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    11-12-2009, 11:57 AM
Idk is you with get sh*t for that, but I personally think it looks better if the forelock is braided too !
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    11-12-2009, 12:15 PM
Originally Posted by jemulchia    
Do you HAVE to braid the forelock? I always thought that it looked kinda cute when just the mane was braided and the forelock was left out .. but will you get in sh*t for that?
Forelocks are only left unbraided on stallions.
    11-12-2009, 02:49 PM
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.

Good luck!
    11-12-2009, 03:36 PM
Aw shucks I love the look of a non braided forelock
    11-12-2009, 06:20 PM
I took some pictures of the braids I did on Bear today, so I will post them in a bit.
    11-12-2009, 06:31 PM
Green Broke
Mine are called button braids but are really more like the hunter braids that are really close together. As an eventer, I don't put nearly as many in but I put quite a few. Pics of my braids are on the pages of Nancy Drew and Javah in my virtual barn. Go take a look and tell me if those are correct please!

I know Javah's (uma) are on the wrong side. And I don't care. Haha. Her mane luckily stays to one side so I don't argue about which side it stays on.
    11-12-2009, 07:59 PM
On the right! My horse gets anywhere from 25-35 (I count every time, lol). They are hunter type braids, ver interesting to see dressahe/jumper braids, I've never seen them before

Jemulchia-I love the look too. Sometimes if schooling gets in the way of braided, the forelock is left untill later. I always think it looks gorgeous :-D
    11-12-2009, 11:51 PM
These aren't my finished braids. This is showing what I do before I put in my buns. I am the same as drew, I just do button braids, and ya know what? I think they look just fine. (: They are fast, easy, and tend to look pretty nice. Mine did have some loose hairs, only because I did them in 5-10 minutes. But here you are:

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Please be nice to my crappy braids ;P
    11-13-2009, 12:07 AM
EWB - You have the basic idea, now just instead of folding the braids up - try "rolling" them.
(not my picture)

Then instead of being so long and flapping, they are close to the crest and don't move nearly as much.

ETA: When I braid for the Dover clinic I'll take pictures of my braids.
    11-13-2009, 01:36 AM
So I roll them up and not fold them twice (that is how I do it now)? Would I make them more oval shaped? It seems like them would be hard to tie (as I use bands) or would I but the band half way through the bun?

Would you mind if I sent you a PM tomorrow? I am going to go try a bunch of different ways to do the buns and would like your opinion on which one you like most and you think I should keep on doing. (:

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