01-24-2013, 06:23 PM
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HI and welcome to the horse forum!! It's really nice to meet you!
Generally, most english horses are braided...I always had someone braid my horse for me prior to shows, so I am not going to be much help here. LOL!
In western classes most of them are banded. My daughter and I worked together on this and it's really fairly simple.
First, in both English and Western, you will want to pull the mane until all the hair is even. Personally, on my western horses, I like a longer mane, and for English I like it a bit shorter as it makes tidier braids.
For banding, I started with a pencil sized section of mane (the size is personal preference), starting up by the horse's ears and wrapped the band around it like I was making a pony tail. You will want ALL sections to be the same size, and you will want all your bands to be even with one another. Also make sure you get the mane to lay flat. It's really not hard...but might take some practice. OH, and make sure to coordinate the color of the bands as closely to the color of your horse's mane as you can.