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  • Braid a Horse's Mane
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    03-09-2010, 06:30 PM
  #11
Yearling
I'm in the same situation, except right now i'm leasing. Just a part lease though; I can't afford a full-lease either at the moment. What I would suggest is to find a way to make money. I've learned how to braid and am braiding for John Flint at the Midwest Horse Fair. Sure, i'm doing it as a favor to my instructor, but it's a great way to get out there and really figure out what i'll need to be doing.
I really want to show this summer (and show in Maclay classes in high school) so i'm planning on baby-sitting and working at my friends' parents' store because we can't afford it if I don't find some way of making money.
I don't know if you do this or not, but if you have lessons on the weekends, can you stay out all day? I do that, and I usually end up helping my instructor, watching other lessons, and doing odd-jobs around the barn to help out, all the while learning. At this age and in my situation there isn't much more that I can do, but you should try to do as much as possible, even just to help out or watch lessons or make money doing non-horsey things to support your horsey passion :). That's what i'm doing, and things have only been getting better since I started doing these things.
And one more thing: have you asked your trainer if you could do a part-lease on the horse? Tell her that you simply aren't financially able to do a full-lease, and if even if she says no, at least you tried. I'm sure she wouldn't hold it against you :). There's no harm in asking.
And, above all, make sure you don't let horses get in the way of your school work. For a little while I was doing that, and my grades dropped to C's and low B's. Your parents will (most likely) restrict your horse time if you aren't keeping up in school, and an education is the most important thing. Good luck!
     
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    03-10-2010, 09:45 PM
  #12
Foal
The person above struck me the most. I also am working towards the Maclay. I work from 6 am- 10pm on saturdays. I muck feed and turnout. I am working on braiding but I just got a concussion the other day by getting kicked in the head by a horse. I cannot find a babysitting job because my parents will not drive me =/ I have absolutely no place to work =/ and I am trying to learn how to braid but I can't seem to find someone to teach me. Does anyone have any advice or good places to go to in CT that can help me at all? The littlest things help. This summer I spent all my time at the barn.... litterally all of it... I even slept there for a couple of weeks lol. I just need help of getting professional lessons, and basically I'm lacking parental figures which is really bothering me. =/
     
    03-10-2010, 10:01 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by stormyweather101    
The person above struck me the most. I also am working towards the Maclay. I work from 6 am- 10pm on saturdays. I muck feed and turnout. I am working on braiding but I just got a concussion the other day by getting kicked in the head by a horse. I cannot find a babysitting job because my parents will not drive me =/ I have absolutely no place to work =/ and I am trying to learn how to braid but I can't seem to find someone to teach me. Does anyone have any advice or good places to go to in CT that can help me at all? The littlest things help. This summer I spent all my time at the barn.... litterally all of it... I even slept there for a couple of weeks lol. I just need help of getting professional lessons, and basically I'm lacking parental figures which is really bothering me. =/
i just learned from watching YouTube videos (not many but they are there haha) and from just practicing. Sure, it takes a while, but it's worth it! If you get good enough, you might be able to make a bit of cash doing it, too. I'm the same way- my parents are supportive of me and all, but they just don't want to shell out thousands of dollars extra for my riding (which is understandable).
Here's some links to a couple videos for braiding (visuals always help me haha):
How To Plait A Horse's Tail (Lifestyle & Home: Horses)
^^ no clue what she's doing with the tops, but it at least gives you an idea of what to do haha. Hope these help. It takes a long time to sort through YouTube videos haha. I didn't want to spend money going to a braiding clinic or anything like that, so these helped me a lot.
     
    03-11-2010, 04:54 AM
  #14
Banned
FYI,

Neither the first or the second vid shows braiding appropriate for the hunter show ring in the US. I haven't seen a pinwheel end to a tail braid in the show ring for a while, eithe, but I've been out of it for a while, so maybe it's making a comeback.

I would recommend watching a professional braider first, and then offering the braider a fee to teach you.

Here's a better link:

Managing Mane Braiding - HorseChannel.com


The descripiton of the technique is good, but I think the horse's mane looks crappy in the final photos.

This is what the finished product *should* look like:
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    03-11-2010, 05:18 PM
  #15
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by maura    
FYI,

Neither the first or the second vid shows braiding appropriate for the hunter show ring in the US. I haven't seen a pinwheel end to a tail braid in the show ring for a while, eithe, but I've been out of it for a while, so maybe it's making a comeback.

I would recommend watching a professional braider first, and then offering the braider a fee to teach you.

Here's a better link:

Managing Mane Braiding - HorseChannel.com


The descripiton of the technique is good, but I think the horse's mane looks crappy in the final photos.

This is what the finished product *should* look like:
i agree with you, but it does give you an idea of how to do it- you can just ignore the pinweel, and- for me, at least- I knew what the braids in hunter shows look like (typically) and it wasn't to hard to figure out. Good li agree with you, but it does give you an idea of how to do it- you can just ignore the pinweel, and- for me, at least- I knew what the braids in hunter shows look like (typically) and it wasn't to hard to figure out :)
     
    04-08-2010, 10:08 AM
  #16
Foal
Babee, I already told you that you can lease pumpkin for free. Why do you refuse to go for it?
     
    04-08-2010, 01:47 PM
  #17
Weanling
It was the same for me growing up. I have loved horses since ... forever. Unfortunately my parents weren't in a great financial situation, so I didn't have a lot of access to horses.

I worked my butt off to purchase my first horse when I was a teenager. The only advice I can give is to grab every opportunity that you possibly can: work in a stable, get a summer job, ect. I did this in exchange for riding lessons.

I'm in my early 20s and will never 'make it big'. Let's be realistic. Unless you come from money or parents with a strong horse background and start you in horses very young, it's very hard to make a dent in this industry. But that doesn't stop me from doing everything I can to futher myself and my riding. I feel that I got to where I am today soley due to my hard work.

Good luck!
     

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