|Poco1220 ||05-24-2011 07:44 PM |
Mane - cutting or braiding - at what level?
I plan on showing my APHA stallion at a bunch of open shows this year for HUS, english pleasure, and h/j. My question is about his mane. His mane is currently very long (way past his neck). With just open shows do I need to cut his mane short? If so, how short? Does it need to be braided for each show? If so, should his tail be braided as well?
Thank you - and pictures would be appreciated.
|equiniphile ||05-24-2011 07:47 PM |
The point of braiding is to show off the neck, so if you are going to leave it long, do a running braid tight against the crest.
The tail is usually braided in hunters along the length of the tailbone.
|Poco1220 ||05-24-2011 08:19 PM |
|Hidalgo13 ||05-24-2011 08:44 PM |
If you cut it, you have to cut it rather short, 3-5 inches more or less. If you don't want to cut off all of his beautiful mane, maybe just trim it a little and do a very tight running braid along his neck like equiniphile suggested. :)
|Strange ||05-24-2011 11:36 PM |
Please never, ever cut the mane. Pull it if you want it shorter. A cut mane almost never looks good, to be quite honest.
That being said, if you want to leave it long you can, just do a running braid.
|kitten_Val ||05-25-2011 09:26 AM |
If' its really nice, long and thick I'd go with the running braid as suggested. I personally pull/cut (I'm using solocomb), BUT my mare's manes were short and rather thin to start with.
|Poco1220 ||05-25-2011 07:10 PM |
|Hidalgo13 ||05-25-2011 07:29 PM |
Yup, definitely do a running braid. Or trim it an inch or two and do rosettes (or something like that). Though it still might be too long for those. Not sure, I never did a horse's mane/tail. :/
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