Does your horse have a bridle path?

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Does your horse have a bridle path?

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View Poll Results: Does your horse have a bridle path?
Yes 65 64.36%
No 25 24.75%
Maybe so 11 10.89%
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    05-06-2010, 03:23 AM
Does your horse have a bridle path?

Do you clip a bridle path on your horse(s)? Explain why you do or don't.

I don't, purely for aethetic reasons. I prefer a more natural look and would hate to take away any part of my horse's already small-ish forelock. What I do instead is neatly part her mane and then bridle/halter her over that. Her mane isn't overly thick or long so this works fine for us.
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    05-06-2010, 03:32 AM
I have an arab so his bridle path is about 6 inches long as per breed standards.
Even if he was a stock horse or a mut, he'd still have a bridle path, just not that long. I just think it makes a horse look neater to have a nicely trimmed bridle path and a nicely brushed mane. Doesn't have to be pulled or anything, just brushed. It can make a world of a difference in a presentation class as well.
It's also easier to position the bridle and halter if there's a place for it rather than fighting with a ton of extra mane so it sits comfortably.
    05-06-2010, 04:11 AM
I used to never use them but now I use them all the time.
I might not clip my next horse if he/she has really nice hair and looks great without it, but usually I prefer it because it is a lot easier to do up my halters and bridles.
I was very tempted to select "maybe so" on the poll, by the way, hahaha
    05-06-2010, 04:58 AM
^ Haha, I figured some "rebels" might like that choice. Or if maybe you have a mohawk bridle path or only half of your horses have them?
    05-06-2010, 05:29 AM
I always cut/clip a bridle and saddle path for my horses. I do it for comfort and because it looks nice and neat.
    05-06-2010, 06:27 AM
Nope she doesnt need one - her manes quite thin and sit split naturally...

I would do it if her mane was thicker
    05-06-2010, 06:52 AM
My mare has a bridle path the length of her ear, per MFT breed standards. She needs it for showing, it looks neater, it makes putting the halter and bridle on easier (her mane is really thick and it would be a pain otherwise), and her mane looks longer without the shorter hairs in the front.

My gelding's mane is roached.
    05-06-2010, 07:22 AM
Oof, no, it would look horrible on my gelding. It's not something you do to Icelandics
    05-06-2010, 07:22 AM
Yep I always cut a bridle path. Drives me crazy bridling horses who have mane going everywhere getting tangled in the bridle!! It looks so much neater, is more convenient and makes plaiting easier also.
    05-06-2010, 07:31 AM
I always clip a path. I like the look but, more importantly, it bother's me to have their mane rubbed under the bridle.

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