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  1. #1
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    Default Easiplait Braiders

    Anyone use these? if so are they ok looking to show in?

    I really cannot braid and if I can 'cheat' with these it would be great!

    I had heard that they look terrible though
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    I bought them as a Tack of the Day item a few years ago. I thought they were horrible looking.

    The good news is practice does make things easier. It used to take me 1.5 hours to braid - now it takes 40 minutes.



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    Horrible in what way? Just bulky
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackSprats Mom View Post
    Horrible in what way? Just bulky
    Yes, bulky and the tacky velvet-type fabric doesn't blend in with the hair like yarn or bands do.



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    I've got those, too, but haven't had to braid for awhile and haven't used them yet. But, I watched the video and they CAN be made to look okay, or I wouldn't have bought them. I, too, am fumble-fingered and don't want to buy a braid job if I don't have to, so I got them for my CWB mare. My PSL mare only needs a French braided mane, and even *I* can do that. I wish a WB could be French braided.



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    My verdict...meh.

    I used them to tidy up my horse for a clinic. One or two fell out by the end so that was embarrassing. The effect on my horse reminded me of the stand-up wired braids of a draft horse.

    I would -never- do a show with these in a mane.



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    I've never seen these before but I have to wonder if they would even meet USEF rules re: decoration in manes?
    Proud COTH lurker since 2001.



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    Speaking of "wired braids", I have some wires that are threaded into the braids in the place of yarn, and they seemed to make the braiding easier. I've forgot what they are called--maybe Braid Wires, duh--but when I go out to feed I'll look at them. They, also, had a video that went with them that look pretty good. Better than the easplaits.

    ETA--Braideez Braiding Wires. There was a thread about them here. And a YouTube video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewNErDpBHgw



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    Quote Originally Posted by threemagicalmares View Post
    ETA--Braideez Braiding Wires. There was a thread about them here. And a YouTube video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewNErDpBHgw
    I watched the video. IMO, rubber bands seem quicker to put on and easier to remove. I found that practice makes perfect. The more practice, the faster you get too. No need for gimicks.



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    But with the wires you can just shape the braid into hunter-style or button-style with a twist. That's what I liked about them, you can change them without having to redo the bands or yarn.



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    Here's a great video on button braiding (not easiplait): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq2aWYcn00I

    I'd say it's worth it to watch this video and practice a few times, and then hopefully you'll feel better about just doing the button braiding. I think that would probably be better than having any Easiplait weirdness go on (like above, where they fell out, and/or looked funky).

    You really can't go wrong with classic button braids, and I think it is just a practice-makes-perfect scenario.



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