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    Default A question - why?

    Okay, when I watch the races on TV some horses have their manes frizzy. You can tell it looks like someone has just removed braids at the last minute. Why is that done? Is it for better grip on the mane by the jockey? Do tell...



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    Yes, jocks rip the braids out before they go in the gate. Most people don't bother braiding the whole way down in the first place for that reason. Some people plan to braid and then take them all out beforehand so the whole mane is frizzy because they like the look. Its all personal choice.



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    Doug O'Neill is known for that--Lava Man always seems to run with a "do".

    I 've thought it was dumb looking, but I don't get a vote



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    Quote Originally Posted by Pronzini View Post
    Doug O'Neill is known for that--Lava Man always seems to run with a "do".

    I 've thought it was dumb looking, but I don't get a vote
    I agree. It looks stupid. They should just braid dow 3/4 of the way and leave it alone.



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    Asmussen braids everything all the way down. In the paddock it looks sharp. Once the warm up begins it doesn't really matter since you can't see it up close anyway during the race.
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    I worked for Richard Dutrow Sr... he ran everything curly... I thought it looked silly on the colts... I also pretended I didnt know how to braid when I was asked!



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    Default Hay 2

    I'm the OP. So it's really a fashion thing and doesn't have a purpose? Interesting. Thank you all!



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    Quote Originally Posted by pines4equines View Post
    I'm the OP. So it's really a fashion thing and doesn't have a purpose? Interesting. Thank you all!
    Fashion. A horse with their mane down to the base of their neck can run just as fast as one with braids.



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    On flat racers I would say it's just a fashion thing. On jump racers many race with the braids intact, this is so there is less likehood of the mane getting caught up in the riders hands going over fences, when they are letting the reins out and recollecting them.

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    I think Affirmed always had braids in his races:

    http://www.racehorsebook.com/Affirmed.jpg



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    Quote Originally Posted by ravenclaw View Post
    I think Affirmed always had braids in his races:

    http://www.racehorsebook.com/Affirmed.jpg
    Looks like Cauthen pulled out the lower braids.



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