Flytes/Flights in Shire Manes?

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    06-06-2013, 08:59 AM
Flytes/Flights in Shire Manes?

For ages I have seen pictures of Shires with these tab thingies in their manes. I believe these are called flights? Or flytes? I have a few questions about them.

Why do Shires have these in their manes?
What sort of shows do you need them for?
History of these tab thingies?

Thanks in advance!
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    06-06-2013, 10:09 AM
They are used as decoration for all types of situations - we used them in hitch classes in shows on our Belgians. I always braided first and then put them in. They have wire ties that twist into the braid to hold it standing in place. As for braiding I am sure there are vids or books that can explain. I was taught by a fellow drafts person that had spent years in the show ring.

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