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post #1 of 18 Old 01-13-2010, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Question Plaiting!

How do you plait your horses mane and tail?
I think when it comes to showing my boy I will put golf balls in his mane and just leave his tail (brushed but not plaited) and another thing is her kicks so how would I tie a red ribbon on him without it looking lame?

I love plaiting manes, What do you call the plaits? At pony club (long time ago :P) we called them Golf Balls for boys and Rose Buds for mares lol (only for fun) and that kinda stuck!

Also there was a Haflinger (maybe a cross) and we did his mane like this because it was long!

^haflinger in photo^

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post #2 of 18 Old 01-13-2010, 06:09 PM
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For shows I usually put my horse's mane in buds and French braid his tail like this:



For the ribbon, you could plait his tail and work the ribbon into the plait somehow, then leave the two ends loose at the bottom. I don't know how to explain it...

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When I showed my half arab I french braided his mane, forelock, and tail. It loos really nice when it is done. I have also did the diamond pattern in my hafl arabs mane once fun and it is really a cool one to do if done right. My paint I show western pleasure and halter so I band his mane.
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post #4 of 18 Old 01-13-2010, 06:30 PM
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Looking lame should be the least of your worries with a kicker. Put it in however it is most visible to other riders or you could get in trouble for not clearly showing that he is a kicker...

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post #5 of 18 Old 01-14-2010, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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For shows I usually put my horse's mane in buds and French braid his tail like this:



For the ribbon, you could plait his tail and work the ribbon into the plait somehow, then leave the two ends loose at the bottom. I don't know how to explain it...
yeah I know what you mean! Im not sure about plaiting hid tail at all , he is really fussy with his back side!

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post #6 of 18 Old 01-19-2010, 11:04 PM
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I'm letting my arab's mane grow as long as it can unless it gets all manky and uneven, then it will be pulled even to the shortest bit.
Since it's easily a foot long and thus too long to rosette, I do a running braid unless I'm bored and have the time then I'll do a net like you did on the Haflinger and then braid his forelock normally and french braid his tail.
My Appy X QH mare I'm showing soon will have a braided forelock, shaved tail and we're still deciding if we want to hog the mane or attempt to braid it. It never looks that nice rosetted.
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post #7 of 18 Old 01-20-2010, 12:31 AM
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Ugh, I hate plaiting!

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Do the button braids or golf balls (whatever you call them in the UK) for his mane and french braid his forelock. If you can't braid his tail due to the fact he's a kicker, just make sure its clean and brushed out. Make sure you get the ribbon in it too. If you feel concerned out standing behind him make him back up to a stall door or a hay bale, get someone to hold him and stand on the other side of the object and tie it in. Even if he does kick back, it won't hurt you he'll just kick the object. I know that doesn't sound nice at all but its a lot better than you getting kicked.
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post #9 of 18 Old 01-20-2010, 03:09 AM
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I usually do rosettes and a french braid in the forelock and tail- as shown above..

But I have a quarab and his mane is a bit too thick for me to bother pulling coz he has a wide crest so I do a short scallop on him :)



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post #10 of 18 Old 01-20-2010, 06:19 AM
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WOW xsj how did you do that?


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