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        03-02-2010, 08:19 PM
    Well ok I wont braid it does seem alot easier, but when anebel said "if you are not intent on braiding then please make sure you pull that mane and it is clean and tidy" well there is a problem with that 1st of all it sure does take alot of work 2nd I ride western to so he would look kinda funny (in my opinion) but I really don't wanna braid so I guess I should get to work at pullin the mane :)
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        03-02-2010, 11:00 PM
    Originally Posted by MIEventer    
    If you are doing big shows, like Classics, or Medals - then I'd say Button Braid.

    Majority don't even braid for most Jumper shows, you rarely see braids unless it is GP or Medals or the Classic.
    NOOOOOOO on button braids for Medals or Classics its just wrong. Button braids anywhere on the A or AA circuit is a no no. Do a Hunter braids. (sorry, no button braids and hunter braids aren't synonymous)
        03-04-2010, 11:24 AM
    When I was showing my Half arab in hunters I did a running braid because I had kept his mane long. If was short I would have probably braided. I know at one show I was showing at and this was a small open hunter show I was commented by the judge because I was the only one to braid and she really appreciated it.
        03-04-2010, 02:36 PM
    I saw a lady at a show who was in the same situation, too long for hunter/button too short for a full running braid. She did, I think, about six small running braids about four inches each all down her horses neck and tucked the ends up. It looked really snazzy. (wish I had a pic)

    There's also scalloped braids, but they seem kind of of complicated. For some reason I can't find a good picture.
        03-04-2010, 03:04 PM
    Scallop braids are fairly simple. Braid out into your individual braids as you would for hunter braids, and loop yarn on the ends. Tie the end of the first into the base of the third, the second to the 4th, so on. Let me try to find pictures...

    ETA: I found a drawing that shows how
        03-05-2010, 11:44 AM
    In my opinion (unless the horse has a really long mane and the person is a good at doing the running braid) they always look messy. I would go for for not braiding or the traditional hunter braid.
        03-06-2010, 02:12 PM
    Yeah, running braids will fall out if the mane isn't long enough--10 inches is about the shortest the mane can be for the braid to stay in.
        03-08-2010, 06:43 PM
    Well ya see um my horses mane is scraggly at the ends, almost like when we get split ends..... I thought about cutting it but was afraid I would mess his mane up :) also it is soooo uncontrolable...almost to the point where I was about to go inside and get my flat iron! Its wavy is some places straight in others and oddly curly in another ugh! I was wondering if it would be possible to straighten your horses mane without fryin it ( don't wory about him spookin at it....after his bath he always gets blow-dried because mom wont let me use a towel)
        03-15-2010, 07:44 PM
    No that wouldn't look very good in the jumping ring, you have to make it a little shorter and plait it.
        03-15-2010, 09:13 PM
    I'm with MIE & eventerdrew - I don't ever braid, I like having that mane loose for emergency grabbing as well. The judge won't care either way.

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