Monday, May 28, 2007

Horse Braiding Tip # 6: European Style Plaiting

Here are two instructional videos on how to plait horses manes European style. This style of braiding was developed and seen today predominately in the UK and Great Britain. We wouldn't recommend plaiting for show hunters, but plaiting can be used for dressage shows, at hunts, for eventing, showing jumpers and for breeding shows.

This video demonstrates how to plait using rubber bands and also with a needle and thread. It demonstrates how to do a forelock and remove braids. It is a great start to learn the basic technique, although we wouldn't recommend using the egg whites!! These are not clips from our instructional DVD "One for the Money", as we teach how to braid and prepare hunters, but we thought we would share these videos for all those who inquired about plaiting!

Here is another video on how to plait a horses tail:

We would also like to share a great website with you, for those who can't open the video or are interested in a great picture/text explanation on how to plait: How to Plait

For those interested in more video clips on how to braiding hunters, be sure to check out our instructional braiding DVD "One for the Money". Email to order your copy for $35!


Annie Shaw said...

You wrote: "This style of braiding was developed and seen today predominately in the UK and Great Britain."

Same place - it's full name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. ;)

Lauren M K said...

I love your site! I went out immediately after watching the "plait" videos and attempted to braid my horse...I mainly show western pleasure, and his mane is really short...well, I did it! First time ever, doesnt look great, but it would get me by with the shows that I attend! Thanks for having such a great site!

savana159 said...

I loved these videos! I attempted to make the plaits, and they came out just fine for the schooling shows that I do. Thanks for the instruction on how to amke them!

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Well show season is upon us, how is the braiding going?