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    12-09-2012, 10:01 PM
help with grooming for show

Ok so when you are showing in halter I was told that you have to cut the horses bridle path to the tips of his ears when you lay them back or you get marked down... is this true???
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    12-10-2012, 12:59 AM
It really depends on the breed. You could probably google breed standards for it.
    12-10-2012, 06:30 PM
He is arab/qh
Black/white paint tobiano paint.
    12-10-2012, 07:52 PM
That's actually a bit funny - with arabs, it's a longer cut, with quarter horses it's shorter! What type of showing are you doing? Are you taking him to a Quarter Horse show, an Arab show, or just an all breed show? If it's an all breed show, the ear rule you speak of is perfect.
If it's a Quarter Horse, I'd do just a bit shorter - just enough to get the bridle on with maybe a centimeter left out. For an Arabian show, I'd do maybe an inch or two longer than the ear :)
    12-10-2012, 08:07 PM
Its just an open show, so all breed show really
    12-10-2012, 08:16 PM
I would pick depending on what you think your horse exhibits more primarily in the neck and head region... quarter horse or arab then go with the breed standard for that... Or since it's an open I don't see why you couldn't get away with a regular 3 inches or so... Personally I would just go with the quarter horse standards because I for one HATE cutting my horses mane/tail... Good luck!
    12-10-2012, 08:24 PM
He looks more arab than qh, but his mane is long and pretty I don't think im going to cut it just the reg. 3" should be enough
    12-14-2012, 02:08 PM
I am a H/J and I always do bridle paths about twice the width of the crown on my bridle. I think they look silly too long.

Here is my OTTB's bridle path. Of course his ears are so small they probably would hit just about that spot if I put them back haha.

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