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post #1 of 5 Old 06-20-2012, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Question Braids for western pleasure?

I show at local shows that are pretty casual.

I used to ride only english, and I'd always braid for it. It looks impressive on him, and judges have complimented me on it before.

This year, I've started riding western pleasure. For the first show I went to with him, I simply banded his mane for both english and western. We were fine, but we didn't place well (only because he was totally crazy that day...), and I'm not sure if I like the look of it. Comet is very energetic when we do english, and I think the look of a banded mane flopping around is sorta ehh. I saw one person had the mane braided for both english and western, and wondered what you guys think.

Would it be okay, for the level I'm showing at, to ride western pleasure with a braided mane? (There is no possible way for me to take his mane out of braids in time for western.)

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The way they do it at the AQHA shows for all-arounders is that they pick which style the horse excels at. So if your horse is "better" at english then you would braid and ride in braids for all disciplines for that day or weekend.

I band for the weekend mostly because my horse has a crazy thick mane but tons of people braid for both disciplines.
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Typically, braids are not seen in WP, but bands are seen in English, esp. If the western classes are held after. But this is a small local show & you are just starting, do what you like on your horse's mane, it is not going to affect your placings.
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I think I've heard that the Appaloosas actually like banding with W and E. I could be wrong, but that's what I've been told :)

But if you have done really well with braids, and like them better, do those! It's just whatever you can really do well, IMHO

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If the mane is flopping around while banded, it is not short enough.
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