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  • Braiding horses with long manes
  • English braid for horses with long hair

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    07-18-2012, 09:14 AM
How long can the mane be for scallops?
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    07-21-2012, 01:51 PM
Fishnetting (Diamond braiding) is perfectly fine for dressage. It's mainly used on Haflingers, but other horses can do it too. I personally don't do more than a few rows and mine are set farther apart. It works very well on a thin mane.
The scallop braid will not be your best friend. It's very difficult to braid a thin mane to the end of the hair because it gets extremely sparse by the end of the braid, and since his mane is likely uneven, you'll have to fold the braids over to make each one even (which means you can use yarn to braid in) and then attempt to sew them in.
The french braid is fine for a thin mane. You might not be doing it right if it's falling out right away.
I wouldn't suggest a french (running) braid for a thin mane because it can damage the hair when he moves and since he doesn't have much anyway...
    07-21-2012, 07:15 PM
I think it's too long for buttons. He is very handsome. Dressage is so formal, I would not want to lose points for something that is not "done." You should probably ask someone who has been to that event what they have seen there. Probably best to leave it down though.
    07-24-2012, 06:31 PM
I would do whichever braid you decide for dressage. For SJ and XC I would leave it down for sure! At lower level events, at least around here, almost all people take out their braids for jumping. It gives you something to grab in an "oh crap" moment. Plus you don't have to make it look nice all of the time. Have fun at your event!
    07-26-2012, 11:27 AM
Running braid would be the quickest way.
    08-02-2012, 12:38 PM
    08-03-2012, 07:47 AM
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For palominos you're not meant to braid.

I had a palomino and that was what I was always told. Because of their coloured manes they're meant to be kept natural.

With a mane that length I'd just leave it, as long as it's clean and knot-free it should be fine.
    08-03-2012, 07:26 PM
Green Broke
For the dressage potion, button braids are the "proper" thing to do, no matter what color the horse is. (There are some breed exceptions).

That being said, for lower level shows you're OK doing whatever you want (even leaving it down) as long as it looks neat. I LOVE my horse's long (but not thick) mane and would never cut it to do button braids, so I do a running braid. (I keep his mane in a running braid at home, too, otherwise it turns into dreadlocks!) Because I do it so often, I've gotten pretty good at it and it will stay in for more than a week only getting a little fuzzy looking at the top where the shortest hairs pop out. Practice is definitely the key to a good running braid!
    08-03-2012, 10:15 PM
Always button braids for dressage. Palominos are no exception...
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    08-04-2012, 12:01 AM
Originally Posted by arrowattack09    
Always button braids for dressage. Palominos are no exception...
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They might not be in the US, but they are in some cases in Australia.

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