If he was yours, what would you do?!

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My little lad is 3/4 andalusian, 1/4 welsh b. He is currently working the 'I'm a beautiful Spanish stallion' look with long mane and tail, which looks gorgeous as he charges around, but i think he could look equally good pulled and trimmed in more of a show pony type. If he was yours, what would you do?

 

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That is my plan, I've always loved Spanish horses so to finally own one and then trim it would seem like a sin (although I do think he'd look fab!...and in all this mud its easy to get tempted!)

I think my dad is also going for the untrimmed look!
 

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I would keep him as he is and post him to Flowerlady


Thank you in anticipation


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I would happily post him to you - you can re-back the little feral monster for me and then send him back!
 

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Keep it Spanish!!! Hes lovely.

I know what you men about the mud thou, I have a haffie with long blonde locks, and get tempted with all the mud but I know I just could bring myself to do it.
 

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Keep it Spanish!!! Hes lovely.

I know what you men about the mud thou, I have a haffie with long blonde locks, and get tempted with all the mud but I know I just could bring myself to do it.

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My ponys best mate is a haffie! Thankfully she is very ladylike with an aversion to any kind of grubbyness, so her mane stays beautiful all year round...am tempted to rub some mud into her mane one day just so her owner doesn't get too spoilt!
 

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I have a Spanish horse of 'mixed breeding'; he's about to be backed.

I'm keeping the mane long and the plan is to plait it Spanish style when the occasion demands it. I cut the tail to keep it off the ground.

I don't know how long I'll be able to tkeep that up but surely it can't be any more difficult than putting in a row of plaits in a pulled mane - can it?

 

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Well you can't argue the fact that he'd look equally as beautiful either way but if your one of these that likes to keep his mane in lovely condition and clean etc then I'd keep it long, because it will always look nice as well as looking all Spanish etc but it might be easier to keep and maintain (depending on if he's a mud monster and how you rug him etc) to pull it so its short and smart.

Myself....I'd leave it long!
 

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I have a half Lusitano (well thats what he was sold as, no proof though) and I have pulled his mane. I think the management of a long mane would be a nightmare, and he is a very hot bod so having it short means its easier in the summer imho. It depends what you plan to do with him though, for showing and dressage it would be fine, but I personally wouldn't want a long mane and tail for xc. I do think they look lovely when they're long though


He has a unpulled tail though, he lives out 24/7 in the summer, and I'd feel mean pulling it. It gets plaited for eventing, but left for SJ.
 

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I've been practicing my running plaits! Au natural also has the extra benefit of giving me something extra to hang on to when re-backing, mane+breastplate+'JESUS!!!!' handle (strap on front of saddle) = less chance of testing out my riding hat and body protector!

He is quite hunky, although at 14.1hh is is a mini-me andalusian!
 

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Keep him as he is - at least he's a nice dark colour.
You can either chop his tail in the winter (it will soon grow back in the spring) to keep it out of the mud or put it in a braid - we do this with my grey quarter horse mare and use tail bags in the field, I was surprised how pleasant her tail was when I dared to unbraid it the other day!
You'll use buckets of condtioner - if you put this in his mane braids it will keep the mud at bay to an extent - any lots of shampoo but it's all worth it when you get to admire their lovely long locks on a nice summer's day.
 
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He is lovely just as he is. Both my ponies are kept untrimmed as I prefer it. The oldest boy often sports mud dreadlocks, he thinks he looks cool in front of his mates I think!!
 

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I'm normally a fan of neatly pulled manes and tails. However, you're biy looks so gorgeous how he is. He really is a lovely stamp of horse. (Jealous!) xx
 

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Dont touch his mane or his tail. I have a purebred and I never touch either. He gets a muddy mane but I wait untill its dry and then crumble it. I keep his body very clean but sometimes just leave his mane muddy. As long as he is fit and healthy, a bit of mud in his mane doesnt bother me.
 

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Thanks guys, he is a super little horse, I got really lucky finding him. I think a lot of people discounted his ad last year because of his size, i think the trend is for taller and taller andys but he is only 14.1hh. Id never have thought about breeding an andy to a welsh b but it really works if you like a small horse. He is naturally uphill and moves beautifully - lets hope that transfers to being ridden! He is very light boned but hopefully they are pretty tough. I will definitely keep him as he is, the long mane suits him i think. Funny, i thought people would say to pull him!

 

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I am missing having a long mane for plaiting, I could do a crest runninng plait in 5 mins
proper plaiting I am still not that good at and it takes ages.

Trouble I had with running plait is that it wouldnt look that smart for very long. I used to put one in a lot generally as he got so hot under his mane and it rather got in the way
 

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I personally would pull his mane. Although it might be some job - I have a half Lusitano and his mane is SO thick its unbelievable so it takes some doing to trim it enough to plait it.

It depends what you want to do. If you plan to compete him then Id definately pull because a long mane isn't very practical and won't look right for a lot of things.
 
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