I'm going to a show this weekend and have to braid my horse myself (usually use a pro). I haven't had a whole lot of practice with braiding but I'm decent enough not to make an embarrassment of my horse and myself.
However, the horse I'm showing has a very sparse forelock. There are maybe 7-10 hairs that are the length of a normal horse's forelock, but the rest of it (not much) is fluffy stuff that doesn't seem much like forelock hair. I want to not break/rip out any forelock at all. Should I try to braid it like usual but with more pieces of yarn, or is there any way I could make a sort of prosthetic forelock braid out of yarn and attach it to his forelock?
My horse just has a poof of fuzz for a forelock. It's very short and fine. When I braided him, I just braided a thin french braid and tucked it in. So basically like normal, but I tied it in with some black yarn a few times to keep tucked up. It didn't look fat and pretty like normal forelocks, but it was neat and tidy.
I rode one horse who actually didn't have enough to braid. I sprayed quick braid and then kind of twisted the hair a bit to keep it neat, then put it in a tiny pony tail, and folded that under and tucked it up underneath. Add a little more spray, and you had to get real close to tell there was no braid.
Ahhh, one of the benefits of dressage: I have a TB who was blessed with about 12 forelock hairs, none even reaching two inches long. during all our show days, I simply ignored those 8 hairs. No one cared, no negative comments, etc.
The last thing on the planet I would ever spend $ on would be forelock extensions - lol.
We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........
My old boy had just fuzz..(still does!) for his forelock and we just had the braider do a spectacular job on the mane and nothing on his forelock! I actually thought it was super cute looking because in our pictures, you could see his earnest effort on his face and then the tiniest tuft of forelock blowing up! I never got any guff for it. It just worked for him!