Why do you like long manes on a english horse?

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Why do you like long manes on a english horse?

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    09-02-2011, 05:13 PM
Why do you like long manes on a english horse?

I can not personally think of a single more repulsive eye sore on a show horse than a long mane. Well groomed or not, it will always look unkept to me.

Now, even if you only do schooling shows, a straight cut 4 inch conditioned mane just seams more respectful to the expected turnout.

Tails I understand but what is so great about a long mane to you?
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    09-02-2011, 05:21 PM
If you find them so 'repulsive', I doubt anyone elses opinion is going to matter a to you, so why did you bother posting? Just to get a rise out of people?
    09-02-2011, 05:24 PM
How about girth galls, sored horses, arabs with supsicously high tails, QH with suspiciously low and dead tails.

Or ungroomed horse and rider, poorly fitted or dirty tack, clean sparkly tack, but looks like they just rode through teh saddlery and threw on everything that would stick.

Just saying there are a lot worse things, OH like a CUT mane, I detest the look of them, a neatly pulled mane looks fine, and a long mane, well each to their own, I can't any more explain why I like a long mane than I can why I like anything else, it's just because.

Bert and Appy G have neatly (well they were neat) pulled manes, so I can braid them. Ace and the Haflingers have long flowing manes, that I will lattice braid or French braid, but I will never ever ever cut or pull any of their manes.
    09-02-2011, 05:29 PM
Green Broke
Because its a built in "Oh shoot!" handle to grab onto when going over jumps.

    09-02-2011, 05:35 PM
That as well
    09-02-2011, 05:47 PM
Because it's how horses are naturally suppose to be. Just because someone had on a pound of makeup, spray tan, and extentions (all fake and unnatural) doesn't make them prettier than a girl who goes all natural..
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    09-02-2011, 05:49 PM
Green Broke
LovesMyDunnBoy...does that mean you AREN'T a fan of Jersey Shore?

I fell like I lose brain cells if I even hear them talking while my bf is watching the show.

Internet high five??

ETA: See...can't even THINK about that show, or I get stupider. Fell=Feel.
    09-02-2011, 05:53 PM
I am sure a neatly pulled, hunter style mane looks bizare to anyone who's experience is entirely with western horses.

We all carry prejudices based on our early training, but it's important to recognize them as not entirely rational and have a sense of humor about it.

The very best reason I can think of for showing a hunter or jumper with a long mane is that the horse also competes in breed shows, where the convention is a long, natural mane. Another reason may be that the horse is one of those that hates having it's mane pulled and needs to be sedated for it, and the owner feels that it isn't worth it for an occassional schooling show.

All that said, my irrational prejudice is that a long mane on a hunter, jumper or event horse looks odd, and I would hope that someone wanting to show seriously would respect the conventions of the sport.

However, I think "repulsive eyesore" is overstating it quite a bit.
    09-02-2011, 06:54 PM
Defiantly, internet high five! And Jersey Shore drives me nuts...some girls at my high school think they belong on that
Show..and I mean, I like in an extremely small town. Ha!

I think each style of riding has it's own looks. And I respect everyone's opinion on what looks good. Even if my opinion may differ from theirs...which is obviously a big difference between you and I...respect of others opinions...
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    09-02-2011, 07:00 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
If you find them so 'repulsive', I doubt anyone elses opinion is going to matter a to you, so why did you bother posting? Just to get a rise out of people?

OK, so Ponyjocky 'likes' this statement, so I take it that once again Speed Racer is right on the money here?

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