Running braid on both sides of neck? - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 10 Old 05-16-2014, 06:24 AM Thread Starter
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Running braid on both sides of neck?

If a horse has a very long mane which you don't want to pull and the mane seems immune to training , would it be possible to do a running braid on both sides of the neck? Does any one do this or have seen it? Would it be fine for lower level eventing (dressage phase)?
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-16-2014, 06:42 AM
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I don't see why not, andalusians are generaly shown in running braids if their hair is now down.







And this one just because its cool looking XD


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Great! Thank you :)
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You would want to read the rules on any classes you enter. Andalusians, Friesians, Arabians, and a few others are considered "mane and tail" breeds and are specifically excluded from the pulled and buttoned requirements in many shows (though I do not believe eventing requires braids of any sort on any breed).

Tip on the running braid - The horse cannot lower it's head once the braids are in, it will pull the braids loose and they will look really goofy when the horse picks his head back up for your test.

like this one
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I angled mine and avoided that XD. But then again it was not intended as it was my first braid and my mare was not having any one it XD.







Again it was not as straight as it could have been because this was my first attempt

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I use a single mane braid as a pasture braid on a horse with an insane mane. I do the single braid to just before her withers, then use about 4 or 5 single dangly braids over the withers area to help keep the braid from loosening on her neck. I know that won't work for show, but it's great for pasture and trail rides
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Kiger--That looks awesome :O
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-29-2014, 09:43 PM
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I Do it before riding english because I get mane in my reins -_-'. That leads to a very irritated arab. Now if I could only braid tails (she doesn't look good with her tail braided... her tail kinda stick in a mostly up position so it just looks weird).
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I like to swing up while the horse is eating hay (in a net, not on the ground, so their head is about the level it'd be when riding in frame) and then braid straight down the top of the crest. Like so: http://www.singletreestable.com/running%20braid.jpg
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Again it was not as straight as it could have been because this was my first attempt

Mine end up like this as well so don't feel bad. They just seem to naturally want to angle down & not stay as tight



What happens when it starts to pull & get funky:



From what I was told (mind you this is me trying to remember back almost 5yrs) from a gal who showed Arabians in upper level Dressage I could only get away with the running braid on my Arabian. Now, that is my QH in the lower picture but at a local show - not anything big or recognized.
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