Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: I live in the United States
Not sure if you still need the information BUT
I always start with for the fuzziness and laying properly to put straight braids (the most basic 3 piece down braid you're taught in elementary school) for anywhere from 4 days to a week, or as long as you feel is necessary or as long as your horse will put up with. This is a easy way to flatten and tame those wild locks, much like your own hair when you change your part.
I would most definitely contact a board member of the circuits you're partaking in to see if you shall be allowed feathers and what have you that is breed specific. They are definitely going to give you the most accurate information, or check out the rules book.
If you find that you DO need to braid/plat then I always recommend hair gel and spray that you would use on your own hair, and when braiding to really dampen the fibers. This will assure you that all the hairs will fall into place properly and stay there. You can normally find out what type of braiding is allowed for your shows and sometimes with longer thicker manes a running braid is allowed, or bobbin braids are okay as well.
But most definitely tame the mane to fall to only her natural side by putting in basic braids down the neck. On average for hunter braids there are anywhere from 10-12 (minus or plus one or two) braids per horse so don't be afraid to do quite a few and just take small sections.
Other wise tame, then trim (yes trim) so the ends of her mane are of even legnth.
I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse.
- John Galsworthy