Bands! How do you get them to lie flat???

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    04-24-2009, 12:55 AM
Angry Bands! How do you get them to lie flat???

So I can't ever get my bands to lie down nice and flat. I tried the splitting it in half and spreading the bottom part. I always end up doing the topsy tail thing and them it gets all frizzy on top. I heard starting a braid then putting the band on. Havn't tried it. So what can I can do. Very Frustrated!
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    04-24-2009, 01:22 AM
I am going to assume you are trying to do a western band?
    04-24-2009, 02:07 AM
I pull the the hair from underneath (closest to the horses skin/neck) apart (like you would to tighten a pony tail), spray the crap out of it with hair spray, and put on a slinky until I ride.
    04-24-2009, 09:58 AM
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Lots and lots and lots of quick braid. Then when you put your band on, you want it to be kind of low. Also do it the night before and then put a sleezy on, that will push them down... (Mine ends up w/ one part that ALWAYS stands up....)
    04-24-2009, 10:17 AM
Yes, pull the hair apart that is closest to the neck, as said above, and I agree with the slinky. Very important. :)
    04-24-2009, 11:59 AM
Others :: Mane banding slideshow by saravan - Photobucket

All the bands have to be of equal size, and they can't be too big. The bigger they are, the more they stick up. When you start your band, make sure you are holding the mane section down against the horse's neck, and keep in against the neck even as you wrap the band around the mane hair. The band should end up at the base of the mane on the side of the neck that the mane lays. If the band is too much in the middle of the mane (top of the neck), the hair will stick up. Keep the band about a quarter inch from the base of the neck while you are wrapping it around the mane section. Then tighten it up by separating the hairs - but again make sure that you hold the section against the horse's neck as you do this.
    04-24-2009, 01:01 PM
Yea I'm going for a western band. I tried doing that on my filly but it didn't work. I think her mane is still too thick. I've been working on pulling and taming it. My gelding I can make look pretty good. Thanks for all the advice and pics gottaride. I have a show tomorrow so I'll let you know how it goes.
    04-24-2009, 04:01 PM
If the mane is really thick, you have to be especially careful to make the bands small.
    04-25-2009, 03:16 PM
If you are really desparate, you can shave a bit of the underneath of the mane. They will lay easier and be thinner...but only if you are will have to keep shaving all season or you'll have mane sticking straight up.

My mare has really thick mane and hates thinning so I usually leave her mane in medium sized braids. Helps her mane lay over and the braiding helps thin the hair a little. Otherwise I thin little bits at a time randomly across her mane for as long as she will tolerate.

Like mentioned above, make sure you hold the mane down while wrapping the band and a sleezy will do wonders. Good luck at your show!
    04-26-2009, 11:56 PM
Yea I think I do the bands right. Its the pulling that I have an issue with. I made beautiful bands on my gelding Saturday! You guys would be so proud! His is thinned pretty good. I did a combination of pulling, thining shears and that comb thing with a blade on it. I'm going to have to mess around with hers for a while. I'm trying to tame it but her hair is too short to braid. She also has this weird cow lick thing half way down her mane that stands straight up. That's going to be fun to fix! Lol

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