Originally Posted by My Beau
Forelocks are only left unbraided on stallions.
On SOME stallions.
I always, always, always braid the forelock. Unless the horse has actually succeeded in breaking me, it will be all braided. Including the stallions.
I braid semi-professionally. I don't charge a ton, nor do I braid often or perfectly, but as far as how I do it, for dressage shows depending on how much time I have and what the person wants, I do between 8-15 rosettes per mane or I'll do the hunter type braids, usually 20-40.
For hunter shows I'll do 30-40 braids unless it's a pony or has no mane.
I've been braiding for 10 years so I don't need to practice a ton to stay OK but when you're just starting braiding you have to braid a lot and often.