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    07-13-2008, 10:11 PM
I'm a western pleasure rider and not cutting the mane is a big no no in my arena. My horses manes are under 2 inches and are banded with about 30-40 bands.

BUT, that's not everyones cup of tea. If a judge is a real judge they should not glance at a horse and go "hm... that mane is not approx. 1 inch and 3/4 inch. THEY'RE ELIMINATED!"

I suggest what you do is you brush,brush,brush. Trim the ends just to give it a nice look even if its long. Depending on the length maybe band? But that's totally up to you.

You can always use gel so it stays nice and smooth and all down.

Just so long as he doesnt go in there with bed head I'm sure it'll be fine =)

Hope that's helpful!

-Mary Honora
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    07-22-2008, 10:11 AM
I pull my horses even but not short and he wins both at Halter and WP I think it's the all around grooming of the horse not so much the length of the mane, if you want to show off a good neck though then you might want to pull short, I think Jake has gotten beat by pulled manes before but like you I'd quit showing before I'd pull it that short.
    07-22-2008, 10:15 AM
Short manes=less maintenance lol...I know some breeds cants go short but I like keeping mine short (i do some showing though too)
    07-22-2008, 01:31 PM
I would keep it long. We should our Stallion and we keep his mane long.
    07-23-2008, 12:30 PM
I kept Nandos mane long too
Ok, the judges like to see a short mane and so on but Iīve already won pleasure shows with a long mane...
And I think itīs not that bad to keep it long if youīre "just going to local shows"

But I donīt know what itīs like at you here in germany itīs not soo bad.
    07-24-2008, 12:54 AM
Hmm, the whole purpose of a short banded mane is to keep the hair discreet and immobile. This is so the judge can watch the horse's top line and movement without the distraction of a long mane.

However, its not that big of a deal at local shows, and if they discriminate at locals, then they are just being pointlessly self-important.
    11-13-2008, 09:49 PM

This is how the mane normally is for western pleasure. Altough some AQHA pleasure horses are starting to be shown with long manes. They are still banded like in the picture but they are banded again about a inch down and they band 2 of the bands together. And they do it again one more time. It kind of makes a diamond effect, but either way the mane should still be banded and cutting the mane is what most people do.
    11-14-2008, 01:34 AM
I would do a running braid down the neck.
It shows that while you didn't go short, you respect the judge and show hosts enough to not be lazy and still do SOMETHING with the mane.
I do this for horses I show once or twice.
    11-17-2008, 12:44 PM
You can basket weave the mane but it takes a little time
    11-18-2008, 06:14 PM
I agree with leaving the mane. It looks so much prettier long anyway. BTW, I LOVE your avatar. Your horse is sooo pretty.

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