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        06-24-2013, 02:59 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    I was also a bit worried that he may rub them out...
    Okay, I now have another question (not exactly 2 questions anymore, huh?): one technique I've heard is to secure a stocking over the braids and band them to keep it nice, would that solve the issue of rubbing/chewing on the braids? (I don't have / can't afford a sleazy).
         
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        06-24-2013, 04:46 PM
      #12
    Yearling
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        06-24-2013, 07:49 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    What have been you guys' solutions to hold in braids if your horse is kept in pasture?
         
        06-24-2013, 11:50 PM
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    Yearling
    Anybody?
         
        06-25-2013, 12:05 AM
      #15
    Started
    My experience with braiding and pasture is not a good one. In the interests of saving time, I braided my two horses I was taking to a show the night before and then turned them out in their pasture. Come the morning, the mare was fine but the gelding had evidently been eating through the fence and had rubbed his braids out taking most of his mane with them - in places there wasn't enough left to braid. So, if you're training the mane to one side, I wonder if you couldn't slick the mane down with hair gel and leave it that - that would be safer than braiding it? The other alternative, rather than doing a complete braid, after you get troublesome bits brushed over to the proper side, perhaps just band them with a couple of strategically placed rubber bands and leave it at that - that should reduce the risk of a braid catching and the hair being pulled out plus with the bands should break/give first reducing possible damage.
         
        06-25-2013, 12:10 AM
      #16
    Trained
    Someone posted a link to this last year. I bought it, man, oh man, so much easier and looks so slick compared to traditional braid jobs...
    Braiding wire for horse hair by Twisteezwire
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        06-25-2013, 01:14 AM
      #17
    Yearling
    But how bout the stocking idea?
    Chevaux: yea, even w a sleazy on my pony managed to make at least half of his braids need fixing, that's y I'm trying to find a different solution
    Waresbear: what gauge is the braideez wire about?
    Another generic question: do you think a judge at a schooling show would care if I usd black bands on a gray mane?
         
        06-25-2013, 02:23 AM
      #18
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    For a schooling show, I would say black bands on gray wouldn't be an issue as long as they're neatly done.
         
        06-25-2013, 07:13 PM
      #19
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by ponyluver420    
    But how bout the stocking idea?
    Chevaux: yea, even w a sleazy on my pony managed to make at least half of his braids need fixing, that's y I'm trying to find a different solution
    Waresbear: what gauge is the braideez wire about?
    Another generic question: do you think a judge at a schooling show would care if I usd black bands on a gray mane?
    Sorry, I am lousy at guessing the gauge of anything! It's pretty skinny though and coated in plastic, a bit thicker than a twist tie. It works amazingly well and cut my traditional yarn braiding time (I suck at using rubber bands for securing braids) in less than half and the braids always look fantastic, my competitors even ask how I braid so neatly, hehe.
         
        06-25-2013, 08:23 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Wares I use braideez too! But I put like 6 or 7 braids in down the whole neck haha.

    Don't wash the mane. Pull the everliving carp out of it and then try braiding.
    I leave the Andy braided, 6 long braids, he has a full mane though and it is awful to get the witches stirrups out every day.
    For a show, I always braid right before the class, and have been known to re braid for multiple classes in a day. Takes me 20 minutes or less for one mane though... Woo dressage braids :P
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