Hunter Braids – 10 Bulletproof Tips to Perfect Hunter Braids


Hunter Braids – 10 Bulletproof Tips to Perfect Hunter Braids

  1. Have a mane the correct length. To make perfect hunter braids the mane should be approximately 3 inches long. Pull the horses mane to shorten it. Cutting it will leave blunt ends which do not braid well.
  2. The mane should be clean, but not recently washed. A clean mane is necessary. If however, you have just washed it the hairs will be slippery and under no circumstances use Show Sheen, Cowboy Magic or other hair detangler. This will make the hairs ultra slippery and your hunter braids will not stay put.
  3. Organize all your braiding items in one handy place. Use an apron or belt for easy access while braiding.
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    Have the Mane The Correct Length

  4. Have the correct tools for braiding a mane makes the job easier –
    • mane comb
    • water and sponge
    • hair clip – to keep hair separated neatly
    • elastic bands
    • hair spray, conditioner- be careful of alcohol based sprays at it may cause itching/scratching.
    • hair elastics, yarn, thread for securing the braids
  5. Get a stool high enough for you to reach the horse’s mane without undo strain. Also make sure it a safe and stable object. Standing on a sketchy plastic bucket is not as safe as a wooden platform.
  6. Have your horse comfortable. When standing for long periods of time having a content horse is important. This means have him fed and watered and don’t expect him to stand while the rest of the stable gets their grain.
  7. If your horse is fussy near his head, try starting at the withers. I had a horse which was very sensitive to his mane being pulled and braided. If I started at his ears and worked down he would be tossing his head. But, however, if I started at his withers, by the time I got to his ears, he would be half asleep.
  8. Braid the morning of your show. Over night braids usually look messy.
  9. Take your time and practice before the big show day.
  10. If you can’t do a good job, Hire a professional. They are worth it. What would take you a long time would be done by a professional in half the time and look awesome.
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    Braid The Morning Of The Show

 

About Laura

Laura Kelland-May is the founder of Thistle Ridge Skill Builders Development Program. She more than trains horses, she trains people to train their horses. In addition she is a Sr. Judge and can offer insight into What the Judge Is Looking For. Follow her here and get more tips.
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