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post #1 of 5 Old 01-22-2011, 03:49 AM Thread Starter
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English showing and mane

Might be a dumb question...
I'm going to be putting my pinto in english classes this summer mainly wtc and POSSIBLY some small jumping...I evened ou his mane when I got him in september to about 4 inches. It's since grown out to about 5 1/2-6. I prefer it longer..
For english shows...does his mane HAVE to be braided. Is it a points off if it's not? And what are possible options in styles to braid.
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Umm well we usually do button braids for English it looks so cute ummm I would say braid the horses mane or make it so you can not braid it like that short is what I usually see
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That's what I figured. I went to a jumping show today(soo thankful to live next door to a national equestrian center) and literally every horse I saw had the 3-4 inch mane.
So braid it is! Thank you!
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-23-2011, 03:02 AM
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If it's just fun schooling shows, you don't have to braid. If you are doing show jumping you don't have to braid, if you are doing hunter/jumpers i think you have to braid and same for EQ. For dressage you do have to braid. If you like a longer mane you could do either a diamond braid, running braid, or something of the sorts.

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-23-2011, 12:04 PM
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Well, braided manes are very common as well as popular in the show mane, but I have ridden with one horse's mane pulled to about two to three inches long and my other left natural (since his mane doesn't grow past about three inches... it sticks up but lays down towards the front, giving him a complimentary arch... that is natural!) but I think you may be counted off for a long mane at shows... however, I have braided a long mane with success. You may get some pretty big braids though! I was bored one day so I combed out my Fox Trotter's mane and braided it (his mane is about seven inches long) and they turned out making him look like quite a flashly black Warmblood! (He is built like a Thoroughbred). The braids weren't as small and tight as most jumpers', but they looked like your typical braided dressage mane.

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