My boy currently has a (mangled) bridle path but I'm planning on letting most of it grow out. I try to avoid doing things strictly for vanity reasons, but I want him to have a thicker forelock. I scissor it because I don't own a set of clippers, don't show, and don't want to deal with desensitizing my horse to them for no reason.

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post #90 of 95 Old 11-14-2012, 12:16 AM
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All our horses get bridle paths. It makes it way easier then having to deal with mane that gets bulged up and tangled.

And it is no different then a man with a buzz cut wearing a ball cap.

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