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post #1 of 9 Old 09-15-2013, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Really thick and long mane + show ??

So I'm planning on doing a show with this pony I've been riding and working with, Thor/Mighty Man. I've done a running braid on his mane before, it just looked awful because of the thickness and it gets short at the end. here is an example of his mane up in the air. He has so much mane it flops over to the other side too.
I can't cut his mane or anything because he's not my horse. I think the normal show, "button braids" would take really long because of his mane. Please help?
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-15-2013, 11:47 AM
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I am fairly certain button braids are IMPOSSIBLE with a mane this long. I've tried with my horse, and it doesn't work. You will probably have to do the running braid. My horse's main also gets short, but at that point I stop the braid and start another. (you can't see it though). I would ask a more experienced braider at your barn, or your coach
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Thanks, i was pretty sure the button braids were not going to happen. If i tried they would probably be the size of a golf ball. LOL. I'll try another running braid. I still have time to try lots of different braids.
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Running braids work well for the long manes. You could also consider the diamond braid:
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For really thick, long manes, I have done a double running braid, one on top of the other. (So, 'top' layer and 'bottom' layer.) It looks kind of nifty!
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Originally Posted by Eolith View Post
Running braids work well for the long manes. You could also consider the diamond braid:
Diamond Braid Video - YouTube
I think i will try the diamond braid. I've never tried one before, but the video made it so much more clear to me one how to do i always thought it was confusing! Thanks. still open for suggestions everyone. :)
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On the Spanish bred horses they do a running braid on each side (part the braid down the middle and braid each side), so its not too thick.
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Button braids the mane can't be more than 4 inches or so. Even that's pushing it. Diamond braids are super cool, try that!

Also a running braid with the actual braid not directly at the root of the neck works well with thicker names. It's hard to describe, I'll try to find a pic or just do it on my horse real quick to show.
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One of my horses has a very long thick mane. I would never want to cut it. For show I do a running braid. It takes a little practice but now I can do a nice neat, tight running braid in only 3 minutes. I do it everyday before I ride him, just so I can see his neck and not get my reins tangled in his mane. I have never tried a double running braid on him, but I did last week on my other horse who has a fairly long mane and it was a failure. Guess I'll have to practice that more.

The trick to a nice running braid is to keep it tight while braiding it. Taking smaller sections of hair helps, but the main thing is to give each section a tug up tight to the roots after you cross it over the previous section. Hold it there as you work with the next section. If your horse moves around while you are trying to braid, it will usually result in a lumpy or sagging braid, so learn to do it fast. I keep a small hair band wrapped around my 2 middle fingers of my left hand as I braid so I'm ready with it when I finish.

Note: In preparation for braiding, I carefully brush the mane with a large pin brush starting at the ends and gradually working up to the roots. I don't want to pull out ANY hair so I'm careful and I use as much Cowboy Magic Detangler as needed. Once the mane is smooth, I can separate out each section with just my fingers as I am braiding.
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