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  • Arab with pulled mane
  • Arab braid

View Poll Results: Is this acceptable? Would you do it?
It's acceptable, but not my cuppa tea 6 18.18%
It's acceptable, I'd totally do it! 10 30.30%
Not sure about acceptable, but I don't like it. 4 12.12%
Not sure about acceptable, but I like it. 13 39.39%
Voters: 33. You may not vote on this poll

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    06-20-2008, 02:25 PM
I like running braids. I've always wanted to learn to do the four-plaited one in particular.
I've got pretty strong feelings about how far I'll go to make my horse "presentable" for a show. I'll shave the outer edges of his ears, but leave the inner hair. I leave the whiskers on his muzzle and eyes alone. I don't pull his main, and I don't pull tail hairs. His mane helps keep the flies off his neck. I don't even mind letting him bleach in the summer because, as a black horse, fading to a dark brown probably helps him stay cooler in the sun.
If my horse were stalled at least 20 hours a day, as many show horses are, these things wouldn't be such an issue. But my horse is out to pasture most of the time (I wouldn't have it any other way), and I want him to be as natural as possible.
So, I think that a horse should be able to go into any show ring with a running braid. Why should a horse have to have it's mane chopped off or pulled just to be competitive if there is a reasonable alternative such as a braid? I don't have anything against a horse having its mane pulled--it's just not appropriate for my horse and the conditions he lives in. JMO
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    06-21-2008, 04:03 AM
I find them only acceptable in specific breeds of horses. If I'm riding in the show ring and the horse I'm on is of breeding is deemed qualified and it's accepted for him/her to get a running braid then no worries. Would I do one in a tb or warmblood? Nope. Even if I were riding an unusual breed of horse that would be seen as accepted in the ring with a running braid, I would still choose regular braids before a running one.
    06-21-2008, 12:23 PM
If its a half arab then it's perfectly acceptable. Rarely will you see an arab or half arab with the button braids. Just make sure it runs right up against where the mane starts kind of like in the picture below, sorry I don't have any good pictures of horse braids. And you want it tight but not to tight.

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