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post #1 of 7 Old 05-21-2008, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Grooming of Welsh/Arab cross

Hi everybody!
I am new to this forum and have enjoyed reading the posts. I have a question regarding my welsh/arab pony. (who is the best ever!!)
I know that some breed standards dictate how a horse or pony should be groomed but I have been able to find guidelines for welsh crosses. I guess she is technically known as a Welara Pony. Anyways, she has moderately heavy feathering on her legs- should this be clipped? Also, ideas on mane and tail- I prefer to keep them long but the barn I board at is full of thoroughbreds and the other boarders and barn owner keep suggesting that I pull her mane. Any thoughts? I would appreciate any guidance since I am somewhat lost on this!
Thank you so much!
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-21-2008, 06:05 PM
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Hey Tiffany!

I have no idea what the standards are, but unless you are showing her I would keep what you like! I would love to see pictures!

BTW my name is Tiffanny! (With 2 n's)
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-22-2008, 08:32 AM
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i think it depends too (if you are showing) where you are showing her.

a half-arabian class would probably = clipped feathers and pulled mane.

a welsh class/pony class would probably encourage them to be left long, although i think the mane is always up and secured somehow (??)

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post #4 of 7 Old 05-22-2008, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hi thanks for the ideas!
I am planning on doing some small classes this summer (just for fun) twilight dressage and maybe equitation over fences...
I grew up riding and showing but after a bad fall I quit. I am just starting again... I came across Secret who needed me and together we are getting back into it. So needless to say horsing it as an adult is much different than as a child!
here is one picture of her (the only one I have at work) she is my baby!!
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-22-2008, 02:00 PM
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OH... my... She is really pretty! I LOVE her huge kind eyes! I think she looks really cute with the braided main! I have no Idea of the standards you are looking for tho... I'd leave here looking just like that!

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

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post #6 of 7 Old 05-23-2008, 04:24 AM
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Leave the feathers long and keep her main natural. For dressage, the running arab plait is acceptable. For halter classes, it can be left loose, done in an arab plait, or done up in individual ones (look up pictures of welshies done up to show) You can bang her tail as long as it is still long.

Parafin oil on the feathers is a great way to keep them soft and stain free.
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-25-2008, 01:21 AM
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maybe we could see a full body pic of her?
that would help us be able to tell better.

from what i can see of the face i'll say this:

LEAVE her mane and tail. arabs and welsh both have long mane in the show rings, so thats not a big deal.

her feathering:
from what i can tell from her FACE i would say trim the legs.
but i would need to see her body, if her body is more arab-like then i would trim them. if she resembles the welsh more, then i would leave the feathering.


You can tell a gelding, you can ask a mare, but you must discuss it with a stallion.
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