Long Mane and Showing?

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  1. cassiebaby150

    cassiebaby150 Senior Member+

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    I'm taking my 4 year old, Diamond, to an open horse show this weekend and am trying to figure out what to do with her mane. She is being shown in halter and a couple riding classes. Any ideas?
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  2. ChestersMomma

    ChestersMomma Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    What riding classes? If not reining, I would say trim it.

    The best thing I ever did was bite the bullet and let go of my guy's long mane. I was so scared because I loved his long locks, but the short looks neater and is WAY easier to get to look nice for a show!!
     
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    cassiebaby150 Senior Member+

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    She'll probably be shown in a trail class and a couple English walk- trot classes. I really don't want to cut her mane thoughave. It'd be different if I were showing a bunch but this is just one local show just for experience for her.
    I'm trying to find some kind of braid that would look nice and neat.
     
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  4. FaeriesFaith

    FaeriesFaith Senior Member

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    Per has a running braid
     
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    bnttyra Senior Member

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    Trim it up a bit and band it. It is an open show and they aren't that picky, heck, we left Nikki's long mane down with no bands for this past weekend's AQHA show and it didn't hurt her one bit. She showed in SMS and placed second.
     
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  6. ChestersMomma

    ChestersMomma Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    You could do diamond bands. They only look good if they're neat, though. Give yourself time.
     
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    VermilionStrife Senior Member

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    I would just cut it, especially since you're wanting to show english. Judges where I show don't like a sloppy mane even at the open level unless you're willing to devote hours to doing the diamond bands. A mane will grow back.
     
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  8. FaeriesFaith

    FaeriesFaith Senior Member

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    Is it bad I can knock off a lovely neat diamond bands in an hour or less?
    Mind you I have a crud tone of practice and my horse's mane isn't naturally very long or thick.......
     
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    I would say try a running braid. If you know how to do a simple three-strand braid, a running braid won't be hard to do.
     
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    I agree with a running or diamond braid for small open shows just for the simple fact I think her mane is pretty and if you keep her outside turned out its nice if they can shake their mane to help keep the flies off this time of year. Again, I'm a sucker for a long mane anyhow. Lol
     

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