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post #1 of 17 Old 04-12-2013, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Pull it, Braid it, or Leave it?

So I'm taking professional pictures with Henny on Sunday to celebrate his first birthday on the 23rd. Problem is, I don't know what I should do with his mane! It's almost down to the edge of his neck right now. I cut it in October for a halter show and it's grown that much since so he has no problem growing hair.

I'm leaning towards pulling it as I hope to show him this year at a few local shows. I think he can pull it off. I love to nice tidy look of a pulled mane, but I also love his long flowy mane. Decisions, decisions...

Attached is a picture of him at 5 months with a trimmed mane, him now with a running braid, and him now with his mane down. Which would you choose?






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post #2 of 17 Old 04-12-2013, 10:33 PM
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Leave it. It's goregous
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post #3 of 17 Old 04-12-2013, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Haha thank you :) I know that if I do cut it, it will grow right back super fast! You can see how much it's grown in 6 months from the top and bottom photo.

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post #4 of 17 Old 04-12-2013, 10:48 PM
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For the photos I would do a nice, long running braid with a ribbon that's his "color", and for the show pull it :)
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post #5 of 17 Old 04-12-2013, 10:49 PM
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I say either leave it long & loose.

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post #6 of 17 Old 04-12-2013, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Oh that's a good idea Sam, I didn't think of putting a ribbon through his hair.
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post #7 of 17 Old 04-12-2013, 11:31 PM
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Do a single lattice band.

You band the top as normal, then the next row you band together 2 at a time.



Then you can leave it long. Or if it looks janky, just turn him to the offside so no one can see his hair xD
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post #8 of 17 Old 04-12-2013, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Oh I like that OVO! I think I'll test that out tomorrow to see how it looks.
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post #9 of 17 Old 04-12-2013, 11:34 PM
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It's becoming quite trendy in the breed shows. I'm hoping to show my second yearling like that.


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post #10 of 17 Old 04-12-2013, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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It does look like a good alternative to a short banded mane. Although, I am still leaning towards pulling it. It just looks so mature and professional.

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