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    01-03-2011, 05:29 PM
Yeah... it takes quite a bit of practice. I actually prefer the look of the running braid coming down off their neck a little bit with the thicker maned horses... but high and tight has been best for me in terms of horses with thinner manes. Here's one I did recently. It's not perfect, but I'm getting there. It definitely leaves you with cramped hands getting them so high and tight on the thin manes.

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    01-03-2011, 06:34 PM
I can't wait until spring when I can wash my horses mane. He has the longest mane and is so... pretty. I want to try this. With him. But go all the way down.
Speaking of all this. What is a good shampoo conditioner for the mane and tail?
    01-03-2011, 06:44 PM
I heard that the company mane & Tail is super good. OUuh, that pretty thing there, (I am not sure if it's qualified as a braid but...) can you have that in a hunter or jumper class? Or is likely to interfere? It's beautiful!

Oh and what is the carrot game? How do you get carrots?
    01-03-2011, 06:53 PM
Yeah I don't know either its on the cover of a braiding book that I want though. I see it at the western shows a lot. Not very much in english. Just so happens the pic I found on google the rider was english.
    01-04-2011, 12:18 AM
Lol I have that braiding book its awesome and I did the diamond briad with my boys it turned out pretty cool
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    01-04-2011, 07:34 AM
I think it being OK to leave the mane long for showing depends on what you plan to show and at what level.

If you plan to show seriously then you need to follow the standards for whatever discipline you are showing.

For example, if you are going to do hunters, no matter how much you like that long mane and running braid, it is not the appropriate look.

Smaller shows and open shows might not care as much.
    01-04-2011, 12:00 PM
I love doing running braids on my mom's ponies when we're out at events and don't have any riders. It's a good way to pass the time, and people always think it looks cool! I learned how to do it from the kids at the vet school, so I can't do it as tight as required for showing, but I think I can compare it to French braiding a person's hair. Though I have to admit, the longer and thicker the mane, the harder it is to get it close to their neck, at least in my experience. I commend you for wanting a long mane!
    01-04-2011, 12:28 PM
Hahaha, well I love long mane so much I will go through the pain of it all, although I never braided a horse, I am quite the expert with braiding my hair. I do french braids (and also the similar version that sticks out) quite often, but my favorite is when I do it on the side of my head, so the braid is practically touching my ears.
    01-04-2011, 01:22 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
For example, if you are going to do hunters, no matter how much you like that long mane and running braid, it is not the appropriate look.
We've done USDA class A tests with a running braid. We've also done running braids on our class A hunters too...

We did it on arabs but it wasn't an arab show.
    01-04-2011, 01:26 PM
I do not know enough about dressage to comment on that part.

You can show rated hunters in black tack in blue breeches and a gold sparkly helmet too, but it is looked down on. It does not mean they will not let you in the ring. But when you are paying for the judges opinion it is not best to make yourself stand out in a non-traditional way. That is all I am saying.

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