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  1. #1
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    Default How do you do those large rosette-type braids? (maybe called cobra braids?)

    Hello everyone!

    I love the look of the large braids you see a lot on Olympic dressage horses. Any idea how to do it? I've been all over the internet and can't find anything. This may sound silly but would you say it's a "fo paux" to braid like this when you're competing at a lower level? I compete at second level and I think my mare would look lovely in these braids so would like to find out how to do them so I have all winter to get her mane however it needs to be. I've never seen anyone with these braids at lower levels though, so what do you guys think?
    I don't know how to add a picture here or the kind of braids I'm talking about but if you google "Totilas braids" some pictures of what I mean will come up. Thank you!



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    I THINK it's just braided, then you fold the braid in half, roll it up and put a rubber band around it. I used to braid up our racehorses that way because it was super quick and easy, and the braids came out looking very similar.
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    No, that's how you do just regular button braids. I'm talking about these ones: (scroll to very bottom and look at the picture of Totilas) http://ponygoround.blogspot.ca/2011_04_01_archive.html



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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEJXi_sQzv4

    This thread has some discussion and photos... I have yet to try this on the mare, but plan to this weekend.
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    This is the gorgeous Totilas picture: http://lifeandhorses.com/wordpress/w...04/totilas.jpg

    They seem to be a Dutch thing, as I've seen several Dutch riders with similar braid jobs. The keys to the braids are that when you first start braiding the hair you leave the braid a little loose so that the hair will bump-up. And the braids are sewn in.

    I think I've commented on 3 threads about this already. Every time I've looked for a how-to video on it and none to be found... until now, finally a video!!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEJXi_sQzv4



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    PERFECT! Thank you! And that was exactly the picture of Totilas that I was looking at too haha



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    WOW! That is a GREAT video!!! I am impressed by her braids. Now to let my horses manes grow out, start cutting instead of pulling! I am sure they will appreciate that too ;-)
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    My friend helped me do them on my Saddlebred at our last show- at training level. Totally not a faux pas!

    This is my horse with his rosette braids
    https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...04818929_n.jpg

    They were really easy to do, but I don't know if it would work on a short mane. My horse has a natural mane (about the same length as his neck is thick), and fairly thick hair. You just braid a long braid with a big thick chunk of mane, with thread, then pull the entire thing up through the underside of the base of the braid. Then you wrap the braid around the base of the braid like a coil. Then to finish it, you pull the end of the braid back through the underside base of the braid (and I pierced the coiled up braid on the way out), then tie off the yarn.

    my friend was talking about doing some photos of the steps, I should ask her if she did. . . . but they were really easy to put in (hard to take out though!).



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    This style is the more "cobra" braid style.
    The others posted are what the Dutch call "roosjes" (roses)

    http://www.pony-royal.magix.net/alle...dia/82191502/#
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    Quote Originally Posted by honeylips View Post
    This style is the more "cobra" braid style.
    The others posted are what the Dutch call "roosjes" (roses)

    http://www.pony-royal.magix.net/alle...dia/82191502/#
    THAT is cool!! How in the heck do you do that?
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    Default how do they stay in???? saw the video but...

    If they aren't knotted at the end, how do they stay in? For the compulsive among us (me), how would you secure the braid when you are done?
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    Quote Originally Posted by staceyk View Post
    If they aren't knotted at the end, how do they stay in? For the compulsive among us (me), how would you secure the braid when you are done?
    staceyk- I, like you, am compulsive and was thinking that these things wouldn't stay in! However, after seeing this thread last week, I did these braids on my horse at a show this past weekend. They turned out beautifully and didn't budge. I still don't know exactly why they stay so well, but I even had a hard time getting them out! Wish I had taken a photo..



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