Miniature Horse - Grooming & Showmanship
You need to check with the rules of the miniature division in the 4-H Horse Program Pennsylvania, if that's where you will be showing. If they follow American Miniature Horse Association (AMHA) rules, you can also get those questions answered by checking out their rule book. You are allowed to braid the mane and tail in some classes, but not others.
Here is the the set of rules from AMHA: http://www.amha.org/rulebook/Show-Rules.pdf. Hope that helps!
I appreciate your help, but this answer was not helpful. I printed and read the 100 pages of rules. On page 129 CL-080 Showmanship, it says under 3 b. Grooming: 15 pts, Mane & tail, free of tangles and clean. That was the only mention of manes in the whole rule book. I've also read the 4-H rule book and can't find the answer.
For 4-H, are we expected to button braid for hunters and band for western, or should the mane be left long? I would prefer not to braid but don't want to be penalized if we don't. I know in grooming and showmanship (for riding horses), it's expected that manes be braided in the same style that you are showing (western, saddle seat, or hunt seat). I guess what I need to know is, is it the same for miniature horses, or do we leave the manes long and unbraided? I can't seem to find the answer to this anywhere.
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