I am planning on taking my 7-yr-old and my 2-yr-old to just a couple local horse shows this summer. I primarily barrel race, but I like my horses to be well-rounded "thinkers" --- not running hotheads.
Both of my horses have long natural manes. I am NOT going to pull their manes for a small local get-some-experience shows. I'll also be doing showmanship, reining, and competitive trail, along with western pleasure.
So I was wondering is it better to leave their manes long "as is"? Or should I band them like some of these examples: