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Button Braiding with Bands?

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  • Button Braiding with Bands?

    I've done button braids for jumpers before with yarn by sewing them in, but my trainer wants me to braid her horses this weekend at an AA show with bands, no yarn. Has anyone done this, and do they stay in? I practiced today and they look good(can't figure out how to get them from my phone to here), but I'm just worried about them staying in because they don't seem super sturdy. How do y'all do them with bands?

  • #2
    I braided once with bands, they certainly didn't look good. But they stayed in for a few hunter (flat) classes. Would certainly prefer yarn any day. Wish I could help you more. Good Luck!


    • #3
      Yes you can, and fairly easily (and neatly)
      Heres a really poor attempt at a diagram:

      And what they look like when done.

      I've not had issues with them popping out, you may have to play with how much mane you take as it does depend on thickness/length as to how big you make them. With the right amount they really shouldn't move at all.


      • #4
        You gotta do them tightly. So, you braid down, put a band at the bottom, fold in half, and then in half again then rubber band it, use two rubber bands. I get compliments on them and they are fairly easy peasy.
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        • #5
          I only ever do them with bands. Braid down, wrap the elastic around a couple times, roll up tightly and band around tightly at the top, they won't move. I always do it with one elastic but many use two or three. A quality set of braiding elastics will go a long way! For black ones I prefer the ones that don't turn that nasty grey colour as soon as you stretch them.
          I'd rather be riding!


          • #6
            Bands are all I use for button braids. I button braided my 6yo for his NEH confo and flat phase and they stayed in great, looked nice, and certainly made his neck look better.
            Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.


            • #7
              A secret about dressage riders: Prissy as the overall image may be, when it comes to braiding - banded button braids are VERY common. My horse does acrobatics at shows and is a disaster with how much he likes to lie down in the stall, rub, etc. Button braids with elastics last us an entire weekend. There is some shavings-picking, but they stay, and doing them with bands is so fast and easy!
              If Kim Kardashian wants to set up a gofundme to purchase the Wu Tang album from Martin Shkreli, guess what people you DON'T HAVE TO DONATE.


              • #8
                All I do for my eventers is button braids with bands, even when I did my first three day last year. Just like with any braids, braiding tightly makes a huge difference. My braids last through a one day event (dressage, show jumping, and xc all in one day) with little trouble, though some braids may come out on xc if the rider grabs mane a lot or the breastplate hits a few.

                I prefer bands because my braid rubbers can get done quickly in the morning, or, if I risk a night before braiding, they are easier to repair than sewn in braids (and they do less damage when they rub banded braids). They are much faster for me, as well, so I don't often have to stay late to get horses braided.

                I wish I was on a computer rather than my phone and I wish I had some pics of the horses I braided a couple of weeks ago! They looked great!


                • #9
                  Button Braids

                  This is all I did growing up. I could put 30-something in my TB's mane and they looked fantastic. The key is to make them small. They stayed in and stayed neater than any of my own (or a pro's) sewn-in/tied in braids. For a jumper, they'd be perfect. I think the sewn-in/tied in do look better on hunters because they lay flat against the neck.


                  • #10
                    So I'm a long time hunter gal and always braid w/ yarn (or pay the pros to do it for me). Anyhow, 2 years ago I had a greenie that I brought to a local dressage show for some mileage and braided him with the bands.

                    I braided all the way to the end of the strand and used an elastic and then rolled it up on itself and hit it with a 2nd elastic. The braids took me about 20minutes, lasted all day and looked pretty good (I thought).



                    • #11
                      event_ryder - can you explain how you roll/secure the braid once you've braided down? Your picture looks great, I just don't get how you do it from the diagram


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by osgoka01 View Post
                        So I'm a long time hunter gal and always braid w/ yarn (or pay the pros to do it for me). Anyhow, 2 years ago I had a greenie that I brought to a local dressage show for some mileage and braided him with the bands.

                        I braided all the way to the end of the strand and used an elastic and then rolled it up on itself and hit it with a 2nd elastic. The braids took me about 20minutes, lasted all day and looked pretty good (I thought).

                        Yep, that's it! They look great!
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by event_ryder View Post
                          Yes you can, and fairly easily (and neatly)
                          Heres a really poor attempt at a diagram:

                          And what they look like when done.

                          Wow, I have to say: those look really good!


                          • #14
                            I'll see if I can get a video clip. Doesn't take long at all (maybe 15min?) to do a mane. Both the little paint and my WB have fairly slender necks so I always do small braids, but if you have something a bit beefier you can make them a bit larger too. It only takes 1 elastic/braid, and basically no time at all to remove yet they stay in very well.


                            • #15
                              I am certainly the last person in the world who should be giving advice on braiding.....lets just say I won't be sharing my pretty pictures.

                              But I can provide a link

                              Also, if you get one that you aren't sure will be secure for some reason (mane, rider, or braider) then just double up on elastics, it helps