Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: An hour north of Dallas, Texas in Texas Horse Country!
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If you're showing in local shows, there is no need to cut the horse's mane. The judges are looking for the proper movement, collection, smooth transitions and other criteria -- none of which include the horse's mane. I'd rather ride a solid western pleasure horse with a long mane into the ring than ride a perfectly groomed horse that is not ready to be in the class yet. Concentrate on the elements that will be judged (educate yourself as to what those are exactly for your competitions) and work on those. If you have problems placing well, try to get feedback from the judge if possible. And always consider taking or auditing the classes the judges must take, so you know exactly (from the judge's point of view) what they are looking for. Even in those classes, you'll discover that the horse's mane is not on the evaluation criteria list.
Do a solid job of prepping for your pleasure classes and leave the mane long if you wish. :) Have fun!