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post #1 of 20 Old 03-11-2011, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Trimming a bridle path on an arabian.

One of my rescue arabs seems to never have had a bridle path trimmed...his mane goes all the way up to his forelock.

Should I trim it, or leave it?
If I should trim it, how long of a path should I make? What is the 'style' these days?

Thanks in advance! :)

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post #2 of 20 Old 03-11-2011, 03:48 PM
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I heard but am not sure if this is right correct me if i'm wrong that when you lay the horses ear backwards the bridle path should not exceed that length. Not sure if it is different for arabians because I have heard for arabians that they cut the bridle path longer to show off their neck...again correct me if I'm wrong please :)

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I heard but am not sure if this is right correct me if i'm wrong that when you lay the horses ear backwards the bridle path should not exceed that length. Not sure if it is different for arabians because I have heard for arabians that they cut the bridle path longer to show off their neck...again correct me if I'm wrong please :)
I heard the same thing, but thought it was different for arabs!!

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I'd trim it if you plan on riding, using a halter, or showing. For regular at-home, you can trim a path approximately 6" long. The style is really whatever is proportional for the horse. Mine is 14.1, almost 3 years old and has a bridle path around 6" long.
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I generally go by the ear length rule of thumb, but with my Arabian, I keep hers just a bit longer. I used to see Arabians with their bridle paths cut about a quarter of the way down their neck, and a rare few with the bridle path half way down the neck, but I've been hearing now that they aren't making them quite as extreme these days. I think it depends on what you want, whether or not you are showing, and what looks best on your horse if you are showing. For me no matter what the horse, I want at least enough to make it nice and easy to put the halter and bridles on the horse.
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I trim a 1-2" bridle path on my pinto arab. The more natural looking, the better in my book!

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Although I've not had an Arabian I have a QH and have had a TWH and 5-gaited Saddlebred. I never showed any of them, but for their bridle paths I did do the ear-length path. Which would be about 6 maybe 7 inches long.
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Thank you all. :)
I will do the ear thing, I suppose. His mane is so wild it lays on both sides of his neck, so perhaps there was a bridle path at one point and it grew out in the opposite direction of the rest of his mane? Who knows. :)

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I say trim it, but I don't know what's popular for arabs. How we measure the bridle path where I ride is we take one of the horse's ears and lay it back on her neck and the bridle path is as long as the ear. That's how I've learned.

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I've heard at Arab regional shows that people will make them longer if their horse has a thicker or shorter neck to make it look longer and thinner. If the horse has a thin or long neck they will make the bridlepath shorter so the neck looks a little thicker or shorter.

When I bought my mare her bridlepath was almost halfway the length of her neck. I thought that was excessive. They do minis that way too.
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