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post #1 of 23 Old 09-11-2013, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Keeping mane in perfect condition for show overnight?

I need help in finding a way to keep my mare's mane in this crazy crochet overnight. Would a sleezy work? We have to leave at 6:00am for the show and this takes approx 2 hrs to do. Is there something homemade I could use overnight? Any and all suggestions would be welcome.
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I don't have any suggestions for you, I just wanted to say that is beautiful! Whoever did that did a wonderful job!
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post #3 of 23 Old 09-11-2013, 01:02 PM
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Lovely!

I wonder if a sleazy may be too snug and tangle things up? I've personally only used one over a short banded mane. Maybe a light/sheet weight hood? Either way, be prepared with some hairspray or gel to fix anything that's out of place.
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Personally I would have done it in the morning, lattice braids are pretty simple and not very time consuming. Leaving it in over night you still run the risk of her rubbing it or a band snapping even if you can cover it.
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Personally I would have done it in the morning, lattice braids are pretty simple and not very time consuming. Leaving it in over night you still run the risk of her rubbing it or a band snapping even if you can cover it.

Simple yes, but this took almost 2 hrs. I must be a slow poke. I have thought about doing them in the morning but I would have to get out to the barn at 3:30am.
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Simple yes, but this took almost 2 hrs. I must be a slow poke. I have thought about doing them in the morning but I would have to get out to the barn at 3:30am.
And?

I'm 3 hours away from pretty much any big show, and I always end up in the early classes. Camping overnight the night before is usually not an option. I usually have to re-wash the day of, because my horses both have a ton of white, and often braid the morning of. Tail doesn't get braided until we get to the show, otherwise the scrambler will rub his out in the trailer. So we have to be there at least half an hour early because I'm a REALLY slow braider [tails should take 10 minutes tops]. My scrambler has to be towed VERY slowly around corners and curves and can't handle quick acceleration/braking. And then my horses are ok loaders until you want to actually GO somewhere. THEN they're difficult and take forever, so it's smarter for me to give myself time to get them on if they want to be difficult about it.

For most shows I'm up at 2am. Outside, in the cold [often wet, nasty weather - our show season in Aus is over winter]. Mind you, it doesn't snow in my part of the country, so it's not that bad.

Just depends on what you're willing to do for your sport I guess.
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If I was showing, I would shorten her mane and leave it at that. But my 13 yr old student is the one showing her and really loves her mane this way. I am still considering out getting out to the barn early. It is a small schooling show so she does not have to have any type of braids. We will see how it goes.

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I'd try a sleazy, just being very careful not to rub/snag the mane as you're putting it on.
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I would be at the barn at 4am to give the varnish roan appy/draft cross I was riding her 3rd bath in 12hrs. Then I would braid her. I'd allot myself 2 hours for that, though it only took 1 1/2. Then its shipping boots and go.

If I ever you I'd practice that until you have it down to 30-45 min. I hated practicing but I wanted to do it!
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an old stretchy tshirt tied over her neck may help....
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