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I've got pony club ribbon days coming up in which i have to plait up my horse. It will be my first time doing it by myself. I'm going to use elastic bands because its easier. I've been looking it up on youtube and have been rolling them up into button braids, but the end always sticks out.

Can anyone give me any tips, or direct me to a good tutorial?

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To stop the end sticking out -
When you plait down, try trimming the end off (trim it on an angle so you won't get 'chunky mane' after) and then turning it over at the end and securing with a rubber band.
Then when you go to fold it up, make a little hole at the base of the plait, and push the end through from the top. This will hold it in more securely and it will sit neater.

Also, make sure your horse has a well pulled mane - there is nothing more difficult than trying to plait a thick, long, unruly mane!!
 

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there are method of plaiting with thread tbat are very easy an when rolling up far easier than bands. when i get onto a computer later ill do u a walk through
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Whatever you do never cut the end of the hair off you will end up with a rough looking mane!



The mane needs to be no longer than 8" and pulled not cut.

Divide the mane with braids for as many braids as you want.

Plait the first down to the end and then place a band about 3 - 4" on the braid keeping hold of one end, with the band on the braid fold the end hair up once, twist the band over the fold and fold again until all the hair is caught in the band and then you can fold it under to form a button braid.
 

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Whatever you do never cut the end of the hair off you will end up with a rough looking mane!



The mane needs to be no longer than 8" and pulled not cut.

Divide the mane with braids for as many braids as you want.

Plait the first down to the end and then place a band about 3 - 4" on the braid keeping hold of one end, with the band on the braid fold the end hair up once, twist the band over the fold and fold again until all the hair is caught in the band and then you can fold it under to form a button braid.
Not if you plait right to the end of cut a jagged sideways edge :wink: Trust me on that one, I've been plaiting like that for years (and not for pony club levels comps either mind you) and have never had a rough looking mane. It's only a few mm taken off the end, just the scraggly 'loose' hairs that poke out.

But to get the length to plait - yes it needs to be pulled.
 

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Not if you plait right to the end of cut a jagged sideways edge :wink: Trust me on that one, I've been plaiting like that for years (and not for pony club levels comps either mind you) and have never had a rough looking mane. It's only a few mm taken off the end, just the scraggly 'loose' hairs that poke out.

But to get the length to plait - yes it needs to be pulled.
If you have to regularly plait a horse's mane, as I do for Fox Hunting, then a few mms every tie would shorten it considerably over the course of a couple of months, even allowing for hair growth!

I also hate having to many plaits in a mane. Mostly I have nine down a horse's neck so they have a fair amount of hair in them and it would notice.

Folding the end over makes scissors needless.
 

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Its best if you can do them the morning of the comp, they will look neater and your horse will have the night without feeling like it's wearing a tight pony tail!
But if you're competing early in the morning, plait them down the night before and then all you need to do is bobble them in the morning.
 

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there are method of plaiting with thread tbat are very easy an when rolling up far easier than bands. when i get onto a computer later ill do u a walk through
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That would be so good! I really want to use thread they look so much better! it look so confusing though!
 

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agree with kayty 7.30 isnt early. In show season it concider it a late start if I leave the yard after 5am. I often am leaving the yards at 2am!

I would not plait a horse up the night before unless I knew it very very well. I've done it before and come in the morning to find the horse had rubbed all its plaits off. I had to pick the plaits up from the floor and the horse looked like it had been badly hogged

Anyway no stress plaiting witht thread.

1) Plait down as per normal and secure with a band. The trick here is to get it very very tight at the top (if you can stand on a box to get abvoe the horses neck this makes it far easier).

2) thread needle, double it over and put a large knot in the end. push the needle through your plait horizontally just above the band (so the needle is going from side to side not back to front) and pull gently untill your knot reaches the band.

3) fold the end on the plait over and wrap the thread around it 2 to 3 times. then push needle back through the plait to secure it.

4) roll the plait up into a ball then push the needle through from the bottom of the ball to the top of the ball (this is where it becomes important that your plaits are tight). Take the thread round the outside of the plait on the right and push needle from the bottom of the ball to the top, taken thread round the left and push needle from bottom to top of ball.

5) cut needle off thread and tie a knot in it that should be tight enough not to be seen in the plait. cut off any excess thread.

with practice it should get to the point where you can do similar to this in 20 mins and then you can start experimenting with hiding the thread (i.e not going round the outside) and with paliting to suit a horses Conformation (ie cobra plaits and raised plaits)
 

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I might use the thread then:) I will try and do it the morning before but im worried i will panic and then the plaits will look terrible. but i guess i will just practice heaps.
Thankyou:)
 
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