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post #1 of 31 Old 08-19-2011, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Braids braids everywhere!!

So as some of you already know, my very first RECOGNIZED Horse Trial is in a few short weeks and I am SOOOO excited! I of course want to go the proper route and will be dressing myself and my horse up, including braiding her, which I've never done for a show (no one does it at the schooling shows around here it seems).

I'm going to braid her for the schooling mini trial this weekend just for practice, so I thought I'd start a fun thread where you can show pics of your braided Eventers! ;) And I have heard Eventers don't braid the tail, just the forelock and the mane...is that everyone's experience?

Here are the kind of braids I plan on doing on Sandie (except my trainer taught me a slightly different version which ends up with just top "button" part, not top and bottom like this video shows):


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post #2 of 31 Old 08-19-2011, 12:50 PM
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I wouldn't braid the tail. It's just not done in the eventing world. I've used yarn but prefer bands. It's easier with a horse that doesn't stand very well to be braided

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I don't like the braids with the white yarn..i just do it with white or black bands.
(i like black ones the most)
I try to make so few braids as possible because my horse has a very long nek and a lot of braids make him look like a giraffe :)
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post #4 of 31 Old 08-19-2011, 02:27 PM
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or u can just cheat like i do and roach their manes off! :)

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I don't like the braids with the white yarn..i just do it with white or black bands.
(i like black ones the most)
I try to make so few braids as possible because my horse has a very long nek and a lot of braids make him look like a giraffe :)
Well you're supposed to buy thread/yarn that matches your horse's mane ;) She mentioned in the video she was just using a contrasting color so you could see it better for the demo. I bought black for Sandie since she's a buckskin!

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I wouldn't braid the tail. It's just not done in the eventing world.
Good deal, that's what I've heard and it's one less thing to mess with anyway!

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post #7 of 31 Old 08-19-2011, 05:26 PM
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Great video. It's hard to find good braiding videos. I thought that button braid were used in eventing, though, but the video shows hunter braids. Is either acceptable?
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post #8 of 31 Old 08-19-2011, 06:18 PM
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Not quite sure why all the videos I see do that realy strange method with thread that makes it look so fiddely!!
what an absolute faff!!

I always plait with thread, I've never seen anyone here plait the way in those videos.
The way I was taught is a lot less bother, I can plait a horse in 20 mins flat to show ring standard. I find it far easier to plait a fiddley horse or a horse that wont stand with thread. Sewing it up means I have more control of the size and shape of the plaits.

I plait exactly the same way irregardless of what disciplines

This lad takes me generaly 20 mins to plait and no he does not stand still


This plaiting job took me 20 mins in the back of a moving vehicle

Allare sewn inbut not using the method bove

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I plait the same way faye does. Though I'm not quite as fast. I take about 40 minutes. I'm still perfecting it haha. But waxed thread and a needle is the way to go! I'll have to get some pictures of Ace the next time I braid. He looks fabulous.

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wow, it takes me forever to braid! i would be a lot less grumpy about it if i was as fast you guys.
i think its great to braid for your mini-trial. My trainer has us braid for almost everything. i guess its just lots of good practice.
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