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post #1 of 31 Old 09-14-2012, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Opinion on Braiding???

I have a small show at my very laid back lesson barn this weekend. No braiding is required, but I prefer to because it gives me a slight edge. I recently learned how to do them with yarn instead of rubber bands. I have no idea how long it will take me. It takes me about 30 mins to do with rubber bands. Should I do them with rubber bands and then take them out and do them with yarn for my showmanship. I feel like they should look good for the showmanship and I have plenty of time between my Jump and Showmanship/Flat classes. Does anyone have a quick braid that I could do in 30 mins ish.
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I have a small show at my very laid back lesson barn this weekend. No braiding is required, but I prefer to because it gives me a slight edge. I recently learned how to do them with yarn instead of rubber bands. I have no idea how long it will take me. It takes me about 30 mins to do with rubber bands. Should I do them with rubber bands and then take them out and do them with yarn for my showmanship. I feel like they should look good for the showmanship and I have plenty of time between my Jump and Showmanship/Flat classes. Does anyone have a quick braid that I could do in 30 mins ish.
Do them with yarn to start with - save time taking them out and redoing You can buy a slinky to keep them tidy in between and a good application of gel will help hold them too
Get some practice in before the show and time yourself - allow for nerves and things going wrong as they usually do!!!
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if your horses mane is medium to long length (anything longer than the traditional 4 inchish hunter mane) you can always do a running braid. There are lots of videos on yotube and it literally takes 3 minutes and looks so cool! If my horses mane was long and not crazy poofy i would do them at every show!!

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What kind of show is it? Running braids are inappropriate for most English shows.
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What kind of show is it? Running braids are inappropriate for most English shows.
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That is true but she mentioned it was a show at her barn so I assumed it was informal.

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I would braid. Even if it isn't required or expected, it is good practice.
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Ah. I would still suggest either full, formal braids or no braids rather than a running. If her horse's mane is the correct length for hunter braids, it will likely be too short for a running braid. I do agree it looks neat when done properly! Just not show-appropriate.
OP, why not practice your yarn braids and do your horse up for the show? At the very least you will show the judge that you respect that it's a show, and you'll get practice..! :)
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Very very small schooling show. I think a running braid may be good for the morning, then due my hunter braids while I am waiting for afternoon classes. It gives me something to do with him, he gets grumpy quickly and this will keep him awake and sharp. Plus it will give me something to do. Do you have any tips for grooming for showmanship
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Very very small schooling show. I think a running braid may be good for the morning, then due my hunter braids while I am waiting for afternoon classes. It gives me something to do with him, he gets grumpy quickly and this will keep him awake and sharp. Plus it will give me something to do. Do you have any tips for grooming for showmanship
sounds good! And I love showmanship! For tips I would say no matter what SMILE! Always be polite and be CONFIDENT but not cocky. I learned from a past show some judges place the class as soon as they walk into a lineup before their patteren and then fix the placings throughout the class based on the performances. Just stick your piviots, square, and own the pattern youll do great!

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