To ride dressage is to dance with your horse, equal partners in the delicate and sometimes difficult work of creating harmony and beauty.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Braid jobs

Here are some photos that show Russell braided for show. Maybe you can click to biggify to see his braids more clearly.

Boy, I miss that horse!

As I mentioned in the comments to my last post, I've pulled manes short, left them long, and cut them halfway. For me, a little longer is easier. I braid locks, put a rubber mane band at the bottom, then fold them up in half and half again, and wrap another band around the short, now fat braid. Relatively easy in, easy out, and easy to repair a braid if one gets messy. (I leave braids in if I am showing on Friday and Sunday; it's never caused any noticeable damage to my horses manes.)


Theresa said...

And cruel person that I am I roach my boys down in the summer.
Nick especially grows back mane in prodigious amounts along with his tail. The curly manes are a bugger sometimes to pull, so I end up doing what you did with Moe there. Cutting it best I can and I find that length flattering to most horses. Of course the curls usually make it creep up higher but then again, who's going to see them anyway but a few friends and the local wildlife. ;)
The bridle looks beautiful on him too. Which is the favorite?

Michelle said...

Theresa, I like them both and they BOTH look great on Larry/Moe! Thank-you again; as you can see we are making good use of them. :-)