09-02-2013, 05:12 PM
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Is it disrespectful to show a horse with a roached mane in English classes?
My mare works 5-6 days a week outside, and sweats under her mane. Braiding it up removes the problem, but is time-consuming before every outing and she has a variety of rubbed spots in the mane that make it look uneven when braided; I braid the section sizes the same, but there are braids that are thin next to braids that are thick! I wouldn't mind shaving it off and letting it grow back in, but we have a show in November for training level Dressage and w/t/c Equitation + Equitation over fences. It's a local show, I can't find anything in the rulebook they have in regards to mane and tails other than that no fake tails are allowed. Would shaving the mane off be considered too unsightly?