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post #1 of 14 Old 07-30-2008, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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I know in mostly all of the english shows, the horses manes and tails are plaited or done nicely. My question is what can us western riders do to make our horses look nice besides just leaving it down or braiding it?

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post #2 of 14 Old 07-30-2008, 01:30 PM
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haha .. I think tht is just about all you can do. Or you can add a fake tail to make it look pretty and thick. But nice, fake tail cost a lot of money.


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No I don't think id do the fake tail. Dude doesnt need it, but I would love to make his mane all pretty but I don't know what else their is.

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no braiding for western. Band it.
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Yeah, and put lots of conditioner in it and comb through it. Make the tail nice and silky. I would also cut the tail two inches below the hocks. I prefer blunt edges.
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post #6 of 14 Old 08-02-2008, 06:53 PM
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I like a diamond or macrame thing on Vida once in awhile. It looks complicated but its really simple. I don't have any photos of her with it but here is a link with photos and how-to I think it would look pretty with different colored bands or ribbons too. I usually just do a couple of rows not the whole thing like in the photos.
http://www.haflingerhorses.com/braids.htm


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yeah, I have seen people do that.
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post #8 of 14 Old 08-02-2008, 07:06 PM
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Band the mane, or just have it in good condition and even out and let it go free. For the tail, get it as clean as you can, and let it go long, but not longer than the base of the fetlocks. If it goes below the fetlocks, then just trim the edges off even so your horse doesn't step on them.
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post #9 of 14 Old 08-05-2008, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the ideas. Im going to try the diamond braid.

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post #10 of 14 Old 08-08-2008, 09:29 PM
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Nooooooopppppeeeeee You can show an all-around with a plaited mane. I show my all around horse in western pleasure with a braided mane, it never hurt my winnings any. Like they said put in a fake tail, face gloss, if your horse has white socks, white touch up spray and whatnot. But whoa 2 inches below the hocks? That seems a little short. Fake tails do cost alot. I paid 300 for mine
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