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Pick a Favorite: Four Mane Styles

The AQHA Instagram followers told us their go-to mane style, and we’re sharing how get the most out of each look.

By Tara Matsler
The American Quarter Horse Journal
July 17, 2014

mane styles for American Quarter Horses: banded, roached, braided and natural

Popular mane styles for American Quarter Horses (clockwise from top left): lattice-banded, braided, roached and natural. (Credit: Journal)

Toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe. You say poh-tay-toe, I say poh-tah-toe. So when I say my favorite mane style is au natural, I’ll certainly respect your opinion that banded is best. 

We asked our Instagram followers to weigh in on the mane-style debate. As you can see in our chart below, the Naturals had it. Toss your hat in the ring and tag us in a pic of your favorite mane style (@AQHAJournal on Twitter, @officialaqha on Instagram or on the AQHA Facebook page). 

If you’re looking to get the most out of your horse’s mane style, here are a few tips you might want to try. 

  • Banded. AQHA Professional Horsewoman Margo Ball shares two solutions for finishing your horse’s forelock to complete the mane-banding process. 
  • Braided. Get your hunt seat horse’s braids looking like a million bucks with these step-by-step instructions from AQHA world champion Stacey Huls. 
  • Natural. Use these tips and tricks for growing your horse’s mane into luscious locks. 

AQHA Instagram followers vote on their favorite horse mane styles