have all awed at picture-perfect braids.
Most people recognize that some look better than others
without grasping what makes the difference. Behind
the scenes, while most people sleep, the best
braiders twist these secrets into the hair of
winning horses. During decades of braiding
and teaching the craft, I have found there
are common, fundamental misconceptions
about braiding manes. The following
information may surprise you.
most important element of the mane is the bottom line,
not the bump.
The line created by the
braids makes an optical illusion. It is what your eye will
be drawn to instead of any irregularities in the top line of the
Braiding is not only to make the
horse's hair look stylish.
It enhances or compensates for faults in conformation,
important expression of respect for the judge.
correct turnout catches the judge's eye
and earns credibility
braids are not necessarily better.
more important that the braids
and flush to the neck.
If there are too many
they are unstable.
|Your hands should not cramp when you braid!
you use my leverage system between
you will not need to tense up your hands. Braiding
slowly does not mean you'll do better work. The
elite braiders recognize that once you have skill,
going fast makes for better braids. Once
you have a feel, the uniformity of the braids
comes from your rhythm making them. It is not
uncommon for the top braiders to finish a mane
and tail in 45 min
a horse stand still is not just about a moving target.
It teaches the horse to relax. This leads to further successes
the horse is more disciplined and receptive to you on and
its back. Braiding can be relaxing and fun. If you use my
formula you can consistently yield beautiful braids.
It involves quiet, "grounding" time with horses.
Braiding well is rewarding: it will save or make
you money; relieve the stress of finding a
skilled, reliable braider; and give you the
aesthetic advantage in the ring.
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tightly and enjoy!
quotes about braiding...
braid the horses I ride. I think it contributes to our relationship
and translates to success in the ring ....Braiding for me is part of the bigger picture of your horsemanship.
We all try to take care of the horses the best we can. Braiding
is just that added touch
that you put on your whole program of training your horses"
a judge, beautiful braiding indicates to me that you have really
for this competition."
shows respect for the horse. Its a horse sport and the horses come
do think braiding is respect for the judge. We
braid for CDI jogs and it's not
mandatory. We do it as presentation for the judges. We want to give
them the best
presentation we can. We dress up, we put on blazers, its all for
is the icing on the cake"