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Braiding Horse's Mane

Horse Care - Quick & Easy Braiding
You can do it. We show you how!

When you go to an English show, you want your horse to look as good as possible. Braiding your horse’s mane is one way of making him look really sharp. Braiding tidies up a flyaway mane, and shows off a horse’s neck. But don’t think you have to braid for every show. Schooling shows usually don’t require braiding. Find out from the show organizers if you have to braid before you send in your entry fee.

Some people braid with a needle and yarn, but unless you’re going to a really big show, you can do it the easy way—with small rubber bands that you can buy at a tack shop. Braiding with bands looks almost as good as with yarn, and it’s much easier and quicker.

Follow along as Megan braids Starlight’s mane.

1. Here’s the gear you need to braid:

  • Rubber braiding bands that are the same color as your horse’s mane
  • A sponge and clean water
  • A small mane comb
  • A butterfly hair clip
  • Human hair gel
  • Human hair spray
  • A water squirt bottle
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2. First Megan dampens the mane with the sponge and water. Then she puts hair gel on the mane. The hair gel helps to keep the hair in the braid.

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3. Next, Megan separates the mane into sections measuring about an inch wide with a marked mane comb. She secures each section with a white braiding band.

4. Then, starting at the top, she begins braiding each section. Megan braids as tightly as she can so the braids won’t come undone during the show. She uses a butterfly clip to keep the other sections out of the way. She fastens the bottom of the braid with a band.

5. When all of the sections are braided, Megan starts at the top again. She folds the braid under once, then loops it under again so it forms a small, neat button at the top of the mane.

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6. Megan secures the button with a braiding band. Then she moves on to the next section. If the mane is dried out, she uses the squirt bottle to dampen it with water. Try to keep all of the buttons the same size.

7. When Megan is done with the mane and forelock, she sprays each button with hair spray, taking care not to get any in Starlight’s eyes. The hair spray will help keep the braids in place. If any stray hairs stick up, Megan puts hair gel on them and presses them down on the neck so they stay down.



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