Whether you’re a professional braider or absolutely struggle to make a simple braid, you can’t help but envy these 10 braided manes.
Braiding is a love-it or hate-it activity. It’s a necessary evil in many show disciplines, and when done by a talented person, can beautifully transform a horse’s appearance. Braiding takes time, patience, and skill, and if you want to master this art, then plan on spending a few years practicing.
At least, if you want to create the type of braided manes below.
These braided manes are breathtaking. They’re literally perfect, and are works of art all in themselves. Clearly the braiders have spent years learning and honing this craft, and the horses they worked on must have been quite patient.
From show braids to parade braids, the braided manes below include all sorts of different styles. Perhaps you’ll pick up some ideas for your next braiding job.
Look at that bling!
Elegant and Classic
Beautiful Running Braid
Plaits and Roses
Braid and Bouquet
Look at that detail!
Beautiful Braid on a Suffolk Punch
Pretty Parade Braid
If you plan on braiding your horse’s mane for a show, then these tips can help you out. First of all, start practicing well ahead of time. Braiding well takes some serious practice and skill. If you can, learn from a talented braider so that you develop a good technique.
Leave yourself plenty of time to actually do the braiding- you don’t want to feel pressured or rushed. Make sure that your horse’s mane is pulled, and avoid conditioning the mane – this will make it slick.
In order to get great braids, portion out your horse’s mane ahead of time so that all of the portions are even. Make sure that you use downward pressure as you braid, and keep the braid tension somewhat tight and even.
If a braid doesn’t come out correctly, don’t worry – you can always do it again. Braiding spray can help to improve your grip on the mane and can result in neater braids. Don’t forget to tame any flyaways, and be prepared to touch up a few braids before you head into the show ring.
Do you braid your horse’s mane? Show us in the comments below!
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