How to French Braid a Horse's Mane :)

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    05-26-2010, 05:26 PM
How to French Braid a Horse's Mane :)

In this post, I'm going to tell you how to french braid a horse's mane.

What You Will Need:
A horse
The horse's mane (at least 5 or 6 inches long, the longer the better)
A mane comb
A spray bottle filled with water
Rubber bands/braiding bands
Ribbon (optional)

1. Tie up horse
2. Give a haynet (optional)
3. Spray mane with water
4. Comb out
5. Take a small section of hair at the top of the mane (by the poll)
6. Separate into three strands
7. Begin braiding (braid over 2 or 3 times, just so that it stays in. BE SURE to leave a lot of hair at the bottom.)
8. Take a small strand of hair from the next part of the mane and add it to the strand closest to it
9. Braid new strand into the braid
10. Repeat steps 9 and 10 until you are at the end of the mane
11. Tie the end with a band, then add ribbon if desired.

I might repost this with pictures if I can get some... good luck!
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    05-26-2010, 05:33 PM
Would love to see how it looks when done!
    05-26-2010, 05:42 PM
Yeah, when I go out to the barn I'll try it on my boy, but his mane is a little short I think... lol. Anyways, I'll try to get pics.
    05-28-2010, 12:26 AM
I've seen this done two ways. In the first, the braid stays tight to the neck. That's what this sounds like. In the second, the braid is at the end of the hair. It looks awesome.
    06-03-2010, 03:01 PM
Here is a picture of the french braid I use to do when I was showing my half arab.

    06-03-2010, 07:18 PM
Here's one I did for Caleb:

It was double sided:
    06-03-2010, 10:10 PM
I love doing this to my stallion, he looks so good in it! I do it sometimes so it goes down the horses neck like this kinda, but a more exaggerated decline:
    06-04-2010, 10:57 PM
I do these braids with my horses all of the time. They're so quick and easy, and they help keep their necks from getting hot and sweaty while riding in the summer. The braiding process is the same whether it runs right along the horse's crest or down lower with a little more length at the end, it's really just a matter of how much "slack" you allow.
    06-05-2010, 08:27 PM
I can do this but mine never stay in.
How do you get them to stay in?
    06-05-2010, 08:50 PM
Here's one that has the braid at the end of the mane.


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