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    09-30-2008, 11:12 PM
Show mane length?

How many inches should a mane be when you want to braid it for a dressage show? I've been letting Miss Take's mane grow out, but it's too long for braiding now. I know I need to trim it, but how much? Here's a photo of it now:
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    10-01-2008, 01:11 AM
I personally like them about a hands width.
    10-02-2008, 07:09 AM
Originally Posted by Supermane
I personally like them about a hands width.
    10-02-2008, 09:29 AM
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I've always heard 4 inches.
    10-02-2008, 04:25 PM
Yeah, I've heard that it's four inches, but I guess that's about an average hand's width. Thanks for the input!
My trainer suggested french braiding her mane so I'm going to try that out first. It sure would be easier that way.
    10-08-2008, 10:53 PM
Ya my horse's mane is rele long and I don't want to have to cut it, it looks os nice long. Im hoping ill be able to braid it without cutting it =P Its very very very thick thoug
    10-08-2008, 11:37 PM
A few years ago I leased a mare that had a super long mane. It was so beautiful on her though that when show time came around I left it the length it was. The braids turned out really well too, they were actually probably one of the bed braids I had ever done on a horse. Lol.
    10-09-2008, 01:39 AM
For hunters I usually pull it so it's 3 inches - 4 inches left. The shorter it's generally easier to braid.
    10-17-2008, 02:00 PM
My trainer always taught me the 4 inches rule. But I was also taught to take into consideration the thickness of the mane. If its thinner leave it longer (1-2inches longer) if its thicker keep it shorter (1-2inches shorter.)
    10-18-2008, 08:09 PM
A topic I hate. I still don't know what I'm going to do with my guy when the time comes. He has the most beautiful mane. What is the breeding of your guy/girl? Any way you could get away with a running braid?

Would love to hear what the longest mane you have all braided was. All my horses whom I've taken in the show ring were tb's with dinky manes (a few inches) and were always maintained that way. Now with my Canadian I'm not fond of the idea of doing a running braid, but I don't want to chop his mane if I can prevent it.

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