Another good method to save some time and keep your braids looking nice is to braid the mane the night before and turn it up in the morning. I did that for years showing and it seemed to work well. The horses would maybe screw up one or two braids enough that they had to be redone,and they looked much nicer and straighter since they weren't tucked up all night. It only took 20-30 minutes to turn up the braids in the morning. These horses were always stalled overnight.
WOW i think im stupid. I never thought of just braiding them the night before and turning them up in the morning ahah thats a good idea. thanks regardinghorses!!! I think thats what im gonna end up doing lol
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hey , i too use skinny hoods... they are excellent... i have the ones they do up behind the horses front legs, with a piece of velcrow. I find these really useful. Never heard of the ones with a zip... anyways goodluck
No problem! My sisters and I were showing together, and with my mom overseeing three girls and three horses at every show, it took some creative planning skills to get everyone ready in time. I used to have to braid my sisters hair too...they hated it because I always plastered them with hairspray.
Do you braid with bands or yarn? It's a little messier leaving yarn braids down overnight, but other than the sawdust and hay, it's not too bad.
Whoa props to your mom for taking care of all you guys. my mom can brarely take care of me haha. but umm i think im gonna do yarn becuase im not really good at the rubber band ones but im gonna try them both a week or 2 before the show so that i can try them and see which one i like better! thanks for the replys
Thanks guys for the replys. im probly gonna braid with yarn and not pull them up then put a sleezy on because he is on all the time turnout now with the choice of a run in stall/shed thing hah. so i think thats what im gonna do. but the poopy thing is if i bathe him the night before he has a tendancy to roll and i wouldnt be able to bathe him with the braids probly. hmm idk im stummped haha.
No reason you couldn't bathe with braids in, just avoid the neck. It won't be dirty if he has a hood on!
Another trick i read about for getting horse's clean (for in the winter when you can't bathe b/c it's cold) is to dampen a sponge with Absorbine. I've never tried it, but Practical Horseman says it works well!