Inspired by tayahswirl's topic on pulling, I decided to start this topic. How do you shorten your horse's mane?
It always seems to be a question on my lips whenever show season comes around but everyone I talk to has a different answer. Some people just tell me to pull it, some people say band then scissors, and other people tell me to use scissors, then band, then use the edge of a bot knife or an old blade from a pair of clippers. It never gets resolved and every year I'm back at the show wondering how to approach it.
What I really need is for people experienced in large shows and all-nighter grooming marathons to give me advice. I usually end up with some combination of the techniques mentioned above but the mane never really reaches that "win picture perfect" look. You all know what I'm talking about, when the mane just blends perfectly wherever your horses head is at, and it doesn't have that dreaded cut look.
I do ride western so I need someone who has done this with banding. I know banding takes less time than braiding but you english people might not know the hell of trying to make the mane even down the neck so that it's both natural looking and short.