We're having Tim Malin to our barn this weekend for a dressage clinic. Most of us are lower level riders and this is our first opportunity to school under a grand prix level rider. Is there any unwritten rule out there about braiding manes when it comes to something like a clinic? It's not like a show, but at the same time it is a higher profile event than I normally do. Any thoughts?
You don't have to braid. I've ridden in clinics under Olympic Level Eventers and never braided, and I've audited Dressage Clinics taught by Spannish Riding School Bereiters Herbert Seiberl and a Prix Saint George Dressage Competator named Sarah Hughes - and not one of the clinitians braided.
Just be sure your horse is well groomed. Mane is clean and presentable. Tack clean.
The most common apparel I see for Dressage Clinics is black breeches or tan, polo top and vest. Depending weather.
HAVE A BLAST!!!! Listen, ask questions when you can and observe. Get lots of piccies! I am excited for you!
I would braid, just my opnion, I ALWAYS braid for that kind of stuff. I like to make a nice first impression, espessially with such estemied riders! Good luck and have fun! And like MIE tack lots of pics and vids!
Yeah, I do want him to look his best for his moment in the sun. Now I just have to find someone who can show me how to braid in the next 24 hours...hee hee. I'm braiding challenged. It's part of why I find eventing so appealing.
I personally wouldn't braid. I can almost guarantee that the clinician isn't expecting it. Unless you are doing like a demo ride for an expo, I wouldn't. Like MIEventer has done, I have cliniced under Buck Davidson, Phillip Dutton, Michael Beining, and Moray Nicholson and no one was braided for any part of the two day clinics.
I would braid, but mostly because my horse REALLY doesn't like it when her hair gets in her ears. O_O
If you DO braid, I wouldn't worry about anything fancy. My personal favorite is making a lot of little braids, and only braiding the top four inches or so and banding them then. Kind of like this...
That's my baby, [literally, she is 10 months] and she doesn't so much care about her hair in her ears, but she looks super cute when she's all braided up. I would have posted a picture of my other horse but her mane is white and her neck is white, so you really can't see the braids, lool.