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    04-14-2011, 12:05 AM
You're welcome! It's really easy once you get the hang of it. I'd recommend standing on a mounting block or have your horse lower its head or something, or else your arms are going to get quite sore.
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    04-14-2011, 12:53 AM
She is only 2 and not very patient! I just finished reading the 20 page thread on the "training" board about teaching a horse to tie. I need to start doing that. Right now I just groom her in her paddock and I never realized I was missing out on an opportunity to teach her to stand patiently when tied. When I did the muliple braids she is wearing now, I could do a few and let her wander away.
With this running braid, once I start, I wont want to stop!

Thanks again!
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    04-14-2011, 08:45 AM
Originally Posted by Poseidon    
It's also really helpful to do while lungeing if you horse is really susceptible to "witch's knots" in their mane. Mine recently started developing this problem when it's windy outside and turns out, it'll do it if I have her loping on a lungeline.
Is a witched knot when they get all twisty and turny, dread-like and then twist around other pieces of hair? That happens to my filly. She can't be out of braids for more then 10 mins without getting a knot!
    04-14-2011, 10:58 AM
Originally Posted by dirtymartini    
wow, that is absolutely gorgeous!!! Why can't I do that????
haha that was actually only my 3rd time ever braiding a mane, her mane is just so thick that it makes me look good because it is easier to braid.

When I brush that sucker out,i have to do it in 2 layers, she's only 3 right now and has another layer of baby hairs coming in, while her mane goes to her shoulders, so I am going to have my work cut out for me.

The one thing that I do with her mane if I don't want to braid it and it works really well is Mane and Tail detangler, I spray it on her mane and comb it through and after a couple weeks I can still run my fingers through her mane without brushing it. She will get the occasional witches knot, but it came out easily. So as far as tangles go that spray works really well, but for heat nothing beats a braid!
    04-14-2011, 03:41 PM
Looks like a good braid. Going to attempt it on my horse.THanks!
    04-14-2011, 03:46 PM
Originally Posted by CecilliaB    
Is a witched knot when they get all twisty and turny, dread-like and then twist around other pieces of hair? That happens to my filly. She can't be out of braids for more then 10 mins without getting a knot!
Ugh. Yes. I've heard cooking oil helps, but I've never tried it. Mine recently started getting them when it's really windy and apparently when we're lunging at a lope. Grr. The first one I found in her mane was 3 separate dreads that braided themselves together. It took up the middle third of her mane and was a nightmare to get out. They haven't been that bad since though.
    04-15-2011, 03:27 PM
Sorry everyone. I have to This is the 1st time I attempted this braid. It turned out pretty good!
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    04-16-2011, 05:51 PM
Yearling did a great job. I am scared to try this but I REALLY want to. I am a sucky braider lol. Takes me forever. Going to give it a go next week since she's due for a rebraid.
    04-16-2011, 06:58 PM
Jwells, I am so jealous! I tried it and it was a mess! In my defense, she is just learning,to stand tied and she keeps knocking her head around, it is very frustrating. Yours looks gorgeous! I need to watch that vid again.....
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    04-18-2011, 12:09 AM
Lol thanks! I found it pretty simple..

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