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    01-09-2009, 03:22 AM
Plaits or not?

I'm going to a competition soon, showjumping, and I'm not sure whether I should plait Lou's mane or not- It's relatively thin, and its about somewhere between 10 and 15 cm long. But further towards the neck it gets really short again because that was completely shaved off when I got him and its hard to grow out.
So I dunno, should I plait it for the comp or not?
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    01-09-2009, 04:10 AM
Can you pull or trim it so its even?? Usually you don't need to plait for showjumping.
    01-11-2009, 06:37 PM
I don't want to pull or trim because it's taken me ages to grow his mane.
I probably will just not plait then, he looks nicer with his mane out- in my opinion anyways =P
    01-15-2009, 01:40 PM
What breed is your horse?
    02-15-2009, 02:45 AM
Here in NSW, I often see horses plaited up with hunt sized rosettes - big ones, being an uneven number with the forelock making it even.

For instance, I do about 20 rosettes + forelock= 21 for eventing/dressage/pony club.

For just Showjumping and hunting, I do either 11, 13 or 15, depending on which horse I'm riding. For my 13hh pony, I do 11 + forelock, on my 15hh Galloway, I do 13 + forelock and on my 17hh horse, I do 15 + forelock.

I wouldn't plait his tail, because I find there is no use, because mine always come out when I jump

And don't roll them - fold them in half, and half again. They still look neat, but will be quicker to take out at the end of the day, when your both tired and want to get home

Good luck Hope you place
    02-15-2009, 04:46 AM
I just remembered I took these for something else on plaiting (cant remember what for though..?)

1)Plait like normal, but fold the 'tail' of the plait under, then secure with band as normal:

2) Fold to end of band:

3) Fold again:

4) Fold again, and secure with band:

5) Finished product, the way the judge will see it:

These are small, because they are for dressage, but my SJ/Hunting ones are about 2-3 times bigger
    02-15-2009, 07:36 AM
Originally Posted by Miss Katie    
Can you pull or trim it so its even?? Usually you don't need to plait for showjumping.
she is right, usually you don't need a plait.
    02-15-2009, 08:11 AM
Does the comp. Require that you wear a jacket? If not then I wouldn't worry about plaiting up, just be clean and tidy for the judges. As a general rule, braiding is only required if the riders are wearing coats and you are jumping graded classes at a rather public event like an ag show or some higher level stuff ;)

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