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        07-22-2010, 05:28 PM
      #11
    Started
    For hunters it is braided on the right side...

    I know that a lot of ropers want it on the left side because they are right handed and when they through and dally the rope it won't get caught ...

    WP they band it but I am not sure if the side matters...
         
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        07-22-2010, 05:32 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    I was always told that the mane should lie on the right side, no matter the discipline, but don't take my word for it.
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        07-23-2010, 02:32 AM
      #13
    Foal
    I rope and show. I like my roping horses manes on the left so the rope doesnt get caught up. And I have always had my show horses (WP and Hunt) on the right side. I don't know why but it looks cleaner.

    To train a mane over to the other side I wash the mane, braid it, and put a sleezy on.
         
        07-23-2010, 12:45 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    I don't think the horse really cares, to be honest with you. =)
         
        07-23-2010, 03:40 PM
      #15
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    Most shows I've been in haven't been too nitpicky about which side the mane falls on, but I can definitely see a practical reason for a roper to have it on the left. Most horses I've dealt with have them on the right.

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    Originally Posted by TheRoughrider21    
    My horse has an undecided mane. His is right in the front, straight up in the middle, and near his withers its to the right. I've tried to band it to the left...not even an hour later all his band were standing straight up in the middle. =/ lol
    Somewhere I heard that a mane that switches sides is indicative of the neck being out of alignment. Not sure if that holds water or not, but I thought it was interesting.

    My guy's falls to the right, and has a super-thick section near the bridle path that will fall half to each side if he shakes his head a lot.
         
        07-24-2010, 01:13 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    It's on the right.
    I think I was told as a kid that we get on the left side because a knight's sword was kept on the left side and it interfered with getting on and the mane was on the right so it didn't get tangled up when mounting. I don't think there is any truth to that, but it's how I use to remember it.

    And I'm a show hunter.

    Edit:
    To train a mane you have to braid the mane to the right side. You leave them in for a day or two take them out and repeat. We do this before shows, even if we are planning on braiding them, because this will only keep it nice for a little while.
         
        07-26-2010, 04:14 PM
      #17
    Foal
    I've always heard right side too but like Draft said I think the horse really cares! Lol :O)

    Indi's mane lays on the right, then halfway down switches to the left. Bells'a mane lays on both side, it looks like it's been parted down the middle. I like the way Bellas mane looks so I leave it that way. Indi's I wish would go to one side or the other, but I don't think she really cares with side it's on! Haha
         
        07-27-2010, 01:42 AM
      #18
    Foal
    My horse's mane falls on both sides! Haha so who knows! :P
         
        07-27-2010, 07:43 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    Right is deemed the "correct" side for the mane to fall on. That's for showing in english disiplines.
         
        07-27-2010, 08:44 PM
      #20
    Showing
    Like a couple of the previous posters mentioned, many ropers prefer a mane on the left side to keep it from getting tangled in the rope. Other than that, unless you show and your discipline has rules regarding that, it doesn't really matter. I personally prefer my manes to be on the right because, if they are on the left, they get tangled in the halter when I put it on and take it off. The only thing that bugs me is when a horse has a mane split where some is on one side and the rest is on the other LOL. That makes my OCD act up and I have to do something to get it all on one side (hence the reason why I am banding my yearling's mane) .
         

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