Tomorrow I have a 4-h horse show. Just the local fair. My horse's mane is 8 or so inches long, but I don't know weather to band it or not. Usually I just leave it, pick out all the tangles and let it be, but I don't know if I should band it or not. I don't want to cut her mane any shorter. Help.
I'm not sure what part of the country you live in, but it is very common in Texas to leave the mane natural as we have a lot of people that ride multiple disciplines. As long as the mane is neat, clean, and well groomed, it is not necessary to band. You may need to trim a little to even it out - just make sure it looks natural and not blunt cut (I use thinning shears). If you find that banding is more common than not in your area, you can keep that in mind for your next show.
Good luck and have fun !!
Since its long and you don't want to cut it, I would leave it. If you want to band you could band it like this:
I have seen a video of a world western pleasure horse winning with its hair like this. Most western pleasure horses have their hair and inch or two long and banded but the horses hair was long and it still won the world pleasure thing (cant remember exactly what its called lol) it made the horse stick out from the others too
I really like HorseRider's idea I think I will do that for the show I have next weekend. I ended up banding my horse's mane and it looked really pretty. I tend to be a stickler for a natural mane but I decided to try banding her mane and really liked it. Because her mane was so long, it looked sort of natural too. We got second in equitation, and did pretty bad in pleasure but that was a training problem. We scratched our last class because we were like dieing in the heat.