Originally Posted by haflingerlover
LilDonkey that horse is one of my mares dam her name is Marlee she was USDF horse of the year for first and second level in 1999.
If you are showing western you cut the mane and band it. If you don't want to cut it leave it. Netting, running braids or basically any other form of doing the mane is english or driving. Our horses have long manes and we leave them.
In the western pleasure/horsemanship world if you have a long mane its proper to band just as you would band it if its cut. Like FP said if you don't band it people will think your horse is a reiner