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        08-20-2011, 06:39 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    When I was in Ireland, the ladies doing a one day where I was staying, braided with bands. That way, they could pull the braids out quicker for the cross country portion, and have mane to grab, instead of having braids left in.
         
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        08-20-2011, 08:08 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    I would be disowned if I used bands, lol.

    And it only takes me about 15 minutes to take out sewn in braids. If you sew them up a certain way you only need to snip two threads and the braid comes down and you can pull it out.
         
        08-20-2011, 08:29 PM
      #13
    Trained
    I wish I could braid in 20 mins, Takes me ages and ages
         
        08-20-2011, 09:11 PM
      #14
    Started
    Sewing in button braids is the easiest thing ever once you know how to get it done.

    Like Strange said you just cut a few threads and you have a free mane. Just make sure to wet it down well so you don't get the poodle look ;)
         
        08-21-2011, 08:33 AM
      #15
    Green Broke
    I was actually taught by my trainer to do bands. Must be a regional thing. She grew up in California and spent years in England getting her Intermediate British Horse Society certification. That's where she learned to do bands.

    I used to use yarn but I trust her opinion more ;)
         
        08-21-2011, 08:44 AM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Eventerdrew, I'm very suprised your instructor was taught to use bands.
    My mum did her BHS AI at the wirral riding centre with the Haddons in charge, she had to plait her horse up before every lesson, with thread and they had to be perfect or she had to take them out and start again.
    No horse left its stable untill it's feet had been oils and they even hacked out in full jackets and stocks.

    Infact over here plaiting with lazy is seen as lazy and unproffessional and generaly only done by showjumpers as thier turnout often leaves a lot to be desired.
         
        08-21-2011, 08:50 AM
      #17
    Green Broke
    I was surprised too considering most of the people that I know that learned in England braid totally differently.

    I think bands look fine, though and until I have a groom and I'm going Advanced, bands are fine with me :)
         
        08-21-2011, 09:59 AM
      #18
    Foal
    I always use bands, I tried to use yarn once and failed miserably so I'm sticking with bands for now.
         
        08-21-2011, 10:38 AM
      #19
    Trained
    I always do hunter braids with yarn. I generally do between 25-30 braids. I hate when people will do 5-6 HUGE braids, I think it looks really bad.
         
        08-21-2011, 12:03 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
    I'm the opposite gypsy girl. I hate seeing more then 13 plaits.
    Too many makes the neck look too long and thin. I think it looks absolutly awful.

    You can vastly improove how a horse looks with plaiting. If its got a short neck you do more plaits, if it has a long neck you do less fat plaits. If it has no top line you do few plaits pushed up into a hood. If it is very cresty or thick set you do small plaits right down on the neck.
    You can mix and match, if it is thich through the jowls then small plaits up the top of its neck, getting bigger towards the middle of the neck to give th illusion of a good curve and then smaller again towards the base.
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