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post #1 of 14 Old 10-15-2020, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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side the mane lays on

Have any of you noticed behavior traits of horses whose mane lays to the right or left. I've thought about this a lot on pasture rides. I'm sure there must be a connection with the mind of horses. My horses one lays right and the other lays left and there is night a day differences in attitude and stability (mental). I've read a lot on whorls but, never manes.What's your thoughts?
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-16-2020, 02:15 AM
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In the UK it is accepted that the mane should lay on the right, when showing plaits are always on the right.

I cannot say that I have ever noticed different temperaments with the side a mane lies.
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-16-2020, 02:29 AM
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In the English riding/showing world the mane should lie on the right, always. Plaits are on the right. This is even true in showjumping where there are no marks for presentation but everybody presents nicely anyway out of respect for the judges. (Sometimes with plaited manes, sometimes banded, always tidy)

I have horses with manes that naturally want to lie in varying ways. I haven't noticed any correlation with temperament in regards to this, and training the mane to lie on the right makes absolutely no difference.
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post #4 of 14 Old 10-16-2020, 04:03 AM
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My mare is a paint. The white portion of her mane wants to lie to the left and the black part to the right. I don't know what that would say about her temperament. Scatterbrain maybe?
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post #5 of 14 Old 10-16-2020, 04:43 AM
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Traditionally to the off-side, the right, so that swords could be drawn without catching in the mane.

I'd always worked to keep manes to the right, and plaited to the right, until my last horse, who's mane was determined to sit on the left. When i let it to do it's own thing, it sat perfectly to the left and the world didn't come to an end.

I've never experienced it affecting temperament, however, I can imagine that if you force hair in the wrong direction it could cause soreness in the skin and muscle, irritating the horse until it gets used to the new side. I know what it's like to have a sore scalp when my long hair has been held against my natural shed or tightly in a braid and bun.

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I have one horse who had so much mane that, until a few years ago it split smack down the middle and laid equally on both sides — below his shoulders. These days the majority stays on the left with only a small portion at the top wanting to be on the right.

I have trail horses so I have never tried to force manes to one side or the other.

I have never noticed a difference in personality traits, due to manes being on one side or the other.
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post #7 of 14 Old 10-17-2020, 06:11 PM
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So there is no hope for my sweet angel boy? No swords. No braids. Such is life.
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So there is no hope for my sweet angel boy? No swords. No braids. Such is life.
Yes! Exactly like that

Joker’s mane started thinning out when he hit 22 -23? He had also developed insulin resistance when he was 17. I don’t know if that had a hand in the thinning or just his age.

He turned 25 in August. Some of his mane is still down to his shoulders, though.
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Dillon's mane is long and very thick. I have been glad more than once because it makes something very nice to hang on to.

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Never given it any thought, till a chiro vet at a lecture said it was a sign of body imbalance if their mane only want to go to one side or another. Then started taking notice & have since asked other bodyworkers & been told the same. And my boy had a mane that always 'dressed to the left', until he had his pelvis sorted, when it started to go both ways. As he's got old & the chronic imbalances he had till then have seemed no longer fixable he now predominantly dresses to the right.
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