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Hoofprints in the Sand 08-19-2011 12:43 PM

Braids braids everywhere!!
 
So as some of you already know, my very first RECOGNIZED Horse Trial is in a few short weeks and I am SOOOO excited! I of course want to go the proper route and will be dressing myself and my horse up, including braiding her, which I've never done for a show (no one does it at the schooling shows around here it seems).

I'm going to braid her for the schooling mini trial this weekend just for practice, so I thought I'd start a fun thread where you can show pics of your braided Eventers! ;) And I have heard Eventers don't braid the tail, just the forelock and the mane...is that everyone's experience?

Here are the kind of braids I plan on doing on Sandie (except my trainer taught me a slightly different version which ends up with just top "button" part, not top and bottom like this video shows):


eventerdrew 08-19-2011 12:50 PM

I wouldn't braid the tail. It's just not done in the eventing world. I've used yarn but prefer bands. It's easier with a horse that doesn't stand very well to be braided

Laures 08-19-2011 01:59 PM

I don't like the braids with the white yarn..i just do it with white or black bands.
(i like black ones the most)
I try to make so few braids as possible because my horse has a very long nek and a lot of braids make him look like a giraffe :)

FoxyRoxy1507 08-19-2011 02:27 PM

or u can just cheat like i do and roach their manes off! :)

Hoofprints in the Sand 08-19-2011 04:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Laures (Post 1142880)
I don't like the braids with the white yarn..i just do it with white or black bands.
(i like black ones the most)
I try to make so few braids as possible because my horse has a very long nek and a lot of braids make him look like a giraffe :)

Well you're supposed to buy thread/yarn that matches your horse's mane ;) She mentioned in the video she was just using a contrasting color so you could see it better for the demo. I bought black for Sandie since she's a buckskin! :D

Hoofprints in the Sand 08-19-2011 04:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eventerdrew (Post 1142786)
I wouldn't braid the tail. It's just not done in the eventing world.

Good deal, that's what I've heard and it's one less thing to mess with anyway! :wink:

equiniphile 08-19-2011 05:26 PM

Great video. It's hard to find good braiding videos. I thought that button braid were used in eventing, though, but the video shows hunter braids. Is either acceptable?

faye 08-19-2011 06:18 PM

Not quite sure why all the videos I see do that realy strange method with thread that makes it look so fiddely!!
what an absolute faff!!

I always plait with thread, I've never seen anyone here plait the way in those videos.
The way I was taught is a lot less bother, I can plait a horse in 20 mins flat to show ring standard. I find it far easier to plait a fiddley horse or a horse that wont stand with thread. Sewing it up means I have more control of the size and shape of the plaits.

I plait exactly the same way irregardless of what disciplines

This lad takes me generaly 20 mins to plait and no he does not stand still
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...a/P6190126.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...a/P6190172.jpg
This plaiting job took me 20 mins in the back of a moving vehicle
http://www.horseforum.com/horses/pho...2ee15_full.jpg
Allare sewn inbut not using the method bove

Strange 08-19-2011 11:57 PM

I plait the same way faye does. Though I'm not quite as fast. I take about 40 minutes. I'm still perfecting it haha. But waxed thread and a needle is the way to go! I'll have to get some pictures of Ace the next time I braid. He looks fabulous.

wren 08-20-2011 01:15 PM

wow, it takes me forever to braid! i would be a lot less grumpy about it if i was as fast you guys.
i think its great to braid for your mini-trial. My trainer has us braid for almost everything. i guess its just lots of good practice.


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