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Do You Ever Leave Braids in Over Night?

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  • Do You Ever Leave Braids in Over Night?

    Do you ever leave braids in over night? Let's say you had afternoon classes one day and morning ones the next, so your horse would be braided for about 24 hours.

    When I was a kid we always took them out at night and rebraided the next day, and I think the professional braid jobs you see today are tighter than what we saw thirty years ago. On one hand that probably makes the braids look better for a longer time but might also make them more uncomfortable for the horse.

    Obviously you couldn't leave them in for a horse who is a terrible rubber who needs to be tied but what about a horse who doesn't seem bothered?

  • #2

    Aside from the issue of the braids looking ratty the second day, why make your horse stand around feeling less comfortable than necessary?!?


    • #3
      I've left them in overnight.

      Sleazy hood on to keep the shavings out. If it's a particularly itchy horse who doesn't like braids by all means take them out. They're not going to look AS good as fresh braids but sometimes you can get away with it.

      Better off to take them out and redo them.


      • #4
        Of course.
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        • #5
          I never have YET, but there's one breed show in particular that I could conceivably go to where the hunters under saddle runs REALLY late at night - if show runs late, class is near midnight - and then the championship is at 10 a.m. the next day. That is certainly a situation where I would at least consider trying it - horsie would get more sleep if he stayed braided (so would I for that matter) - BUT Quattro is such a braid-ripper he'll take his own mane off. So I haven't really worked out yet what to do at that show. So far, we've just plain skipped the show.
          "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


          • #6
            My former trainer/barn manager almost always did her braiding or hired it done the afternoon/evening before a show. Then she'd put a sleazy on them and I don't think she ever had a problem.
            "Reason is, and ought to be, the slave of passions." David Hume


            • #7
              90% of the ponies here that do the A circuit get braided the night before the show (especially if the show in the morning). Obviously the rubbers dont.

              Ive got one guy who is fine with being braided the evening before, he's not a rubber. And yes, we do the A circuit in the core divisions as well (amateur owner or adult amateur depending on the year). He never looks "ratty".

              It just depends on the horse. A lot WILL scratch, and my others I have to braid morning of.


              • #8
                Most don't, I do. My guy doesn't rub on them and they look equally as good the second day as the first.
                My adventures as a working rider



                • #9
                  At my old barn, the majority of horses would get braided everyother day at longer shows (Monday AM put braids in , Tuesday night take out, Wedesday AM put braids in, Thursday PM take out) Bad rubbers or the horses that get sore get them taken out daily and rebraided. Most of the are perfectly fine with this, the ones that aren't let us know. Tails are redone daily.


                  • #10
                    When we were showing WEF consistently back in the day we would only do it for certain horses and certain classes. We had a bunch of confirmation horses back then and never left them in on them. But, some of our children's ponies or Non-Tb's, or Low hunters or what not would get them left in here and there. Especially for those days when there is one stinking class. Of course there are always those horses that it isn't going to work because they rub. I say go for it if it's not a confirmation class or a pony class or something like that and your horse doesn't rub. I mean braiding is pretty expensive man!
                    Friend of bar.ka


                    • #11
                      We used to put Listerine in a spray bottle and spray it on mane & tale braids to keep them from itching at night. Not sure if it really works or not, but I was usually able to get two days out of my braids if the classes were pretty early the next day, so I would think pro braids would have an even better chance!


                      • #12
                        Yes, I will leave braids (or bands if I'm showing western) in overnight. I use a sleazy hood and my horse is not a rubber.


                        • #13
                          I braid the night before and can leave them in for two days, our pony does NOT rub at all and I can braid tight enough that they still look good the second full day! One of the reasons our pony is worth her weight in gold LOL!!!


                          • #14
                            Yes I have.


                            • #15
                              At some of the larger shows, I've seen braiders starting about midnight. So, if your horse didn't get his braids taken out until late afternoon the day before, he's not going all that long without braids.

                              My trainer tries to let the braider know what time his horses are showing the next day so she can schedule accordingly.


                              • #16
                                For most of mine, I leave them in overnight. I have one that will just pitch a fit if you try to leave them in, so he gets braided in the morning, but the others usually get braided the night before, get a bit of gel or hairspray, sleep in a slinky, and look fine the next day. Pretty much everyone at my barn braids the night before. The only time I did morning of for anyone other than my prissy one was Pony Finals and our Canadian year end finals.

                                Last year I had 3 showing and my barn had to be shipped in and the ponies ready to show at 8am at a show that was a 2 hour drive away, so there was only a couple hours difference between braiding them the night before or going out to braid before they ship out. So the 2 who didn't care about their braids would get done the night before, and then I'd do my other one quickly as soon as he got off the trailer at the show - that one's a bit of a diva lol, the less time the braids are in the better. One of the ones I braided at Pony Finals kept his in overnight and I redid maybe 3 of them in the morning and he looked perfectly fine.

                                I braid with wax, I find it stays better overnight and if a couple go askew it's easy to push them back into shape. I always come prepared to redo a few if necessary, but I usually don't need to.


                                • #17
                                  Depends on the horse. Some would get a sleazy and go to bed. But we always took forelock braids out, after one horse rubbed his out entirely and looked ridiculous for months.
                                  "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." ~John Wooden

                                  Phoenix Animal Rescue


                                  • #18
                                    Yes. My old barn where I grew up did for almost everyone. My guy wouldn't rub- but he would mash his braids really hard in manure. So I put a sleazy on him.


                                    • #19
                                      No. It's uncomfortable for the horse, bad for the mane, and makes it very difficult to keep a braider or find a new one. Plus, since most braiders work at night, its longer than 24 hours straight that your horse would be braided for, more like 36. Give him that break between your afternoon class and when they start working again.


                                      • #20
                                        yep, if we are showing late the first day and early the second day....being unbraided for only a couple of hours and spending another 50 bucks just seems silly. My braiders have never had a problem with this.
                                        "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"