Any tips for standing still during braiding??

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    04-22-2010, 10:21 AM
Red face Any tips for standing still during braiding??

Well, I've got the master fidgeter and this year we've got to do actual hunter braids, all 1000 of them (I'm exagerating, of course), rather than our easy 10 button braids! Does anyone have good suggestions for keeping a horse still/occupied while being braided?? Keenya loves to flip his head right when you get to the very bottom of the braid so it ends up ripped out of your fingers. When you have only 10 braids to do it isn't that big of a deal... but when there's *wants to die*
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    04-22-2010, 10:23 AM
There really is nothing you can give her to occupy her time that will make her head stand still. You just have to teach her that this is the time she needs to stand still.

Put her in her stall with her head in the corner and go to work.
Hopefully she will fall asleep.
    04-22-2010, 11:57 AM
Green Broke
Hay net keeps them nice and still
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    04-22-2010, 12:01 PM
Haha I wish! The hay net thing = horse ripping hay out of the net, shaking head and getting hay in his mane.... No, he can't just chomp away happily, he has to rip the stinkin hay out. Lol Tried having hay in a bucket and the same thing. He has too much personality for his own good... and I really mean his own good, because if it takes me 4 stinkin hours to braid we may never go to a show, and he loooooooves being in a crowd. Lol I wish he was braver and we could get past pre-entry eventing or doing any kind of jumper show. He has talent, but only natural rails and flowers for this guy. Show him a liverpool or a ditch and good god! :P
    04-22-2010, 12:02 PM
Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
Hay net keeps them nice and still
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You do not find a hay net causes them to toss their head around too much as they pull the pieces out?
    04-22-2010, 12:02 PM
I have no advice...

I just wanted to say that my Toy Rat Terriers registered name is your screen name
    04-22-2010, 12:07 PM
Green Broke
Nope, not at all. It keeps them ocupied, and prettystill. Putting them in a corner is really not an option....
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    04-22-2010, 12:18 PM
Well, all of mine eat out of a hay bag like the OP says her do.

Putting my busy boy with his head in the corner has worked wonderfully for the braider. She says it works for most of them.
    04-22-2010, 12:26 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
You do not find a hay net causes them to toss their head around too much as they pull the pieces out?
Haha! Yes - this is exactly what he does! And putting him in a corner is not an option either - he's "too important" for corners (in his opinion, not mine, LMAO).

Squeak - you're kidding! How funny! That's my guy's registered name also. :) He's an Oldenburg TB..... for the life of me I can't think of his sire's name but he was gorgeous! 17+ hands, chestnut, four socks and a blaze. The owner bred him to a lovely TB grey mare who'd thrown some gorgeous babies that all looked like their sires....hoping to get a chestnut, just like all the stud's other babies, but she ended up with a bay that turned grey and looks more like the mother than the father lol! Go figure!
    04-22-2010, 01:07 PM
Green Broke
Well, at shows you don't have corners. All stalls are open air to all sides or I braid at my trailer
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