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friafreedom756 07-12-2010 11:02 PM

Should I braid?
I'm taking my green mare to a local county fair show this weekend. I was wondering if you thought I should braid, or leave it pulled. We went last year, but I was just worried about keeping calm, and didn't look if any one else was braided. Im doing a model mare class, then have a long break before a trail class, a in0hand class, and then english eqand pleasure classes, and an over fence (eighteen inches). Should I worry over braiding her, like after the model class, and if show what should I do. She has a naturally thick mane, and its about 6 inches long now.

Azale1 07-13-2010 01:07 AM

I would braid. It ads that extra finishing touch and shows respect for the judge.

JumperStride 07-13-2010 02:11 AM

I try to always take the time to braid, even for a local show. Like Azale said it just shows respect to the judges, and even on a not-so-great looking horse it gives a nice polished effect.

Alwaysbehind 07-13-2010 07:45 AM


Originally Posted by Azale1 (Post 689453)
I would braid. It ads that extra finishing touch and shows respect for the judge.


Presenting yourself at your best is never a bad idea. Always a good idea.

Every show is a show. So your horse and you should be your best at every show.

I totally agree about the showing respect for the judge.

It also gives you the bonus of more practice. Never a bad thing to be able to practice braiding a mane.

friafreedom756 07-13-2010 09:27 AM

Should I do jumper braids then? Would you have them in for the halter classes?

Azale1 07-13-2010 10:53 AM

I probably would do jumper braids. If you have them on for your halter class then make sure to where your english outfit so that you will match your horse.

friafreedom756 07-14-2010 09:52 AM

Would a running braid be ok to use? She has a longer mane which makes a jumper braid look huge even if you only braid a little at a time. Plus, the running braid would take less time (Since shes green she has trouble standing still for too long) Should I do this, or would you recomend I give her mane a big trim and do the jumber braids?

Alwaysbehind 07-14-2010 11:10 AM

What breed is she?

friafreedom756 07-14-2010 11:44 PM


Alwaysbehind 07-15-2010 08:33 AM

Then I say go with the more traditional shorter mane.

If your horse was an Arabian I would say a running braid is some what OK.

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