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post #1 of 17 Old 04-15-2013, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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What should I do with his mane?

Okay show folks.

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:






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post #2 of 17 Old 04-15-2013, 01:10 PM
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If you are going to keep it long, I think those braids/bands look pretty awesome!
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I would band it, I think it would help complete the overall "finished product" look. I LOVE that second banding job!
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I would do a banding like the second picture. The first one is a row too cluttered IMO.
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post #5 of 17 Old 04-16-2013, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Okay. Wasn't sure what would be better from the judges perspective. I did think banding it would give it that "neat" look.

I may not be there to win it big, but I still want to present as nicely and polished as I can!

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The second band job is the way to go. Like someone else said....the first one is too cluttered and actually looks more like a Morgan, Arab, ASB type thing.
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post #7 of 17 Old 04-17-2013, 12:21 PM
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I like the first one, but they are both very good!
But if the first one does work out, maybe find some ties that are closer to the horse's mane color.

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post #8 of 17 Old 04-18-2013, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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The only thing I am concerned about with braiding is that my 2-yr-old's mane is THICK. And I mean THICK! (Which is a good thing, I guess!) I'll have to do a practice band or two, because I'm afraid it would stick out in the air, because it's too thick to lie flat.

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post #9 of 17 Old 04-18-2013, 11:05 AM
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What I've done and it's helped, was a tip from an old trainer. Mist the hair or wet it down a bit. Makes it easier to braid and brand so it's not as thick. I was told to do so with show sheen or cowboy magic, but sometimes the hair slips. I just use water and / or mix of that depending on the show.

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post #10 of 17 Old 04-19-2013, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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The shows aren't for a couple months, so maybe if I remember then, I'll post pictures! (Or if I practice before then.)

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