Hi, I have 3 standardbred horses and I was told to groom my horse the popular styles that are in for the breed. Any advice?
I think you mean pulled, for the first one... Not polled :P
Whoops Haha, how would I change it? Or can I?
Depends upon the breed:-) Short and pulled for my Tb and my Shetland cross NF and long and natural for my haffies. For outing short manes are plaited and long manes have a running plait.
I voted natural be it depends on the breed AND what they are doing. I love my horse's mane being long and natural. But if I were doing equitation stuff I would pull here mane.
Depends on what you do with them
I think it depends on what you do, and your horse. My appy filly has a thin, miserable mane, but it folds perfectly over. If I keep it trimmed to about 3 or so inches long, it looks like I spent hours pulling her mane for western pleasure or something. naturally not a hair out of place, perfect. If I let it grow out, it gets straggly and gross.
I've had horses before with naturally thick manes, and cutting them short looks ridiculous, and pulling a thick mane like that would be awful.
I even knew one horse with a thin neck that rubbed his mane off one summer, so we roached it. by the fall he had 2-3 inches of new growth and it looked SO much better. the extra bit of mane sticking up made him look like he had a much thicker neck and was better ballanced over all.
I'm planning on doing a few horsemanship class and 4H with them.
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