Sport Horse Mane
My mare is in training to be a competitive sport horse... I been reading some old topics on other forums and google that a short mane shows respect towards the judges. Can someone show me examples of how long is too long and how an ideal mane should look? Thanks much!
Ideally, you will pull it to about four to six inches. Instead of cutting, pull out the longer hairs until you're left with a natural but tidy mane. Personal preferance and type of braiding/banding might change the 4-6 inch guideline to be longer or shorter.
Nice! My mare hates her mane being pulled, would it be okay to leave it thick but somewhat short? Or would the judges not like that?
What does she object to, the comb or the pulling motion? Take only a few hairs at a time and work through it very slowly, so the pulling action is barely noticeable to her. I have a mare that absolutely hates it; she shakes her neck the entire time. Putting some food in front of her helped some, but I've given up and let it grow out as I'm not showing her competititively anytime soon.
For the sporthorse look, it really needs to be around 4-6 inches. If she has a big cresty neck you can get away with it a little longer, but in that case, you would really want to showcase her neck. Thickness of the mane isn't as important; there's more leeway there.
When in a show, especially a show where appearances do matter (dressage, hunter), you want to braid the mane to show respect to the judge and your discipline. Braiding is somewhat of an art, meant to accentuate the shape of the neck. In order to do proper braids, the horse's mane must be short enough to make the braids tidy. The mane being pulled is a bit of an art as well, you want it to accentuate the horse's neck when the mane is flat as well; but generally for braids, you want to have it about 4" long, give or take, with a taper towards the front and back.
Please, please!!!!!! pull the mane, don't cut it with scissors! Here's a great video on how to pull a mane:
Combs are fine, she just doesn't like the pulling process. But she'll get used to it, I hope. I'll start small.
I'll probably stick around the 5-6 inch length, her neck is kinda ugly, lol!
I go to town on Ronan, he falls asleep no matter how hard I pull, but on a more sensitive horse I would definitely use this technique.
Here are some photos of my gelding's mane, which has been pulled to within an inch of its life... oops... it's since grown out another inch and doesn't look quite so school-boy-like...
I will definitely be trying that technique on her!
I've always wondered but been too embarrassed to ask (since my mare's mane is long and rather unkempt)- After you've cleaned up the mane, what is the proper look for the forelock? Do you pull the forelock too? Cut? If you cut, how do you avoid the "bowl cut" straight across (I may or may not have done that to Isabel in the past :oops:)
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