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Tail braiding woes; can't get the dock hair
I dampen it, I try it dry, I put gel in it; I can't get my mare's top dock hairs to come together for a braid! :-(
I'm trying to get ideas to dress up my mare for a birthday party in January, a little girl wants to play Princess and ride her while I lead from the ground, a typical pony ride with a theme. The horse herself is a 15.2hh gray Paint, with a white-gray tail and a white/red/black mane, and two white hooves. I thought it would be adorable to braid her up and put flowers and ribbons in her hair, also paint her hooves, but I can't get the upper tail hairs... at all. I try grabbing them from under and to the sides, they won't reach. I think my mare's new neighbors might have chewed her tail, as I see they've messed her mane up a bit.
I should have enough time for them to grow, so can I just skip the dock hairs and bag up the whole thing with the lower portion braided? Her mane is about 4 inches long, I think I'll let that grow out as well and just braid or band it for when I go out hacking.
Any tricks to at least give the appearance of a braided tail? Or some other fancy way to do it up for a Princess-themed party?
Hair spray is a really good alternative. In Europe a big thing there for braiding is using egg whites. It makes the tail shiny and a bit more sticky so the tail will stay braided for a few days-thats for you to decide tho.
Will egg whites bleach a black horse's tail?
If the hairs are long enough, braid from a point where you can and then weave flowers into the shorter hairs...or band them in. If they are really really short, am thinking almost like a docked dressage tail, the only other option is something like the hairspray mentioned to "stick" down the hairs.
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