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    01-25-2011, 01:38 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Lol! I'm up for a trip to south Africa! Could do with some sun!!! Yes I did the plaiting!

I've been plaiting horses since I was 8 years old. My mum taught me how. I've never used bands, I don't get on with them at all!
The grey in the photo had to practically be pinned against the wall to plait him as he was not having it and we had to twitch him to get his forelock done! The forelock was nowhere near as good as it should have been but I wasnt getting myself killed to do it properly! The mane was dangerous enough!

At the last show Reeco went to Mum drove the lorry whilst I plaited reeco in 20 mins in the back of the lorry, we were running late as per usual!
This was the result!

Not bad concidering we were in a moving vehicle going through twisty turny country lanes!
     
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    01-26-2011, 04:46 AM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by LoveStory10    
RedTree; Wow, Buzz has the most gorgeous mane! It'll be a shame to pull it. You're attempt was a LOT better than mine; your first 3 are fantastic! You see the problem is that I cannot braid; I have a muscle deformity in a sense; it weakens my fingers and they shake terribly if I have to braid, so we are going to cheat and braid using two strands of hair instead of three. Did you first separate his mane into pieces before you started or not? And no prob on the hijacking thing lol.
Yer I did seperate not very well lol, didn't really know how big they were ment to be. Might try again tomorrow.
And his mane is lovely, so thick gets in the way sometimes, maybe I could just cut it shorter.... I just have the fear I will stuff it up completly then no mane or something lol.

I also practiced plaiting his tail lol, it actually looked pretty decent, not a clue how I did it lol, I had 2 strands then all a sudden I had 3 lol.

That's a bummer with your hands, couldn't you just get someone else to do them then?

And Faye I am Jealous that is awesome, I actually think thread would be easier
     
    01-26-2011, 06:49 AM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by faye    
lol! I'm up for a trip to south Africa! Could do with some sun!!! Yes I did the plaiting!

I've been plaiting horses since I was 8 years old. My mum taught me how. I've never used bands, I don't get on with them at all!
The grey in the photo had to practically be pinned against the wall to plait him as he was not having it and we had to twitch him to get his forelock done! The forelock was nowhere near as good as it should have been but I wasnt getting myself killed to do it properly! The mane was dangerous enough!

At the last show Reeco went to Mum drove the lorry whilst I plaited reeco in 20 mins in the back of the lorry, we were running late as per usual!
This was the result!

Not bad concidering we were in a moving vehicle going through twisty turny country lanes!
You did THAT in 20 minutes??? That's it, I am SO buying you a ticket, you can come live with me till the end of the season lol.

RedTree yeah it does suck about my hands, but its fine, we are "braiding" with only two pieces of mane, that's not too hard. Im getting help from my instructor, so it should look ok lol. Good luck with Buzz's mane :)
     
    01-26-2011, 04:22 PM
  #14
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by LoveStory10    
You did THAT in 20 minutes??? That's it, I am SO buying you a ticket, you can come live with me till the end of the season lol.
Yep 20 mins in a moving lorry! The moving lorry part was the most difficult part, going round corners trying not to stab me or him with a needle is not fun. 20 mins is about normal for me plaiting a horse who has a well pulled mane and is good to plait.
The Grey took about 40 mins as we had to do it in stages and fight him every inch of the way!
     
    01-26-2011, 08:51 PM
  #15
Foal
I paid $25 for someone to braid mine for a show :) So, if you practice enough, and get good enough, you could actually make some money at it.
I trim his mane to about 4 inches, wash it, and keep it wet while I braid. I also use Quick Braid, which is like a hair spray. I've heard it's important to pull down as you braid, as this will help keep it from sticking up. Also, stand on a bucket so that you're eye level. I have a little comb that I've broken off to measure 2 inches, and use that as a guide for each braid. I braid all the way down the mane, and then go back to do the buttons. I fold the braid underneath itself,
(take the bottom of the braid all the way to the mane), fold it again, and attach the band. I'm still practicing with the thread, as I feel it does produce a better braid. I also noticed he's more sensitive near his withers, but eventually I get it done. He doesn't have much of a forelock, and it causes me the most trouble, but once I'm at the show and I see everyone else's braiding jobs, I don't feel so bad.
     
    01-26-2011, 08:58 PM
  #16
Green Broke
I prefer to stand on a BIG box and stand above the horse rather then level. I also plait upwards (hence It is easier if I am above him) to keep the base tight, also if you plait upwards you can form Cobra plaits which create the illusion of having more topline!

I also find that rolling rather then folding gives a better shape, is easier to sew in and stays in place better!

For a weedy forelock. French Braid what forelock you have. Take a small amount from a donor horse or from the centre of his tail and plait that, Tuck the top end unthe french braid and sew into place. Then take the end of the forelock plait and thread it through the plait taken from the tail (this is quite fiddly) then sew in place. Fold/roll as per normal and you would never be able to tell that the forelock is fake!
     
    01-28-2011, 01:53 PM
  #17
Green Broke
I did it again everyone, this time with the help of my instructor, and it went great! We got it done in about 40 minutes!

Love before the torture, not suspecting a thing lol :
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They still arnt perfect, but we're getting there!:
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We put white tape on to see what it would look like:
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And this is what a mane looks like if the naughty pony doesn't want to stand still long enough to have it combed :
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What do you think?
     
    01-28-2011, 03:01 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Much better then your first try!

However I would suggest rolling them anouther half turn to realy get them tight against the neck, then sew them in going from bottom to top through the plait rather then tound the edges.

For his forelock, You need to plait so that you pull it down his face, that way your ball wont end up sticking straight upright, also rather then roll it upwards I would just fold it once, possibly twice if it is too long folded once and then sew it in place.

ETA I find it easier to plait a wet mane, most people I know find it easier to plait a wet mane, so try that!
     
    01-28-2011, 08:36 PM
  #19
Green Broke
Wow that is much better :)
I have to practice some more as well, I really want to get some thread and needles though
     
    01-28-2011, 09:16 PM
  #20
Foal
I know when I braid I find it easier to have it wet and then stand on something so I'm above my horse. When I braid I pull tightly upward to I can get the braid as close to the neck as possible. This is the way I found it the easiest hopefully it helps. Keep trying and good luck :)
     

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