So, I am going to start to show Candy this summer. I am hoping to do dressage and maybe try some jumpers, eventing, and possibly do some hunters. I would only be doing lower level stuff. The main thing worrying me right now is Candy has a crazy mane and I can't pull it. She freaks out, throwing her head up, pulling back if tied or running off if held, and I am sure she would rear if she got provoked enough. She is getting her teeth done soon, so I am going to try to pull it when she is still drugged up afterwards. I wouldn't be surprised if she still managed to do something though. I "cut" her mane with a Solo Comb two months ago, but its so thick I can't back comb it enough to thin it out. Here is her mane... it is about 4-5 inches tall and two inches thick.
And yes, it really is 4 inches tall and sticks straight up.
In the middle it gets so thick when its long it flops over onto the right side of her neck, but otherwise its more onto the left side. I am really thinking about roaching/hogging her mane right now cause its such a mess. Do you guys think she would look okay with her maned roached? Hogged? Have you ever seen people showing in dressage, jumpers, eventing, or hunters with a roached or hogged mane? What do you think would look best? I also suck at braiding and would love to avoid paying someone to do it for me. Thanks guys..