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    what side should a hunter horse's mane lay on?

    After reading the thread on sleazies, they discussed what side a horse's mane should lay on. It was said that a hunter horse's mane should lay on the right side. AH! I got my Thoroughbred gelding a few months ago and his mane was soooo thick that it laid on both sides of his neck. So I shaved out the underneath and started braiding it to train it to lay on one side. So far it's looking good, but I'm training it to lay on the LEFT side. I want to show him in Hunters, possibly Jumpers, at the end of this show season and there is no way that I can have the underneath of his mane grown out and laying on the other side by then. Does it really matter which side it lays on?
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    Okay so I think it was my post that got you wondering. It's been a while since I really thought about it but I remember being taught that the mane is supposed to be on the right side. I don't know if it has to be for showing but I just grabbed an copy of a show mag I had lying around and flipped throught it. Every horse in that mag has their mane on the right side of their neck (the pics for the most part are from A circut h/j shows on the west coast). Maybe it's different else where but it is what I've always learned

    I feel your pain with the crazy mane. My old horse had a mane that seemed to sprout from the about half way down and it went out in every direction. Plus he was half draft so it was a very thick mane. It was a big pain but we kept in long braids down the right side and even added so gel and hair spray to make is stay. We had to redo the braids every few days but it did the trick. As for when you show your horse if it is not a rated show I'm sure you can get away with it but I would start trying to train it to the other side. If it is a rated show just make sure you braid it as neatly as possible on the right side of the neck.

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    Yeah, it was i who did the post on sleazys. I know it's should fall on the right, im not sure what the whole case is i had read it somewhere and realized all my horses manes are on the right
    um, so im not sure about shows, sorry. But if it is nessescary for shows for it to fall to the right maybe you could do the unter braids on the right side of the neck? Im not quite sure how that'd work though... ahh idk im probably just confusing SORRY

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    LOL yes, I didn't want to mention names and sound rude or something. It just got me curious.
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    It would be almost impossible for me to do hunter braids on the right side of his neck, because of the way I shaved it.

    But I'm just wondering, why would it matter what side? Some horses have it naturally growing on the right side, and some on the left. Saying the mane has to lay on the right side would be like saying it's a fault if it naturally grows on the left side, right? Ah now I'm probably confusing, but thank you both.
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    idk, some things still boggle my mind as to why it looks best one certain way in the horse world.

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    Unless you are showing at a fairly high level (such as in a rated hunter division which are 3'-3'6" at a bigger multi-day USEF circuit shows), I doubt which the side that mane lays on will make a hoot of a difference in your placings. In my area no one really ever braids for the local club approved type shows except for the championship one where they hold the medal finals. It would be an issue for several reasons if you were thinking of having a professional braid your horse though (being cut rather than pulled and being on the left side).

    Did you use a detached clipper blade to thin the mane underneath or actually buzz it off with electric clippers?


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    Sorry to confuse you more. I think you can leave it as is for now (unless it is a big show). Most likey the judge won't count it against you at a small show. But once the shaved part grows out I would work on getting it trained to the other side. And next time avoid shaving it if you can, try a thinning comb or just plain old pulling. I know it does make it seem like a mane on the left is a fault but as with much in h/j it is traditional and so it's expected.

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    The right side of the neck has been the proper side for braids to be...Cathy
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    yeah, like around here i just did some research and even gsdhja shows which are recognized by the county points will be deducted for a main on the left.

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