As Tiffany says, "Yes, I really am that superficial."
My favorite part of the Western Pleasure classes at the National Western Stock Show's Open Show had nothing to do with the performances and everything to do with the hair. Simply put, I can not remember ever watching a division with so much hair diversity.As anyone familiar with this type of showing would expect, a lot of the horses were banded.
After all, this is the classic Western Pleasure look for stock type horses.
I was considerably more surprised to see a number of roached horses.
The lack of mane on these horses isn't always obvious from the side, but it's unmistakable from this angle. That's one bald neck!On the other end of the spectrum, were the long, loose maned horses.
This group included all the light breed types as well as several stock horses.
Fewer in number, were the long maned, braided horses.
Once again, this group included both light breeds and stock breeds.
Last but certainly not least,
was my favorite group...
the hunter braided...
Western Pleasure horses!
Big happy sigh. I know it's terribly superficial, but looking at photos of Western horses in braids makes me really, really, really happy. How long do you think it will be before I incorporate this look into my model horse show string?