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post #1 of 19 Old 06-11-2009, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Braid for clinic?

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?
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post #2 of 19 Old 06-11-2009, 08:51 PM
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this one is kinda up in the air, because I've attended clinics where I've braided, and where I have not braided.

I would think since all of you are lower level, it would be perfectly acceptable to come to the clinic without braids-so long as the mane is nicely pulled and brushed
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post #3 of 19 Old 06-11-2009, 08:57 PM
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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.

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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!

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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.
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Here, I made a video on it!

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Thanks for the video Stormyblues! I think I can handle the rubber band braids. I tried the sewn in ones once and it was a train wreck. He'll look so cute in those little nubby braids!
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Take piccies!

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post #9 of 19 Old 06-11-2009, 09:48 PM
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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.

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post #10 of 19 Old 06-11-2009, 11:36 PM
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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.

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