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post #1 of 22 Old 06-23-2012, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Braiding challenge

I don't know if this has been done yet so bare with me.

Every time leaving for a horse show you always end up spending a tidy sum to get a horse braided. Unfortunately for the most of us we just can't accomplish the show ring worthy braid. The only way to get that good is with practice, practice and more practice.
So the idea is to do a braid of your choice every time you go to the barn, or out for a ride. It will should only add an extra two minutes to your grooming time. The hope is to start seeing nice results. If you want we can do it as a group and show your progress on occasion and see how far everyone can come, and hopefully get really good.
There is no need to go out and purchase and expensive braiding kit, all you need is some wool and a rug hook (check your local Walmart or craft store for cheap) for hunter braids and reuse rubber bands for dressage braids.
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post #2 of 22 Old 06-23-2012, 06:36 PM
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Subbing! I would love to see some nice braids... I don't have a horse, but here's a pic of Bean's mane when I did a running braid. That was only half of her neck though, so I had to stop.
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post #3 of 22 Old 06-23-2012, 06:55 PM
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Well I'm not so sure about two minutes, I do a running braid on Sour every time that I drive her or work her because her mane is so long and hot, and it still takes me a good ten minutes xD I can never get it tight though >.> probably because its so thick.

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The running braid is a good quick braid as shown in the above pictures. However the braids you are describing with the wool and a rug hook, take much longer, and are only done for shows. I can do the running braid in minutes, the hunter braids take me an hour on a good day. I don't know what benefit you would get, other than the practise, by doing them on a regular basis if you are not going to a show in the morning, the horse will just rub them out or make them look raggedy.
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post #5 of 22 Old 06-24-2012, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry the page kept reloading that I had rewrite it three times so I forgot the to put it for one braid a day. Did one in the pasture took less then two minutes.

And great running braids guys!
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post #6 of 22 Old 06-24-2012, 01:19 AM
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I recently learned how to do a running braid:

Although... I adore these in a long mane:

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post #7 of 22 Old 06-25-2012, 01:47 PM
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i braid his mane everyday b4 i ride :)

from my view haha
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post #8 of 22 Old 06-25-2012, 02:29 PM
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I always put my horse mane in a running braid. but it comes out easy because his mane is so long and thick. I have yet to figure out how to do one like this.

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post #9 of 22 Old 06-25-2012, 02:45 PM
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Here are some pics of the first time I ever tried this braid. I think it's called a lattice braid? I just combed it and then did it by hand without using a pick or anything like that. I'm going to try to do it after a deep conditioning and with a more measured approach next time to improve it.

Be kind. I did this without any instruction lol.

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post #10 of 22 Old 06-25-2012, 02:47 PM
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My hunter braids (not the best pictures, sorry!). This is my second time doing a full neck of hunter braids.
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