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        11-26-2009, 11:33 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    I would say that if most people do it to a horse(IE most TBs are pulled and most fresian's manes are long) it would be a standard.

    A certian type of mountian dog MUST be corded by age 3, and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's hair is to not be cut unless needed by accessive overlength of it
         
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        11-26-2009, 11:35 PM
      #22
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
    I would say that if most people do it to a horse(IE most TBs are pulled and most fresian's manes are long) it would be a standard
    Then what would be the Standard for the QH???


    If it is not in the breed standards then there is not one. You can not just add or subtract a standard. Most horses breeds do not actually have standards but guidelines.
         
        11-26-2009, 11:38 PM
      #23
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by StormyBlues    

    A certian type of mountian dog MUST be corded by age 3, and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's hair is to not be cut unless needed by accessive overlength of it
    Again these are standards as to color. That is different then standards as to how a dog is trimmed. There are a few breeds who do state how a dog MUST be trimmed like the poodle. Some trainers must be pulled not cut. Do to the type of hair. Most breeds over the years have added in things like the they did for the Golden to keep people from trimming to try and hid faults. However a good judge will find them anyway. Normally trim earns paws and clean up the tail so it dose not look longer then the standard.
         
        11-27-2009, 01:24 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    I would say in an english, WP, and showmanship class a QH would have a pulled mane, braided or banded. In any other western event a long mane would sufice.
         
        11-27-2009, 01:45 PM
      #25
    Started
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    Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
    Actually that has been found to be a misnomer. The mane of a horse will help regulate the horses temp. If you leave it long you will find that is actually helps keep him cooler as it keeps the sun off his neck and off the area of blood flow to the head. All mine have very long thick manes and although we are not in FL we do get temps of very close to 100 and with the heat index even higher.
    Oh really? That's interesting. Maybe I will leave it long then. The only reason I'd pull it would be to keep him cool. Good to know!
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        11-27-2009, 02:06 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    I really dislike pulled manes. I have yet to see a horse who's mane I think looks good pulled. The barn I'm at right now requires that all the horses have their manes pulled. I think that's a really dumb thing to require of people and I really don't understnad why you would care that much to require it.
         
        11-27-2009, 04:50 PM
      #27
    Weanling
    I personally pull my mares mane b/c it gets all knoted and gross and it would get in a dread type, but I would never ever ever pull a tail, thick tails are usally a deisarable look around this area..i'd say do what you want, who cares what your neighbor says
         
        11-27-2009, 05:53 PM
      #28
    Banned
    It seems most everyone forgot about the point of this question. I agree with the poster above me. Lets not egt our panies in a bunch over what someone thinks online. :)
         
        11-27-2009, 06:19 PM
      #29
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    The ONLY time I have seen a running braid was on a fat little short stirrup pony at a low rated show. Maybe other areas are different, or schooling shows, but at rated shows, it is expected that the mane is pulled, and usually braided. It shows respect to the judge to groom and trim the horse to make it look neat and clean. A braided mane (proper hunter braids) must have a pulled mane. It shows of the horses neck as well as showing respect.

    As for why do it not for shows? My old horse had the *thinnest* mane I have ever seen, it was 2 hairs thick! I cheater combed his hair to make it look slightly thicker, it was ugly long. It is a requirement to pull manes at our barn (with a few exceptions). IMHO it looks neater, is less work, and a long mane gets in the way riding. But if you like a long mane and don't show hunters, there is nothing wrong with a long thick mne :-D TO each their own
         
        11-27-2009, 07:25 PM
      #30
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    After a certain length I will pull and trim my mares mane. It gets full of briars otherwise. It tends to get thinner as it grows out as well. For the breeds vs disipline question, specific breeds were used for specific disciplines in tradition (they were bred for a specific purpose). Ex: I think that's why we see alot of fresians with long mane. But Im sure if they were used as cart horses thier manes would have to be cut, or you would see alot of horses tangled in the harness equipment.
         

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