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    01-24-2009, 03:38 PM
  #1
Weanling
Question Do I need to braid for this class?

As I've mentioned before, I'm entering my horse in a walk trot class at the San Antonio rodeo. It's one of the 3 english classes that they have at the show, and there haven't been more than 3 people in the class in the past 3 years. The show guidelines aren't very specific, they just say that "American Quarter Horse Association rules will apply." This is an open show, by the way.

The AQHA handbook mentions it very briefly:
"(1) Optional equipment...

...(E) Braiding of mane and/or tail in hunt style"

My horse has a very long mane, though, so I'm thinking that maybe I should braid it so it's not covering her neck. Here's a picture to show how long her mane is:


Would it be appropriate to do regular braids like that? Or a running braid, like this? Or should I just leave it down?

     
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    01-24-2009, 04:03 PM
  #2
Trained
I think the running braid looks classier. But I don't know what is the accepted thing in that class. =/ I'm no help.
     
    01-24-2009, 04:30 PM
  #3
Weanling
Yea, idk either but I like the regular braids better. Also, you can get books that teach you how to do other cool braids. Sorry I couldn't help :/
     
    01-24-2009, 05:19 PM
  #4
Weanling
If you are going to do regular braids like are in the picture on top you will need to tuck them up so they look like hunter braids. Do not leave them long like that for your class. The running braid in the second picture would be the preferred braid when a horse has a mane that long. Go with the running braid.
     
    01-25-2009, 03:15 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by LauraB    
If you are going to do regular braids like are in the picture on top you will need to tuck them up so they look like hunter braids. Do not leave them long like that for your class. The running braid in the second picture would be the preferred braid when a horse has a mane that long. Go with the running braid.
Thanks, that's what I was thinking but I wanted to get some other opinions. I tried tucking it under like a hunter braid, but it looked bad because her main thins out at the bottom.
     
    01-25-2009, 03:25 PM
  #6
Yearling
If you do regular braids and 'tuck them', they will be golf ball sized, and golfball plaits don't look good!
I would do a nice tight running plait or leave it down if it is lovely and no chunks missing!
     
    01-25-2009, 03:26 PM
  #7
Yearling
And if you plait your mane, you plait your tail (or pull), no mixing and matching
     
    01-26-2009, 03:17 AM
  #8
Weanling
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Quote:
Originally Posted by moomoo    
And if you plait your mane, you plait your tail (or pull), no mixing and matching
That settles it, then. No braids.
     
    01-26-2009, 09:11 AM
  #9
Started
I would just brush the main out and not do the braids. You don't really see running braids for english classes in AQHA it is the little braids.

Good Luck at the show
     
    01-26-2009, 06:48 PM
  #10
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by moomoo    
And if you plait your mane, you plait your tail (or pull), no mixing and matching
I respectfully disagree. It is perfectly acceptable to have a mane braided and the tail not braided, as long as the tail is clean and well kept. Especially since it is just a walk/trot class you should be fine. When you get into the higher classes or higher rated shows then you would want to look into braiding the tail as well. But for what you are doing right now I wouldn't worry too much. I would either go with the running braid or just make sure her mane is clean and well kept if you decide to leave it natural. Good luck and have fun!
     

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