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    01-01-2011, 10:16 PM
Question Long mane... showing?

I looove it when horses have long manes, and I find it's such a pity that all the horses at the barn have short, pulled manes.

In the future, when I get a horse, I will definitely keep it long and pretty,
Even if it will require more work. (ok not so long that it goes way, way past the neck... well depends on the breed of course but long enough).
But for SHOWING, (which I will definitely do in the future) having a long mane complicates things no? Because usually if your horse's mane is short, it can stay the way it is, be braided or be made into rosettes.
But with a long mane... what do you do with that? Like what sort of braids can be done that are allowed in hunter, jumper or english pleasure classes?

And my final question (drum roll )... can you pull a long mane? If not, what can you do to so that a long mane is easier to keep and less thick...
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    01-01-2011, 10:26 PM

Its called a running braid! When I had my morgan I evented him and jumped him and I braided his mane like that :). It perfectly acceptable. Most breeds that have it are Friesians and andalusians.

EquestrianHow2 running braid

This site will tell you how to do it and has a video on the bottom! Hope that helps :)
    01-02-2011, 06:30 AM
Bandera you beat me to it!!
Don't forget the Arabs! They can get away with a running braid too.
My Arab's mane is now about40cm long. It needs a good wash and condition and probably could do with being braided coming back in to our show season in Australia. It's getting a bit manky with the ponies chewing on it so I think I should start rugging him again to keep them away from it!
It's at the stage that whenever I ride I need to do something with it to keep it out of the way, otherwise I just end up sitting on it and getting tangled with the reins...
    01-02-2011, 10:23 AM
Thanks guys! I actually like those braids very much. I find they are one of the nicest you can do on a horse.

Anyone can now explain me the carrot game??? Like I really am clueless to what it is.
    01-03-2011, 12:22 PM
My cob has the thickest mane ever!!! Its long and lushious and when I show her I braid it and she looks beautiful I would definitely say keep it long I think they look amazing!!! AimsX
    01-03-2011, 12:56 PM
Side note about pulling a long mane:

It's probably possible to pull a long mane, but I would never do it. What allows a horse to have a nice long full mane is plenty of hair. The less overall hair they have, the sooner it will start looking wispy and scraggly at the ends, which is most certainly not what you want to have. That's why most Appaloosas and Thoroughbreds will never have manes longer than about 4-5 inches max that look good.
    01-03-2011, 01:24 PM
Definitely a running braid, it's like a french braid, but only taking hair from one side. I would practice it first before a show it it can end up looking pretty scraggly
    01-03-2011, 03:16 PM
A little tip to do the running braid is to stand on a bucket or something so that you don't pull the braid down. You want to to stay close to the root until you reach the very end.

I love long manes as well! Good luck ;)
    01-03-2011, 03:56 PM
I still haven't mastered the running braid with keeping it close to the neck, mine always drift away. THIS is what I would love mine to look like:

    01-03-2011, 04:49 PM
It is harder than it looks ;)
You feel like you're doing great until you look back at your work.. lol

grooming, mane, showing

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