Do you want to learn a streamline formula for laying down consistently gorgeous braids, made quickly and comfortably? I teach..
The visual rhythm of uniform braids comes from a physical rhythm. So, normally I do one stage of the process at a time. That is: braid the mane down, pull it all up, finesse the bottomline then tie- lock ’em down. Doing one stage at a time lets you get a good rhythm and feel. Plus, it is easier to get the bottomline perfectly straight, which is the most important part of the braid job.
Tough # urine, # manure or # clay # STAINS??? So often I see that deep yellow or red and feel so bad. Why? Because, I can tell they TRIED SO HARD. But, in my experience washing lots with conventional soaps and #horse #shampoos can drive stains deeper. As the hair is stripped and gets dried out, it is more porous and stains lock in. Add typical stain, shine and/or detangling products, and hair discolors even more. Of course, a dirty stall leaves the horse no choice. Nonetheless, that cycle of one perpetual pesky stin can be broken. I promise.
We call this the PAINTED-ON LOOK. People talk about numbers of braids. A great braider knows what's REALLY important is that the:
This is a topnotch braid job by Jeff Claxton, is yet another way Amanda Steege distinguishes herself and Ashmeadow Farm for *EXCELLENCE IN HORSEMANSHIP.* Consider this another Top Turnout Salute!
If you want to braid like this, lots of tips are posted in the Grooming Resource of this site. Get the formula down and your manes can look like this every time. I suspect this took about 35 minutes. Here's how to learn to braid like a pro.
*This grey is SHINING IN THE DARK for Lucky Braids All-In-One Shampoo.
“Horsewomen are always several notches above riders....”
– Judy Richter
Photo credit and THANKS to: Linda Umla. — with Norfield Stables LLC at the New Albany Classic