improving mane braids

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Grooming

improving mane braids

This is a discussion on improving mane braids within the Horse Grooming forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    08-04-2011, 06:20 AM
Cool improving mane braids

Hello! I was just wondering if any of you guys have any good tips on braiding manes. I know how to braid and am getting better, just wondering how to make them look nicer.
Sponsored Links
    08-04-2011, 07:13 AM
Green Broke
Hey, this was just me a few months ago - until I had some awesome help from the forum & a friend. Having a neatly pulled mane is so much better than using scissors on it - previous mistake I made. Ek!

Never leave your mane dirty - some people say it makes it easier to braid, however it looks messy & you will loose points in presentation classes. Although shampooing your horses mane a few days before you braid it is much easier than braiding it the same day - its less "slippery". Also - braiding the mane/plaiting always seems to have these little "fray like" bits after your done.. however - this can be solved! Eggwhites, using them to "glue" the hair/mane down is amazing.
    08-04-2011, 07:56 AM
Super Moderator
I use a product called quickbraid. It makes the clean hair tacky so that you can get a good grip on it.

Braid TIGHTLY!! Pull tight evey time you cross a piece of hair over. And, braid flat on the neck. That way the braid will lay down onto the neck.
    08-05-2011, 06:31 PM
I agree with above posters. Pulling TIGHT and trying to keep them flat will help greatly. Other than that just practice practice practice. I haven't braided in quite a long time but when I did I would always take lots of pictures of my job and compare them. It was good motivation to keep trying to improve!
    08-06-2011, 06:23 PM
Braid tight, sew plaits if you can, I use a product called proplaits...

I prefer to plait on the morning as they turn out neat....

Also I like a dirty mane as its easier to grip (If I don't have any proplaits) and then I wipe between the plaits with a warm sponge...

I like the look of clean seperate plaits so go for distinct lines (Ie strong partings between the plaits) but make sure the skin in between is clean :)

    08-08-2011, 03:14 AM
Thanks guys!

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Braids RacePony007 Horse Grooming 21 02-10-2013 11:16 AM
Need help!-Braids! countrygirl91 Horse Showmanship 6 05-16-2011 07:42 PM
Already improving? NordicJuniper Horse Riding Critique 6 07-07-2010 07:18 AM
What to do with his mane and braids eventerwannabe Horse Grooming 4 04-17-2010 09:36 PM
Braids Anyone? trIplEcrOwngIrl Horse Grooming 10 03-30-2010 09:45 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:39 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0