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Gwyneth 01-21-2013 02:43 PM

Braiding Question
Ok, so my question is what do you do with the tuft of mane that is left by the withers after doing a running braid or button braids?
If I button braid my horse's entire mane then one or two buttons are under the saddle pad. Do you just clip that section of mane? And if I do a running braid down my pony's entire neck then the braid pulls her skin.

I don't know if I am making any sense... Help!

JaphyJaphy 01-21-2013 02:48 PM

I usually just leave it, since it's hidden by the saddle pad when tacked up. Some people do clip it off though.

Ashleysmardigrasgirl 01-21-2013 03:14 PM

I usually clip it so when it's under the saddle it doesn't get pinched or pulled on.

faye 01-21-2013 03:19 PM

I clip itoff

WesternRider88 01-21-2013 04:32 PM

I just clip it off.

Silhouette 01-21-2013 04:33 PM

Clip it off or tuck it under the saddle pad, depending on length :)

FaceTheMusic 01-21-2013 05:48 PM

If you are doing ground or in hand classes as well as riding, you could go ahead and braid that section. Then before you put the saddle on just take the last couple braids out so they don't irritate the horse.
It would be easier to just clip it off as so many others have suggested and I agree. But it might look funny(or it might not) for ground classes and I saw that you do halter and showmanship so I thought I would give you another option. :)

faye 01-21-2013 06:16 PM

FaceTheMusic 01-21-2013 06:39 PM


Originally Posted by faye (Post 1854706)
I do inhand classes with my lad and it does not look strange

Your boy is gorgeous! I wasn't saying that it would look strange to clip the mane just that it might. It can vary depending on the horse. It was just another option.

Gwyneth 01-22-2013 10:17 AM

Ok, thanks for all the help everyone. I think I am just going to clip it then.:D

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