Long mane for low level dressage?
Ok, I have an 18 year old arabian gelding, a pretty little thing, but he has the longest, thickest mane I have ever seen on an Arab. I want to do some intro level dressage with his next year, but I do not want to mess with his glorious, never tangling black mane. Is there any way I could braid it to make it legal without cutting it off? I know on Spanish horses they do running braids, but is it suitable for an Arab? If it helps, he has a very thick (for his breed) well muscled neck, as he is in good shape and wasn't gelded till he was 12, so he doesn't look too ridiculous with no mane. I just love his mane! And it is impossible to do rosettes.... It just can't be done. It's about 1 foot long, but it's so thick that when it rains (even in major thunderstorms) his neck stays bone dry under there.