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  • How to do cobra horse mane braids
  • How to do hooded plaits

 
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    02-25-2011, 05:09 PM
  #1
Weanling
Braiding the Mane

I always wondered if it would be a good idea to braid my mare's mane to keep it neat and protect it. However, I'm afraid that if it is in braids and she decides to scratch it, that instead of breaking a few hairs, it will take the whole braid out. Has anyone had any experience/problems with keeping a mane braided? She is an arab and I love her long mane. I did know someone once who told me about a horse at her barn that had a braided forelock and rubbed out the entire braid in one big chunk . Is this common, or more of a freak incident?
     
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    02-25-2011, 05:29 PM
  #2
Showing
Braid loosely, not tight, and look into mane bags :)
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    02-25-2011, 05:55 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Dont braid it tight.
I once plaited a horse for a show. I always plait the morning of the show and in this case I washed the horse immediatly before plaiting it!
Well I plaited and rolled his mane up then popped him into a stable whilst I went and changed. I was in the house litteraly 5 mins and in that time he scratched his forelock plait off and it was sitting on the floor outside his stable!
     
    02-25-2011, 06:06 PM
  #4
Yearling
My horse doesn't rub. If your doing braida for a show, they have to be tight regardless of if the horse likes it or not. However, if your just braiding it in long braids, braid semi loosely at the top, but tight towards the bottom.
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    02-25-2011, 06:11 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by justjump    
My horse doesn't rub. If your doing braida for a show, they have to be tight regardless of if the horse likes it or not.
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Not if you wantto do hooded plaits (AKA cobra plaits) they should be quite loose at the top then.

Also plaits should never be so tight as to be uncomfortable for the horse as it creates tension.
     
    02-25-2011, 10:01 PM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by faye    
Not if you wantto do hooded plaits (AKA cobra plaits) they should be quite loose at the top then.

Also plaits should never be so tight as to be uncomfortable for the horse as it creates tension.
I was talking about hunter braids. I've never heard of cobra plaits before.
     
    02-27-2011, 04:36 AM
  #7
Foal
I usually do braids (loose at the top) and then wrap the ends with electrical tape instead of rubber past his shoulders)
     
    03-02-2011, 08:45 AM
  #8
Weanling
^electrical tape? Doesn't that pull out hairs when you take it out?
Thanks guys, I'm thinking that I may braid it at least in the summer to get it off her neck a bit. I'm thinking that more, smaller (but relatively loose) braids would be better than fewer, larger ones. I am just thinking that if it were me, I wouldn't want to feel like I have weights hanging off my neck. I guess I'll just have to watch her carefully at first.
     
    03-02-2011, 01:29 PM
  #9
Foal
Nope. It slides right out when you take it out! :)
     

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