Banded Mane or Long and Flowing?

by Dana Hokana | May 12th, 2011 2:01 PM | 1 Comment

Q. Hi, I own a 5-year-old western pleasure mare. I show every other weekend and I’m at local shows right now and I’m only 11, so I’m with my age group. And, so far I have won 1st place in all of my western pleasure classes, but I’m wondering about the styles of the mane. Is it short and banded, or long and flowing?


Geri :)

A. Congratulations Geri!  You are doing awesome and you must have a really nice horse!  I like to show my horses with a banded mane, usually short.  I have seen some people leave their horses’ manes long, and usually they band it.  The mane looked really good, but in my opinion I would do that on a horse that is really pretty in the head and neck and quiet with his topline, as the long mane looks busy if there’s a lot of movement.  I wish you the best of luck!

Thank you,

Dana Hokana

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Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry, and currently operates Dana Hokana Quarter Horses in Temecula, California. Raised in Southern California, she has had a lifelong love for horses. Dana has trained multiple Western Pleasure circuit champions, winners at major futurities, and horses who have placed in the top ten in Western Pleasure at both the All American Quarter Horse Congress and the AQHA World Championship Show. Riding her own stallion, Invested Dimension, she captured an AQHA Reserve World Championship title in Senior Western Pleasure.

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One Response to “Banded Mane or Long and Flowing?”

  1. Thank you! And she has a very low, still headset and i cut it recently it’s about 4 inches long right now but I think I’m going to cut it another inch and band it at the next show! Thank u so much!!

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