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post #1 of 13 Old 02-17-2011, 03:48 AM Thread Starter
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i'm too scared! (my babies growing up!!)

hey from down under!!
I'm getting into showing now, and my friends mum said I should cut my ponies tail up to her knees and cut the mane real short, my ponies tail is so georgous, and I love the way her forelock just hangs over her eye!!
HELP!!
I don't want my baby to get all cut up!!!!
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-17-2011, 03:56 AM
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One thing is, it's very unusual for someone to cut the horses forelock.

Another thing, if it's your pony, you don't have to do what other people say (in terms of cutting the mane or tail).

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post #3 of 13 Old 02-17-2011, 05:43 AM
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Don't cut her mane! It will end up uneven, thick and stubby. Pull it if you wish to neaten it up. Unless you are showing seriously, then tail length is not really an issue! As long as its neat and tidy. Long tails are beautiful :)
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post #4 of 13 Old 02-17-2011, 02:26 PM
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BRAID THE TAIL! What ever you do DON'T cut it. You can braid it up, it's still out of the way, and your horse has a method of getting rid of flies.

Don't cut the forelock, you can braid that too.(Not sure if you need to braid it separately or into the mane. Look at the showing guidelines)

And if you want your mane to look tidy, PULL it. I've seen cut manes and they look UGLY. If you pull the mane it's also easier to braid BTW.

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What kind of showing are you doing and at what level? You may not need to do these things to your horse depending on the situation. And Like the others said you would never have to cut the forelock anyway, and never cut a mane, just pull it.
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What kind of showing are you doing and at what level? You may not need to do these things to your horse depending on the situation. And Like the others said you would never have to cut the forelock anyway, and never cut a mane, just pull it.
Technically, there is nothing "wrong" with cutting a mane. Some people don't like how it looks and if your horse has a thick mane, it can be a pain to braid. I, personally, love the look of a cut mane. I think it looks very neat and tidy. Of course, I only think this if the mane is around four inches long.

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thanx guys, the only thing is everyone says if your braiding the mane to cut it short, im going to keep it long though :) who cares anyways!!!
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The tail doesn't need to be cut to the hocks - this is a big mistake that a lot of beginners make, they see hacks going around with their tails at the hock, take a pair of scissors to their own horse's tail and cut it to the hock.... they fail to take into account the fact that a horse will carry it's tail while working - so if you cut it to the hock it'll end up way above the hock when the horse starts moving!!
I do think tails look much better, neater and fuller when squared off, being a dressage rider I like my horses' tails to be squared about 1-2inches above the fetlock, and leave the top of the tail natural.

As for manes, if you are needing to plait to show, the mane will need to be pulled or your plaits will turn into big chunky knobs on your horse's neck that will not do it any favours at all.
But please don't cut it! Get someone experienced to show you how to pull a mane. Pulling it just takes some hairs from the bottom of the mane to thin and shorten it, making plaiting much easier and the end result far neater.
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The tail doesn't need to be cut to the hocks - this is a big mistake that a lot of beginners make, they see hacks going around with their tails at the hock, take a pair of scissors to their own horse's tail and cut it to the hock.... they fail to take into account the fact that a horse will carry it's tail while working - so if you cut it to the hock it'll end up way above the hock when the horse starts moving!!
I do think tails look much better, neater and fuller when squared off, being a dressage rider I like my horses' tails to be squared about 1-2inches above the fetlock, and leave the top of the tail natural.

As for manes, if you are needing to plait to show, the mane will need to be pulled or your plaits will turn into big chunky knobs on your horse's neck that will not do it any favours at all.
But please don't cut it! Get someone experienced to show you how to pull a mane. Pulling it just takes some hairs from the bottom of the mane to thin and shorten it, making plaiting much easier and the end result far neater.
But that's just it... i've asked showy ppl, they ll say to cut the mane so the bobs stay nice, neat and small!
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The problem with cutting is that if the horse has a thick mane, the plaits are still going to be bulky. You need to thin the mane to have neat plaits, which is where pulling comes in. Also cutting you can get away with if the mane is thin already, but it's going to look pretty tacky when left unplaited - cutting tends to leave the mane very choppy and 'hacked' looking. Pulling will give you a neater result and still look fairly natural ;)
Are you sure your friends are saying cut it with scissors, do they mean pulling? And are your friends genuine showies that go out and compete officially? I find a lot of pony club kids and beginners in general will cut the mane thinking that's how the more 'experienced' show people get the mane short
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