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View Poll Results: Do you prefer manes to lay on the left or the right?
Left 6 7.23%
Right 42 50.60%
It completely doesn't matter 35 42.17%
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post #21 of 44 Old 12-21-2008, 04:54 AM
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Definitely the right side, but that is only because I was taught that for showing like many people have already stated. I have always had horses with mane on the right or mostly on the right, so the right is just natural to me. I am so used to it being in the right that if it is on the left it just looks odd to me. Both of my horses manes naturally go to the right without any "training" so I just go with it.
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post #22 of 44 Old 12-21-2008, 08:00 AM
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For some reason this makes me think of my mom. She is naturally left handed. Her parents and teachers made her use her right hand. She's now this odd combination of a righty and lefty.
That is what happened to me many years ago. I was forced to be right-handed.

The good end result of that is that I ended up being nearly 100% ambidexterous. That comes in pretty handy when I am using tools; power or otherwise.

That is probably my sub-concious reasoning for letting everyone's manes fall where Mother Nature wants them to
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post #23 of 44 Old 12-23-2008, 09:59 PM
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This same thread was started a few months ago. The "proper" side is the right side. All for the same reason as why we mount on the left side. Knights had their swords on their left side which is why they would mount their horse on that side therefor, you want the mane to stay out of the way and train it to lie on the right hand side.
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post #24 of 44 Old 12-24-2008, 09:36 PM
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This same thread was started a few months ago. The "proper" side is the right side. All for the same reason as why we mount on the left side. Knights had their swords on their left side which is why they would mount their horse on that side therefor, you want the mane to stay out of the way and train it to lie on the right hand side.
I was just about to post that. It's tradition.
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post #25 of 44 Old 01-01-2009, 06:47 AM
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Wow, I guess I am the only one who likes my manes on the left. It is easier because when I rope and hold a cow, I don't have to worry about the rope getting tangled in their mane and pulling it out because the rope lies on the right side of the neck. Unfortunately, all of my horses have the mane naturally falls on the right and I haven't gotten around to re-training them. :p

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post #26 of 44 Old 01-03-2009, 08:38 PM
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Right because it's supposedly bad luck for it to lay to the right... and that way you spend a little more time on the off side while getting ready to ride and it helps even things out a little
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post #27 of 44 Old 01-03-2009, 09:32 PM
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My own horse's lies on the right, but I really wouldn't care whichever way it fell. It doesn't matter much to me, since I tend to do work on both sides when doing groundwork. Not as if I have trouble with it or anything.
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post #28 of 44 Old 01-03-2009, 09:43 PM
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I have a love/hate relationship with my filly's mane... She has a mane on both sides of her neck! Yes her rediculously thick mane parts evenly down the middle and she has TWO annoyingly full manes at only 20 months old! I think its freaking adorable, but whenever she becomes a show horse, which is my dream for her, I'm going to have a hell of a time training it and braiding it. Someone said I should just braid both sides and see if anyone notices :P
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post #29 of 44 Old 01-03-2009, 09:52 PM
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I comletely don't care which side. In fact both of my haflingers have mane on both sides - Willie's is all that way all the way down his neck like that and each side is thicker than some of my other horses.

But I also get on from both sides, work them both sides, etc. My horses don't know what the "correct" side is.
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post #30 of 44 Old 01-03-2009, 09:59 PM
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But I also get on from both sides, work them both sides, etc. My horses don't know what the "correct" side is.

That's a good way to desensitize them, but everytime I try to get on on the other side, I get myself all confused about what leg does what when, and my horse just ends up looking at me like "What is taking you so long, get on or put me back in my stall!"
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