Braiding a Long Mane for Eventing!

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    07-14-2012, 09:52 AM
Braiding a Long Mane for Eventing!

My horse was lame and is just getting back into work after pulling a muscle cross country. I have been shareboarding an Thoroughbred/quarter horse from a lady at my barn. In a few weeks me and two other girls wanted to go to our first mini event (we are at a mostly western barn) and I found out yesterday I will be using this horse and doing 18" combined test since we can't get to an cross country course before then with him. How should I do his mane? His owner said my one rule is do not cut his mane or tale and it is really thin but goes down to the bottom of his neck. I have tried to french or dutch braid it but its so thin and wispy it looks awful and falls out right away. All idea welcomed! Thanks!
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    07-14-2012, 12:24 PM
Okay to start off I am not an eventer so I don't know what the rules on braiding is so if I am wrong sorry.

But have you thought about fishnetting it?
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    07-14-2012, 12:47 PM
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    07-14-2012, 01:08 PM
You could try a scallop braid.

    07-14-2012, 01:49 PM
Ok thanks! His mane is thin so I am not sure how the fishnet would look. Scallop would look awesome but I am not sure how well it would work. How do you scallop a long mane?
    07-17-2012, 06:04 PM
Have you tried asking the person who owns him? If she has shown him she would probably know what has worked and what hasn't worked in the past.
    07-17-2012, 06:20 PM
The lady that owns him bought him as a trail horse. She has only shown in drill team shows. She doesnt even want to cut his bridle path or whiskers (but my instructor is going to talk to her about that).
    07-18-2012, 10:04 AM
Since pulling the mane is not an option, and I don't have any ideas other than the scallop braid, a running braid (or french braid), or a web or net braid, I would actually suggest not braiding.

If the mane is not ungodly long, having the horses mane free can come in handy as a "oh crap" grab strap. If the horse has a really long mane, this could prevent an issue with getting tangled up in the reins and/or your hands.

For Dressage the scallop braid would probably be your best bet. For cross country and show jumping, I would leave upbraided (if its allowed) or perhaps start a web braid and let the rest of the mane lay naturally (see picture below) That way, the mane is out of the way and if your horse has a thin mane...this should be completely doable.
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    07-18-2012, 10:07 AM
Is it too long to do buttons with? That's what I often see eventers ride with.
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    07-18-2012, 10:13 AM
This is him. It was taken a few years ago but his mame is only about two inches longer. I would LOVE to do buttons but am not sure I can.

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