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Lexiie 03-19-2013 03:48 PM

braiding forelocks
So. I really need to learn how to braid a forelock. I show in hunter classes with my mare. I can do her mane and tail fine, but I really struggle with her forelock.
I've tried with a normal french braid as well as a backwards french braid. I like that much better, more confusing, but it looks so much nicer. I can see the braid more.

My mare has a short and poofy forelock. Its kind of brittle as well. I think if I washed it a little it would help (I never brush it either)

Does anyone have any tips for keeping them tighter and not poofy? As well as tips for braiding or a method for it?
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wetrain17 03-19-2013 03:51 PM

Its much harder to braid a clean mane/tail/forelock then one that is a litte dirty so I would not suggest washing it. I really don't have much advice expect for lots of practice and pull tight.

Lexiie 03-19-2013 10:06 PM

I figured. I would probably wash it a week or so before, just because it gets gunky, kind of

Bump, as well. Anything else??

Horsecrazy4 03-19-2013 10:29 PM

I was just looking in the valley vet mag. They sell a quic braid says offers the perfect grip for tighter braids,neater bands,and minimal stray hairs. The price is $11.29 :) I have never used it so I couldn't tell u if it works good or not.
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Lexiie 03-19-2013 10:31 PM

I always use that stuff! Definitely worth it! (But if you can, get the small "test" bottle" that lasts me the whole summer. You don't need a lot
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Horsecrazy4 03-19-2013 10:37 PM

Hmmmm I may have to order some my daughter always is braiding her ponies mane and tail for shows:) do u have to have her mane braided? I did this on my daughters for a show where u put pony tails in and just keep splitting them till there is is not enough hair to take from one to another.?
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LoveDanceRide 03-19-2013 10:49 PM

I want to try the Dutch braid the horses' manes..... We'll see how it goes

Lexiie 03-19-2013 11:26 PM

Horsecrazy- you don't have to braid, it just looks nicer and well put together. It also depends on the show. At a local/schooling show they're not too important, but it's a great opportunity to learn and practice. At larger or rated shows, you'll most likely see every horse braided.
I think what you're talking about is a diamond braid? On their mane? If that's what you meant, you can do that depending on what you're showing in.
I show hunters, so her mane is pulled thin and very short.
A diamond braid, I would think, is suitable for western shows (if you don't want to cut and band)
For an english schooling show, I don't see why not. I've seen some pretty cool braids at the local shoes i've been to.
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Lexiie 03-19-2013 11:27 PM

LDR - Post pictures!!!
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LoveDanceRide 03-19-2013 11:35 PM

I'll see of I have time/ get around to it, but I've wanted to try it for a while��

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