Roached/Hogged mane: Good or bad in the showring?

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    02-09-2014, 05:48 PM
Roached/Hogged mane: Good or bad in the showring?

I was just wondering, in in-hand shows, is a roached/hogged mane considered bad or good? My horse's mane is too short for braids, and it looks quite messy at the moment (it goes to both sides, almost standing up straight), and we might be entering some in-hand classes at a local show.

My question is pretty simple, is it considered good or bad for a horse to have a roached mane in an in-hand show? Is it thought as "good-looking" or "awkward/ugly"?

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    02-09-2014, 06:15 PM
Green Broke
I have only ever seen roached mane in cob type horses.

I think if you have a finer horse and you really can't plait their mane then it would look better pulled really neatly rather than roached :)
    02-09-2014, 06:22 PM
I think a well maintained roached mane looks better than bad braids or a scraggly mane. I'd say it depends on the breed and confo horse and if the neck is nice and thick or if the neck is thinner.
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    02-09-2014, 06:42 PM
Thanks for your replies!
My horse is a Standardbred, but he has a lighter build than most Standies.
His mane is quite thin already, so I can't really pull it, and it always sticks out at weird angles.

How about just a really short mane, so that only about 3 or 2 centimetres of mane are there?
    02-09-2014, 06:50 PM
Can you braid it?
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    02-09-2014, 09:22 PM
To gypsygirl:
Nope, it's too short to be braided.
I think Luca would look quite nice with a nearly roached mane. But that's just my opinion.
    02-09-2014, 09:31 PM
Green Broke
Just had a look at your photos.

Luca's mane is a fine length for plaiting you just need to pratice. Believe me I've plaited far worse.

Sew your plaits in rather than band them as you have more control over the shape of the plait then.
    02-09-2014, 09:52 PM
To faye:
I think those pictures are older. Luca got his new manestyle about a week and a half ago. I'll try to find a pic of it.
    02-09-2014, 09:58 PM
^here we go. This is the only one I have of him with his scraggly manecut.
Could I braid it or is it too short?
    02-09-2014, 10:09 PM
Green Broke
It would be difficult but do able.When isyour show?

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