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    02-29-2012, 08:40 PM
Green Broke
Sleazys and braids

This is probably a really dumb questions, but I'd rather ask instead of just doing and have something even more dumb happen.

I am planning on braiding Cin for his upcoming show. I am also planning on using a Sleazy hood to help keep aforementioned braids in tact. On Friday night before the show they let you use the arena to get your horse accustomed to it and the judges stand/table etc. My question is, is it okay to ride Cin with his sleazy on or do I need to take it off for his Friday Night "get to know the arena" ride?
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    02-29-2012, 08:42 PM
Green Broke
You can leave it on! It's super common at Western shows, a little bit less common at English shows, but either way, in the warmup it won't matter!
    02-29-2012, 08:45 PM
As Macabre said, leave it on. Everyone does until it's "showtime".
    02-29-2012, 09:31 PM
Yea it's really common. Just try it out before the day of the show. No need to be launched into the air for the sake of clean braids.
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    02-29-2012, 09:36 PM
Yep, everyone at the 4-H shows around here leaves it on until before they go in the ring.
    02-29-2012, 10:38 PM
Well, I have a different opinion - I have been showing since 1994, using Sleezy/slinkies for bands and braids and have NEVER rode with one on. There is no reason to, and if you leave it on, and actually work your horse, they will get sweaty underneath it and when that sweat dries, they will itch, and will then rub your braids and all your hard work will go away (and possibly even the mane :( ). Take it off, if you need to hose your horse off, then just wash the braids off with the hose (no soap, just water - even works if you need to get dust/shavings out), and you will be good to go. And before you put the slinky back on for the night get all sweat marks off and all the itches gone. Trust me, the braids are easy to rub out and you don't want to find that on show morning :)
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    02-29-2012, 10:54 PM
Green Broke

In all my years of showing, I have very rarely ever seen someone get their horse sweaty the night before a show. The purpose of riding is to expose them to the arena, not tire them out. I'm pretty sure that's a non issue.
    02-29-2012, 11:06 PM
Green Broke
In Cin's case we just loosen up a bit and then work on the metal bleachers, the sound stand and the judges stand (a portable table with chairs on it). I usually have friends and the such move around on the judges table, the bleachers etc. I was happy I did last year as I had a not so nice ex trainer decide to throw a stud chain down onto the metal bleachers as I went by during my test...right in front of my husband. But anyway, Cin didn't even bat an eye :)
    03-01-2012, 09:58 PM
Green Broke
Honestly, I think it's a bad idea to ride with one on.

They are not made for riding in, and like a previous poster said, all it's going to do is make him hot or sweat. Plus, the friction to the braids will end up doing more damage than good. What's the harm in taking it off while you ride and putting it back on?
    03-03-2012, 08:37 PM
I've seen people warm up with them on without a problem. I personally like take Dallas's off. I'll put it back on if I have awhile to wait before my class. I always worry that if I ride with it Dallas will get sweaty(not because I work him hard but because it's hot out and the sleazy is like another layer on top of his black coat.), or it will get snagged on something. Lol.

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