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post #1 of 44 Old 05-24-2011, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
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Is french braid a must for show?

I came across the video with braiding horse for english show. The person was doing french braiding of the forelock. So is french braiding is a must/something common? I tried it yesterday on my horse out of curiosity and it did look horrid. May be someone can refer to the good video to watch?

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If you braid the mane you need to braid the forelock. I am guessing no one is going to examine it to see how you got there (french braid, vs braid straight down) as long as it looks neat and tidy.
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If you braid the mane you need to braid the forelock. I am guessing no one is going to examine it to see how you got there (french braid, vs braid straight down) as long as it looks neat and tidy.
Thanks, AB. Yes, I know you have to braid everything. Just couldn't find anywhere people doing it straight.

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I french braid, but that's because of how the hair "is" on the forelock. I find french braiding makes it look much tidier and tighter.

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If you braid the mane you need to braid the forelock. I am guessing no one is going to examine it to see how you got there (french braid, vs braid straight down) as long as it looks neat and tidy.
In dressage is is tradition to leave a stallion's forelock unbraided. However, it is not a rule.

When I braid forelocks, I always do a frech braid, but only because I like how nice it looks. Pretty much as long as the braid itself is neat, it doesn't matter what kind of braid you decide on doing.

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Did not know that, Island. Thanks for posting it.


If your horse has a sparse forelock you can easily just braid down like a normal braid.
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In dressage is is tradition to leave a stallion's forelock unbraided. However, it is not a rule.
Interesting to know. Although not gonna work for me as I have mares...

I did try french braid yesterday on my qh while pulling her mane, but I bet I did something wrong - it looked very messy. Her forelock looks like growing all from one spot.

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I try to french braid but I'm really not good at it lol whether it's my hair or one of the horse's hair. I wanna be able to do those really nice and tight show-ready braids :) Theres a good article on how to do it in this months Horse Illustrated but i'd have to buy the tools and neutral colored yarn since all the yarn I have is blue and purple and pink which wouldn't look so good in a show environment..

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I just do a regular braid and button up *shrugs*

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I like this video I dream of having a horse like this lol


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