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post #31 of 38 Old 10-30-2008, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by o0hawaiigirl0o View Post
Ah, that makes sense. :) -lightbulb goes on-
I ride dressage and I've always been told that the right is the proper side for the mane.

My mare's mane falls to the left so I just leave it that way. -shrug- For one show I braided it on the right side and for the other show I braided it on the left. I think as long as the mane looks tidy, it shouldn't matter (in shows). Afterall, the judge isn't going to be judging your grooming skills when you're doing a dressage test. :P

maybe not while you are doing the test but presentation is included in your marks. some judges are super over the top about tradition etc when it comes to grooming (and many other things)

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post #32 of 38 Old 10-31-2008, 09:47 AM
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I prefer the mane to be on the right, just personal preference. My gelding's mane falls to the right naturally. My mare's mane falls to the right near her withers but falls to the left at the top of the mane. I keep it plaited on the right side so it'll (hopefully!), learn to stay all on one side.

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post #33 of 38 Old 11-02-2008, 11:08 AM
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I don't know the proper way, but around here at the smaller shows, manes are all over the place. My horse's mane is split at the top, slicking straight up in the middle [because of a cowlick which, when long enough, causes it to be on both sides], and on the left at the bottom. It's a mess. I just leave it to the left, because that's what is easiest for it [and me] in the long run.

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post #34 of 38 Old 11-04-2008, 12:40 AM
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If I'm correct, traditionally the right side is the propper side. When I showed in the hunters and medals this past summer we always briaded to the right. Many of my friends who compete in jumpers however, just make sure its neatly brushed to whichever side it falls naturally.
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post #35 of 38 Old 11-05-2008, 03:44 AM
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One of my geldings is on the right, one has a split mane it literally goes halfway up his neck on the left and the other half is on the right. Then my mare 's is on the left! I have always heard that the right side was proper butI just brush mine real nice and neat and we still place at shows.
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post #36 of 38 Old 11-07-2008, 02:38 AM
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I make my horse's mane sit on the right side of her neck (her right), but that's just because her brand is on the top of her neck, behind her right ear, so I like to cover it up. I think that's the proper way for a standardbred at least.
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post #37 of 38 Old 11-12-2008, 07:06 PM
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on the right for hunters (in the usa)

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post #38 of 38 Old 11-12-2008, 07:54 PM
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where i live we put ours on the left because when you rope you throw to the right side of your horse (most of the time) if the mane is there it could get tangled in the rope causeing the ripping out of mane discomfort for the horse and despair for the i got my horse his mane flipped to both side but i trained it to the left so i can swing on bareback

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