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post #1 of 11 Old 04-03-2011, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Terrible time braiding and getting it right!

So, I've braided for YEARS.

I've always used yarn to braid and they've turned out fine... but my horse does not like standing for the amount of time required to braid with yarn and the materials get everywhere and I'm always afraid of dropping a piece and her eating it!

So my new trainer suggested trying elastic bands instead of yarn. The first time I did it was fine... but now I can't seem to get the hang of it I have a show this weekend and I have all the materials. I just can't get it right!

I think my problem is being able to braid tightly and all the way to the end. Then, when I roll it up, it never stays properly and I don't know how to make it stay!

Any suggestions would be helpful!!

Thanks!

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So, I've braided for YEARS.

I've always used yarn to braid and they've turned out fine... but my horse does not like standing for the amount of time required to braid with yarn and the materials get everywhere and I'm always afraid of dropping a piece and her eating it!

So my new trainer suggested trying elastic bands instead of yarn. The first time I did it was fine... but now I can't seem to get the hang of it I have a show this weekend and I have all the materials. I just can't get it right!

I think my problem is being able to braid tightly and all the way to the end. Then, when I roll it up, it never stays properly and I don't know how to make it stay!

Any suggestions would be helpful!!

Thanks!
NEVER use bands. I have used them and the quality is nothing compared to yarn. When you braid with yarn, braid down first for her whole neck. Pull up and tie off, THEN cut the string all at once so you can throw it away instead of leaving it in the stall.
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post #3 of 11 Old 04-03-2011, 06:08 PM
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Gotta agree with justjump. Go early enough that you'll have time to do it with yarn! I have never been able to braid nicely with bands.
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Gotta agree with justjump. Go early enough that you'll have time to do it with yarn! I have never been able to braid nicely with bands.
Yeah like I said, they don't turn out half as nice and the quality is horribly IMO(:
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Well, when I braided the first time, it looked just as good as when I used yarn (if that tells you anything about my yarn braids! haha)

And going early really isn't an option since my ride times are in the early morning. I have to do them the night before and only have time for a few touch ups in the morning.

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post #6 of 11 Old 04-05-2011, 07:39 PM
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I have always been able to make beautiful braids with bands, but that's just me.. :) Make sure you fold them over tightly and grip them extra hard when putting the band on. I know that sounds obvious, but it's extra important :)

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post #7 of 11 Old 04-05-2011, 09:25 PM
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I only have bands so I can band manes over to one side before a show. I'll use yarn for shows, I think it looks a lot nicer and is easier to manipulate. Can you practice on a horse that stays still, possibly, or give your horse a net of hay to munch on while you work?
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-05-2011, 10:48 PM
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Being from a different riding discipline, I have never braided, though I believe it's really an art form~anyone have pics of some of their horses braided?

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Once you've braided the section of mane, rather than rolling it up straight away - get the end and push it through the base of the plait, then pull that tight and use the rest of the plait to wrap around in a cirle.
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post #10 of 11 Old 04-06-2011, 12:23 PM
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Go back to the yarn. Bands are the worst thing you can use. Never looks as clean and doesn't stay nearly as well. I usually wrap pre cut yarn around my neck so that way I know it is in place and easy to access. The horse can move aorund as much as they want and it won't affect me at all.

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