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    06-25-2013, 10:23 PM
Yes, never wash the mane before braiding or banding, it is not as pliable and doesn't look as polished.
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    06-26-2013, 01:27 AM
Haha, anybody who told me not to wash mane before braiding, I learned that the hard way! But his mane was on the verge of turning brown, so yeah... Just maybe not the smartest choice to wash an hour or so before braiding!
So, apparently no one has tried the stocking idea? If I spray it in something that tastes less than fantastic to horses, that would at least discourage field mates from chewing, but idk how to avoid rubbing! I do not have much experience braiding, but Joey doesn't seem like the type of horse who'd try to rub them out. All he really does in pasture is stand around, swish at flies, run away from bully horses, eat, poo, and sleep!
I guess I could try braiding him then turn him out in an arena with braids uncovered to see if he tries to rub them out, just as an experiment. Of course though, it's a little different then being in a field overnight! Or, maybe see if there is an empty stall I could leave him in overnight...

Ok, I'm done rambling now!
    06-26-2013, 01:47 AM
What I do before a show to protect braids or bands and yes my horse is left outdoors with access to a pasture unless it's multi day show is cover it. First I put on his slinky hood, then a waterproof neck cover, light one it's warm outside. Protects the braids or bands and my slinky.
    06-27-2013, 01:33 AM
How does egg whites work for y'all to make mane grippy and add a nice finish?
    06-27-2013, 07:46 AM
I've used the stocking idea before I got my sleazy for Mitch. It worked well for me, but keeping in mind that this horse is paddocked on his own on show nights.
It worked, but they're fiddly to get off in the morning is all, and you have to be careful not to make your braids go fuzzy when you pull it off. It does work though.

I put hair gel in his mane and wait for it to get to the "slightly tacky" stage of gel before I actually plait it, that way it's not slippery in my hands. I then band the end of the plait, and sew all my plaits in, I just find it easier to sew them in, they stay in better and sit against the neck better, rather than looking like little knobby things sticking out from the rubber bands

So; my plaiting kit consists of:
Human hair gel
Plaiting thread the same colour as his mane
Rubber bands the same colour as his mane
Steel mane comb with wide teeth (for pulling his mane-mane pulling is hellish on bare fingers)
Plastic mane comb with many thin teeth (for separating mane pieces)
Human hair brush (paddle-brush for initial detangling of mane)
Hair dressing hair clips (holds mane out of way)
Plaiting apron - it's so annoying having to hold a hunk of mane and lean over to where your stuff is to get the next thing.

I think that's all, though I like to use a damp sponge on the mane before I put the hair gel in. The gel I use is very thick, not thin runny type stuff.
    06-27-2013, 09:52 AM
I always wash the mane before I braid or I would have dirty braids! The thing is after you wash it you need to put hair spray or quik braid on it so you can grip it.
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    06-27-2013, 11:22 AM
As an owner of plenty of horses that have manes going off to both sides, I have dealt with this problem with just about every type of mane. I generally will braid them to the preferred side, or whichever side has the most hair on it, in braids big enough that they don't stick up. If the mane is especially thick, you could 'french braid' a portion, but have it running down the same way as a normal braid. The tightness and heavyness of the braids really depends on the horse. Some horses will leave them alone, and others, generally with finer hair, if they have a really tight braid they will rub it out. (Although the mare that rubbed out her braid is especially itchy, too, which is a factor.) I braid all of my horse's hair, and they all go out on pasture together. I haven't had much of a problem with hair eating, but anything colorful or large is bound to be hassled.

Here are just a few examples of my horses caught candid in braids. The first mare, who was pregnant at the time, doesn't care how you braid her mane. It was easy to get it all on one side, and I could braid it really tight and she didn't mind.

The second is one of my geldings, who didn't like his mane being tugged on at all. He didn't have much for a mane, and I can almost assure you he's never had his mane braided.

Next is the same mare as first, with her nice braids and a nice baby. Again, she has very thick hair and doesn't mind the tight braids. She also has a double mane normally.

Then we have her filly, who has a very fine baby mane, and can't stand tight braids in her hair, hence why these were so floofy.
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    06-28-2013, 12:40 AM
I think I will try yarn with a plastic needle for the next show. Anyone who has tried that and has a good technique, any tips would be appreciated! Also, people who do button braids, it would be hugely helpful if someone can post written instructions!

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