So I'm growing my mares mane, it's quite thick so I'm looking forward to having a beautiflong mane like she had when she was wild. However, in the mean time her mane is to long to plait into balls, but too short to do an arab plait. What do I do if I go to dressage? I don't like it pulled sorry because she looks more appy than araby. Not sure how she has a thick mane with two pb parents of those breeds.
If you don't want to pull it and it's not long enough to do a running braid or similar (not sure what an arab braid is exactly) then you can just leave it down for dressage. Even though it is the common practice, braiding is not required by dressage rules. Just make sure it's as presentable as possible: bridle path clipped (if you do so), tangle free, and trimmed as needed to create a neat appearance.
Oh, I thought it was the rules in dressage? An arab plait is a French plait from the head of the horse to the withers from the base of the mane at the neck. That's what it's called here from what I know of it.
I would put it in a running plait (never heard of an Arab plait before, also in the UK ), just because in my opinion, having the horse tidy is a matter of respect, even if it isn't the rules. There's more than enough mane there to do a running plait, as long as you keep it tight to the neck, like this (my friend's handiwork, not mine):
^^^There's something for you to work towards Mady - don't forget to take pics to show us your progress towards getting it perfect
The friend who did that plait is terrifyingly good at them, she can bang one out like that in about ten minutes She does work at a Friesian specialist when she's not at uni though, so I guess she has to be!