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  • Cutting horses mane for showing
  • Long mane trends for hunter jumpers

 
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    02-18-2009, 05:21 PM
  #11
Showing
Lots of shows have trends and some have rules regarding the mane length but other than that, it is just a matter of taste. I prefer horses with long natural manes because it protects them from insects in the summer and helps to keep them warm in the winter (plus, they look cool). Some people prefer the cleaner appearance and low maintenance of a shorter mane. No burrs, knots, etc.
     
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    02-18-2009, 06:24 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by toosleepy    
the mane looks great, I luck out and just make sure mine is long enough to braid.
My horses mane only gets braided once a year, at the Congress. So I don't have to worry about that too often. =] that's one nice thing about doing all around.
     
    02-18-2009, 06:34 PM
  #13
Started
My mare's mane grows SO fast so I cut it b/c there was no way I was going to pull that LONG THICK mane ... so I cut it and then pulled it once it was shorter to thin/even it out ... I am not showing her right now so she isn't in perfect condition :) it's getting long again
     
    02-19-2009, 08:38 PM
  #14
Weanling
To me it really depends on the horse my old appy gets roached it fits him better my barrel horse I don't touch his mane unless he rubs it out horribly and my paint ohohhh I love his mane its sooo long and getting longer
I just have a hard time because trends come and go with showing like other things and I don't wanna wait for it to grow back if short manes go out style
     
    02-20-2009, 12:16 AM
  #15
Showing
With Cobalt it's because of his breeding that I leave his mane the way it is. Prior to owning I mainly had tbs so they always had their manes pulled (took forever, hated doing it).
With my monkey, I'm going to taking a look at the rule book but I think I'll be doing a running braid for shows. I think my trainer is going to murder me for even considering doing it but there is no way I am touching his mane and as I posted because of his breeding I can get away with it.
     
    02-22-2009, 12:20 AM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by bgood400    
I know some people are really against cutting a horses mane but I don't really understand why? I show AQHA and we cut our horses manes all the time for shows. Is it just other disiplines that doesnt beleive in cutting a horses mane?

This is how I do my horses mane for shows:
ahaha I agree I think horses look dirty when they have a long mane. Btw I love how you band I cannot do it to save my life! My friends always do it for me casue I put in the tails. I was at a show recently and the place we keep my horse at they have Paso Fino's and show at nationals and stuff like that , anyways they came to the show and I always cut her mane right before I go in becasue it was like 3 inches, so I go to cut it and they FREAK OUT! I was like "what?" and they were like I can't belive you cut her mane so short, ahahaha it was about the length of the one pictured above lol.
     
    02-22-2009, 12:49 AM
  #17
Trained
To me it depends upon the horse, but I love a roached mane when it suits the horse. It looks clean and neat. Almost Schmexy!!
     
    02-22-2009, 05:19 PM
  #18
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Junebug    
ahaha I agree I think horses look dirty when they have a long mane. Btw I love how you band I cannot do it to save my life! My friends always do it for me casue I put in the tails. I was at a show recently and the place we keep my horse at they have Paso Fino's and show at nationals and stuff like that , anyways they came to the show and I always cut her mane right before I go in becasue it was like 3 inches, so I go to cut it and they FREAK OUT! I was like "what?" and they were like I can't belive you cut her mane so short, ahahaha it was about the length of the one pictured above lol.
thats not my horse its just a random picture I found, but my bands do look exactly like that. The only bad thing is that I am sort of a perfectionist when it comes to that sort of thing, so it takes me an hr + to band!
     
    03-10-2009, 12:49 AM
  #19
Started
I keep Daisy's long and trimmed straight. I like the length, but I hate it when it's uneven along the bottom.

But my Palomino has a loooong, wavy mane, and soI leave Blondie's natural - she looks so pretty with it natural.
     
    03-10-2009, 09:53 PM
  #20
Foal
For hunter/jumper we pull manes. Cutting makes all the hairs exactly the same length and 1) I don't think it looks that great. 2) It's hard to do if the horse has a thick mane and, 3) when all the hairs are the same length it makes it a lot harder to braid for shows. (hunter braids). I know that a lot of the Jumpers get their manes cut because they stay longer and don't have to be braided.
     

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