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Cinnys Whinny 04-02-2013 03:57 PM

Braiding/Plaiting tips and advice needed please
Time to gear up for the first show of the season here in Nebraska, this weekend. My new trainer likes all of her students to have their horses braided at shows. So I guess I am braiding.

I Have braided before, and I've had it turn out well and last however I have a problem with Cinny's braids. They come out nice and all that, however he always has these short hairs (about an 1/2 inch to an inch long) that come out and stick up like a troll doll. It's not really mane hair, it's more like a fuzz that grows between his main hair and his normal coat. And it's not sparse little hairs here and there, it's THICK and very visible. Looks like he has half his mane braided and the other half roached. What the heck do I do with this?

In the past I have tried gels, hairspray etc both before and after braiding. Sometimes I think I haze it nicked but an hour later, POOF troll doll fuzz. It really detracts from his buttons and makes him look sloppy.

Any tips? Should I just clip it off so that he looks sleek and debonair?

Cinnys Whinny 04-02-2013 07:12 PM

Just giving it the ol "bump up."

Almond Joy 04-02-2013 08:15 PM

Hmmm. I know exactly what you are talking about, but have never braided so I have no clue how to fix it! Sorry! Subbing

NaeNae87 04-02-2013 09:52 PM

I plait with a damp mane and spray pro plaits in it to plait with. Once my plaits are sewn in, I spray with hairspray and cover with a lycra skinny hood. I find that helps to make the mane lay down a bit.

Some frineds who do show horse events also swear by covering the plaits in cling wrap (that plastic wrap you use for covering bowls in the kitchen - not sure what you call it over there... :) ) for keeping plaits neat.

If you still have a few hairs that stick up after that, I would trim them off with scissors :)

Hope it helps.

Skyseternalangel 04-02-2013 10:02 PM

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You need to invest in a good hairspray. One that tames flyaways and isn't toxic to horses. It's just like flyaways for human hair, except more course.

Cinnys Whinny 04-02-2013 10:12 PM

Well so far I've used: spray and braid, quic braid, ponytail mane stay-braid spray, extra strength dep, extra strength dep mixed with jello (a weird suggestion but tried it anyway), super strength aqua net, and Shaper hairspray. None of them work. I also have tried not using a hood, using a sleasy hood, rubber bands, sewingin with thread, sewing in with yarn, sewing in with felting yarn and then wetting...sigh.

And on Cin, it's not just little irritating fly aways, I can cope with that, this is a solid line of troll fuzz about half an inch long that just never goes away. Sort of like his coat is growing straight upward on that part of the neck and then fuzzing up.

Skyseternalangel 04-02-2013 11:34 PM

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What about braiding then threading into buttons, then adding spray?

Can you take a photo?

Cinnys Whinny 04-02-2013 11:56 PM

I usually do buttons. The buttons look like black weeds are growing out of them.

I will take a picture Saturday. I think I'm going to bring one of those littley safty clip blade thingies and just shave off his fuzzies this time...but I'll take pics first.

soenjer55 04-03-2013 12:26 AM

Honestly, I would just take scissors/ clippers to them for this season, at least. You seem to have tried so many things without success that unless you super glue it all down I don't think it's gonna work, haha.
If I had a mane like that, and I wasn't going to cut it, I'd just do everything at once, haha- dampen it, then braid it with yarn in, then band the buttons, then put some hairspray on the top of it all and see how that held. Clipping it would be so much easier, though, I would say that that's the best option...

~*~anebel~*~ 04-03-2013 12:32 AM

A photo would help, but IMO I'd just clip it.

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