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post #1 of 28 Old 06-23-2013, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Question 1: I am looking into assembling a braiding kit, and want to know what kind of stuff people recommend to have in one. I use bands instead of yarn, if that helps at all. I don't know what the name of the kind of braids I do is, I just band mane, braid each section, then double it up so I have a even little braid, sort of. Lol, that doesn't really make any sense and is pretty much what everyone does, but if it helps at all then great!

Question 2: So on the lower part of my ponys mane, (closer to his withers), his mane only grows on one side, but on the upper part, (closer to his ears), he grows a full mane on both sides. Because I comb his whole mane on one side, the upper part is EXTREMELY thick, and is difficult to braid. So, if anyone has tips on how to make braiding it easier, please post them!!! I think pulling it differently might help, but not really sure...
Oh, and if anyone has tips on how to make manes less slippery to braid, that'd also be appreciated! Thanks!

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Pull his mane so it's all one length and one thickness, the braids will look much, much better.

Do you wash your horses mane prior to braiding?
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Yes, I most likely wont wash his mane for the next show, but I gotta at least wash his body cause he's a light grey. (Pony in avatar) all I do are schooling shows, so the judges are not extremely picky about braids, but idk, I do want his mane to look nice!
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Question 1: I am looking into assembling a braiding kit, and want to know what kind of stuff people recommend to have in one. I use bands instead of yarn, if that helps at all. I don't know what the name of the kind of braids I do is, I just band mane, braid each section, then double it up so I have a even little braid, sort of. Lol, that doesn't really make any sense and is pretty much what everyone does, but if it helps at all then great! I have bands that match my horses mane, hairdressers sectioning clips (pegs off the washing line do the same thing), a mane comb, plaitting thread, a needle, scissors and a product called proplaits which makes the mane nice and sticky to plait. Hairspray will do a similar thing.
My friend likes to use hair gel, but I find it makes the mane too slippery for my liking.
I secure my plaits with a band and then sew them in. I find I get a neater, longer lasting plait that way.


Question 2: So on the lower part of my ponys mane, (closer to his withers), his mane only grows on one side, but on the upper part, (closer to his ears), he grows a full mane on both sides. Because I comb his whole mane on one side, the upper part is EXTREMELY thick, and is difficult to braid. So, if anyone has tips on how to make braiding it easier, please post them!!! I think pulling it differently might help, but not really sure...
Oh, and if anyone has tips on how to make manes less slippery to braid, that'd also be appreciated! Thanks!
Pull the thick part of his mane to thin it out and if needed, trim the thinner part of his mane to the same length as his new (thinner) mane, this will give you a uniform looking mane without thinning out the bottom too much.
Are you washing his mane the day you plait or the day before? Do you condition his mane? Stop the conditioner. Just shampoo it :) or even better, shampoo his mane a day or so before you need to plait it. :)
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Any tips on seeing if I could make his mane stay on one side?
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To get his mane to stay to one side, braid the portion that gets flipped over to the side that you want it to lay, most likely the right side considering that is what they want in the Hunter ring. Keep the braids big and loose, no need to fold them over or anything. Just do a simple plait and leave it. Take them out every other day or so, brush out the mane and replace the braids. Slowly the mane will naturally grow to that side. It does take a while though!

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Um... My pony is kept in a pasture, so is the braids idea still safe/effective?
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What do you all recommend for a braiding kit then?

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I keep my horse's mane up in a running braid all the time, both to keep it nicer and because my horse sweats under it when it's down. For shows, I do it pretty much the same way, except that I take the tail of the running braid and sew it up under the rest of the braid for a cleaner look. I also put his forelock up into a button if I'm patient enough



My "braiding kit" includes rubber hair bands, hair brush, detangler/conditioner, yarn/thread that matches my horse's mane, a big plastic needle, scissors, and a latch hook (for getting his forelock into a button). My horse has a long mane and I find that it stays up without any additional products. I do know a few people who use Quick Braid spray to help make the mane a little tackier, though.

Pulling the upper part of your horse's mane where it's super thick sounds like the best thing to do to get it more manageable, then braiding it on the desired side as mentioned to get it to stay there. Braids in the field should be OK unless his buddies decide they look tasty to chew on!
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