To do the scallop braid, you braid down a whole bunch of braids like you would normally do for a hunter braid but you don't pull them up, instead you attach the first braid to the third braid, the second to the fourth, the third to the fifth, etc. It takes a while and I use needle and thread but it really looks nice, especially if you don't want your horses mane TOO short and still want a neat braiding look.
Icyred - I lovelovelove the scallop braid! I have attempted this several times with my mare, and while I like the results I achieved, I know mine isn't the greatest version of it I need to achieve a more unified length of the braids, I think? My mare has a LOT of mane. This picture is the rubber-band-rigged "run through" on her before I took her to a show... at the show I braided her up then sewed the scallops in. I trimmed the ends, and when I took the braids out it looked like a 2 year old had cut her hair... oops Had to straighten it out.
For show purposes, my understanding is that it is acceptable for dressage shows, but it isn't a common braid - I liked it's uniqueness.
I always like the running braid, too - but everytime I see one of those in "good condition", the next time the hose walks by it is falling out :-/
PS - Sorry the pic is so huge - I didn't realize it'd upload to "GIANT" - it just a cell-phone pic.
All of these are good. I love them. I think im going to do the diamond braid on Prince. The running braid on Brandy (The sorrel) and going to ATTEMPT the scallop braid on Bulldog, because he's the most patient lol