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Im new to the whole hunter world. And I'm just so tickled pink with it, I'm trying to learn everything I can. I've had basic English riding skills, and I have recently been taking some hunter lessons. Anyways, my question is: when is it appropiate to braid for a show? I've heard some say always, some say not at schooling shows. Why are your opinions?
Oh and if there's anything else about the showing world that's important for the new kid on the block to learn, let me know!
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I have my students braid for any show that doesn't specifically ask for no braids. We don't go to many schooling shows, so they get lots of braiding practice. I think braiding and dressing well is showing courtesy to the judges and even some clinicians.

While I don't require or even expect braids at my clinics, I do expect clean horse, tack and clothes.
 

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I braid the mane and tail usually for any hunter show, schooling or not, just because I think it looks tidy and is well appreciated when most riders do not braid. If time is short, then I wouldn't braid the mane for little schooling shows. I just recently roached my boy's mane, so it's a joy not having to braid it anymore! Hahahaha. i love braiding his tail though for any kind of show, it just looks tidy and a well braided tail stands out more.
 

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We don't go to many schooling shows, so they get lots of braiding practice.
So if it was a schooling show you wouldn't braid? Oh and thanks for your reply! :D
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I braid the mane and tail usually for any hunter show, schooling or not, just because I think it looks tidy and is well appreciated when most riders do not braid. If time is short, then I wouldn't braid the mane for little schooling shows. I just recently roached my boy's mane, so it's a joy not having to braid it anymore! Hahahaha. i love braiding his tail though for any kind of show, it just looks tidy and a well braided tail stands out more.
Okay thank you! I think i will try my hand at braiding for my schooling shows in the spring. It's good practice!
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I was raised that you always put your and your horses best "foot" and appearance forward first and foremost.
You speak of the "Hunter World"....that means appearance of the horse and rider turnout, period.
Braid, schooling show or not.
At the very least the mane. Neat, correctly done braids, practice till they are perfect, lie flat and straight and hold together.
Tails, definitely for a "R" rated show, even a schooling show is a recognition of the importance you want to exhibit to the show ring and community.

If your prize list says braiding is "optional", braid, then go and see how many show up unbraided and how that horses appearance lacks in looks when put up against a ring of braided horses.

Do remember to take down and apart those braids when done competing as soon as possible.
Do not leave them in indefinitely as they will irritate the horse over time, they will rub and destroy their mane.

You are never "wrong" for presenting yourself as best you can, especially at any show. Done correctly it only enhances the "picture" of elegance.

Enjoy!!

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Just like in the people world- it's better to be overdressed than underdressed!

Braid. It will be great practice for you too, I find it relaxing as well.
 

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Okay! Thanks you guys, I'll start practicing soon. It looks complicated
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So if it was a schooling show you wouldn't braid? Oh and thanks for your reply! :D
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We would braid even for most schooling shows. However, many schooling shows specifically ask you not to braid, or at least discourage it. In those instances it is a bit pretentious to go against their wishes. Ask the show organizer, if in doubt.
 

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Okay thank you!
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