Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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lol, if you used rubber bands around my Coach and her coach - they'd have a hayday *no pun intended*
They are strong traditionalists, and say "If you braid, braid right. If you can't braid correctly, don't do it at all". Now that I think about it, that is how it was in Pony Club as well.
Braiding in my area, means needle, yarn, sewing - blah. I will do that for actual Dressage Shows, but not for eventing - at lower levels. If I were doing Prelim and above, I would definitely braid properly and thoroughly. Then again, at those levels I would have a groom to help me out through the phase transitions too, lol.
Not saying there is anything wrong with using just rubber bands to braid. All the power to you. Just in my area, it is considered better to not braid and have a neat and tidy mane than to do it that way.
I love the fact that in the sport of Eventing at lower levels, you don't get penalized for having a non braided mane in the dressage ring.