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  • How to braid andalusian manes
  • Running braid too tight on horse neck

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    11-16-2008, 03:08 PM
  #21
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Zab    
But doing the braid too tight will cause it to stretch out and get ugly when the horse stretches the neck?
That is what I run into when I get mine as tight as possible...that is why I am thinking there is more to the second one than just tight.
     
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    11-16-2008, 03:43 PM
  #22
Zab
Yearling
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Originally Posted by AKPaintLover    
That is what I run into when I get mine as tight as possible...that is why I am thinking there is more to the second one than just tight.
Now I know..you just don't allow the horse to stretch... on with side reins! >D
     
    11-16-2008, 03:54 PM
  #23
Foal
The white horse...Andalucian, right? All the riding, high school stallions are kept like that, while breeding mares are shaved.

It's a traditional, running braid fashion among Baroque show horses. It just has to be tight and pristine to look like that. The key word to listen to, I think, is "show". Braiding and bagging to get an extreme look like that only truly works on a stall-kept horse. (Hence, no pulling of the mane) Then what you do is take the braids/bags off like once a week, wash and rebraid. And inbetween I've heard you spritz the mane with plain ole' water to keep in hydrated and lessen the irritation.

TJ came to me looking like that from a swanky place (my hauler said he would have eaten off the barn aisle floor! ). I'll see if I can find some pictures to scan. It was amazing!

I can't do it, I'm all thumbs. *sigh* My mother puts TJ's hair up in a running braid. She just can't get it that tight 'cuz she had the tendons in her hands cut. So it would have to be redone every other day. Sooo much maintenence into something like that!! Sheesh!

Personally, I don't believe in stall-keeping any horse. I'd rather have a sane, healthy horse then a pretty postcard.
     
    11-16-2008, 04:22 PM
  #24
Foal
Okey-dokey. Here's one! You can see it wasn't too pristine as it fizzles out at the bottom. Or it loosened in the 11 hour haul. Poor guy! This was when I got him in 2006. Not the best picture, it was a disposable camera. But here's TJ's best rrunning braid:

     
    11-18-2008, 12:12 AM
  #25
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Zab    
But doing the braid too tight will cause it to stretch out and get ugly when the horse stretches the neck?

It will, and that's why God invented the hay bag

I also twist the hair as I'm braiding it; seems to help a lot!
     
    11-18-2008, 01:21 AM
  #26
Weanling
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Originally Posted by wordstoasong    
**** that it is good! Both ways!

I've always had the idea that sitting on your horse would work...=P
I've tried that, but my horse's neck is too long. I guess it might work as long as you don't have a draft horse...
     
    11-18-2008, 04:54 AM
  #27
Foal
Watch the video on this page for a step-by-step tutorial:
Braid Andalusian Mane
     
    11-18-2008, 06:23 AM
  #28
Foal
To me, it looks like the braid on the grey horse starts from the withers, and then goes backwards up to the poll... Is that just me?? Lol

But yeah, I think you just have to do it really tight, and pull the new section all the way though so that you braid with the hair from the roots... instead of braiding the end bits of the hair... does that make sense?
     
    11-18-2008, 10:47 AM
  #29
Trained
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Originally Posted by banoota    
watch the video on this page for a step-by-step tutorial:
Braid Andalusian Mane

Great video!! Thanks for digging it up to share with us!
     
    11-18-2008, 03:48 PM
  #30
Zab
Yearling
I made it!
Not great.. but not too bad for a first try? :3
(I've made a few running braids before but they always end up like on the brown horse in the first post..I've never managed to make it look lke a braid, or be as close to the top s I wished.. this could be a bit tighter too..but.. oh well. XD)

And the feathers actually looked rather good IRL.. >___> the camera made them waaay too white and fixing it in photoshop didn't help a lot either..the grey on them IRL contrasted nicely to his brown coat and black mane I'll see if I try/manage to do the same on Crow once I see him and then tae photos with my real camera :P I think I'll put the feathers in a more even distance to the braid too..

Anyway.. what do you think? :)
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