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  • Dressage braids
  • Plaits for xc

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    08-21-2011, 12:45 PM
  #21
Foal
Takes me forever to braid! For shows I do about 36 on Fudge and takes me 2 hours with bands!
     
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    08-21-2011, 09:15 PM
  #22
Green Broke
Alright here they are in all their glory, my first shot at braiding! Sandie was very patient with me, and I had to laugh when I took them out this afternoon after the show and she had some serious perm-lookin mane LOL!















     
    08-21-2011, 11:30 PM
  #23
Yearling
Ooh! Your braids look amazing! Much better than mine, and I've braided several times! How long did it take you?
     
    08-22-2011, 07:33 AM
  #24
Green Broke
Prob about 45 mins but only because I forgot how my friend showed me after I braided in the yarn so I had to find the video I posted on here and watch it lol..thank god for smartphones! ;)
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    08-26-2011, 11:21 PM
  #25
Weanling
Wow!! Great work!!

Use to take me 1 hour to plait with bands! It took me 2 hours with tread!

I use bands only now! I have no idea how many plaits I do, I don't count, if tey look even I couldn't give 2 hoots how many there are. Would never do 32!! It takes me about 30mins to do the small amount I do probably about 10 - 15 at the most. Takes me longer to do the forelock, my horses use their height to their advantage and wait for me to be almost done then swipe me off the block!
I plait down, "3 fold" and tuck under the start of the plait, band and use half a can of hair spray and flatten down the flyaways LOL
Don't bother with the tail unless a friend does it for me. Plaits come out after dressage unless I have show jumping before cross country.

Here in western australia, a few years ago in the pony club run events, the open riders (non pony club) didn't HAVE to plait, last year or year before last they brought in that ALL riders have to plait for dressage. No ones really plaits for showjumping only events. Not unless it was a big high level one
     
    08-27-2011, 12:06 AM
  #26
Trained
Great braids, and a very good looking turnout all around

     
    08-29-2011, 09:46 PM
  #27
Trained
If you don't want the perm look you should wet down the mane before you take the braids out !
     
    08-30-2011, 05:30 AM
  #28
Green Broke
Thanks Haley, GH, and CP! :-D

Gypsy yeah I ended up taking them out and then hosing her off anyway so once they were wet I just combed them straight again

Hey so my first Horse Trial is this weekend - it's a 2-day with dressage and xc the first and stadium the second. I'll be doing button braids for the first day, but I don't want to leave them in overnight as this past time Sandie was starting to rub them towards the end of the day and I don't feel like coming in on the morning of Day 2 to find missing braids!! Do people usually re-braid for stadium at the Horse Trials does anyone know?
     
    09-03-2011, 06:47 PM
  #29
Trained
Around here people mostly just keep the braids in for dressage, take them out before xc, and don't rebraid for stadium.
     
    09-03-2011, 07:04 PM
  #30
Super Moderator
In my early days I sewed in my braids....not any more. Rubber bands, with practice, makes just as presentable braids. And, so much easier to take out. Too many times I see seam rippers take out a chunk of mane. I (OK, my working student, most times) usually braids many times during an event. I braid for the first vet check, rebraid for dressage, take out for XC, rebraid for showjumping. Bands is the only way to go for such a busy three days.

I like hunter braids for the jumper shows, but prefer button braids for eventing.
     

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