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post #1 of 4 Old 12-20-2010, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Draft Manes

So I was thinking about learning how to do my haflinger's mane like the draft horses do because I think it would be a unique thing since NOBODY in my 4-H club has done it in the 6 years I've been there.
Anybody know how? I watched some Youtube stuff, but they were hard to understand and fully grasp.

Here's what I mean, anythign like this:


or I've always liked these, but didn't know if they'd be suitable for a Haffie or not..

I've read that they only do this to the geldings, so I don't know if it would be acceptable on my mare or not. It's only 4-H, but still..I don't want to look like an idiot.
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-21-2010, 07:03 PM
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I use to do it to the haffie's that I showed, and I am pretty sure that you can do it in 4-H for them as well because they are considered a draft breed. It is called a mane roll I think, but it is really difficult to get tight on your own and better with a helper to pull the ribbon tight. Plus something stretchy works best. Don't leave it in though, it can pull out the mane all in one go and is painfulto lower their neck to much, so you would have to undo and redo every class. Hopes this helps!

O, and it is easier to learn from someone teaching you maybe ask something that shows the big guys, but the book "Braiding manes and tail" by the Storey publishing company is the best out there. You can get mane picks online or make them of flowers and hair clips (easier than wire).
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Thanks for the help! Nobody around me really has drafts, and maybe 5-10 people in my school even have horses.
I might be able to find somebody.
This leaves the question, would it be okay on my mare?
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-22-2010, 08:23 AM
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Yeah, that makes it hard, learning from a book or online is hard becasue of the twisting and looping of the mane ribbon really is something you need to see. The drafts in teams and cart mare or gelding have it done. It is just another braid, like braiding for the hunter ring, right?

It should be fine for your mare, I wouldn't use it for riding just because they need to stretch but if she is in cart or showmanship it is fine. I use to teach some of the horse members in 4-h it just for fun. If you find that you can't do this one, look into the contiental? or diamond braid. Or the running braid. Haffie's are offend shown with them in and their good for everything except for jumping. Good luck.

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