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post #11 of 19 Old 07-27-2009, 09:22 PM
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First, Congrats on placing in all your events! Well done.

Second, nice job on the braid. Can't believe you can't french braid!

Third, yes wetting will produce a tighter braid and also adding a little "product" while you braid. A good firm gel. Just don't over use.

And last, yes the more you practice the better you get. Looks like it's all good from here!
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post #12 of 19 Old 07-27-2009, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I need to start doing something to make his mane not so dry and brittle too, that will more than likely help with the fly aways.
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post #13 of 19 Old 07-27-2009, 11:23 PM
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That looks like quite a nice running braid to me, especially for your first time!

I know how you feel about pulling her mane, I have an arabian that I bought with a mane down to his shoulders. When I first bought him, I wouldn't pull it even though we were showing hunters. But I finally gave in, and while sometimes I miss it, I love how he looks with traditional button braids. Not to mention his mane was so thick we could barely get half of it in the running braid =P

But what a cute horse and congrats on your placings, and best of luck for future shows and braids!

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post #14 of 19 Old 07-28-2009, 01:16 PM
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that looks really good! I tried doing that with my mare, and here mane is SO thick it was really hard. and i didnt really know what I was doing, lol.

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post #15 of 19 Old 07-30-2009, 07:52 AM
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How did you do that? I have a show coming up in a week and that kind of braid would be perfect!

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post #16 of 19 Old 07-30-2009, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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I am a terrible person at explaining things, but the general idea is that you start a braid and each time you cross over to the left take a new piece of mane. It helps if you go through the mane with a braiding comb first so that it's kinda pre sectioned. Keep pulling it tight, and like some of the people said above, try wetting it down a little bit before.
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post #17 of 19 Old 07-30-2009, 05:57 PM
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Looks good, I would sew it though.
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post #18 of 19 Old 08-02-2009, 06:15 PM
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looks good for first time! youll get better each time you do it too. and i know what you mean about not being able to braid. its funny, i cant braid a persons hair for the life of me (atleast not well) i find it a lot easier to work on the horses for some reason. maybe its because peoples hair tends to be real soft and shiny and slides apart easy? i dont know, but the horses are definately easier.
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post #19 of 19 Old 08-02-2009, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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I can do normal braids pretty well, they are just time consuming, I much prefer banding when I can, but that requires a short mane too. I think if I do ever cut his mane I will just shave it all off.
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