I have a Quarter Horse mare that I will be entering in some Halter and showmanship classes this year. I have been reading articles online and they're always saying different things. Should I braid my horse's mane and/or forelock for western halter and showmanship classes? Her mane is very short (Maybe about 3 inches long and theres a little chunk taken out of a couple places that are about an inch long). It is also very thin but it is pretty even. (I will be showing at 4-H and local shows.)
I also have a miniature horse whose mane is even and very thick. I recently bought a pulling comb and a thinning comb and my aunt tried to explain how to use them and I honestly got lost while she was explaining it to me. So to sum it all up, how do I thin my mini's mane? Also, should I trim my horse's mane so it is all even or should I just braid it so I don't have to worry about cutting it?
Also, people have said that you don't want to braid a horse's mane for western showmanship and halter so that it shows off their neck more..but I don't know what to do about my mini's mane..