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post #1 of 5 Old 08-18-2010, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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How Short??

How short should his mane be? I can upload a picture if you want, but I show in basicly everything pleasure except halter (SMS, HUS, Equi, WP, WH, trail)
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-19-2010, 01:37 PM
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you mean to band it? I've always heard that anywhere from 3-5 inches, personal preference, is acceptable. However, I also show in reining so I leave my horses' manes and tails long. When I show and I want to band, I do the basket weave. It takes a while, but it looks good and I always get a few compliments! Just a tip for if you want to keep his/her mane long. Love your horse, btw, gorgeous!

here's a few links to the basket weave to show you what it looks like.

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you can also just google it if you want. Good luck!

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-19-2010, 01:49 PM
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for WP, manes have to be real short. i would say to take an inch off, just to be safe.

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-20-2010, 01:24 PM
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It should be 3"-4" long at the most. You'll need to cut off at least half of the current length.

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-21-2012, 10:59 PM
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I use my hand. I put my hand flat on his neck and cut it that length.

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