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Braiding for a B rated show?

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  • Braiding for a B rated show?

    Hi all, I know this has been asked, I asked it myself for a C rated show... I don't braid for C, I do braid for A... what do I do for B? This will be for a rated division, regular pony hunter. I'm leaning towards braiding, but would love to hear what people generally do.

  • #2
    Depends where you are. I always braided at B shows, but in my area (MD) I was often one of only a handful. In a rated division, personally, I would braid no matter what letter the show carries.
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    • #3
      We usually don't braid for Bs and Cs. That being said, it has been a long while since we've done the ponies. Because of the model classes, I might be more inclined to braid.


      • #4
        Yes, you should braid for any rated division.


        • #5
          Maybe braid the first day, and if no one else braids, don't braid day 2? We usually don't braid for B rated show.


          • #6
            Here, the B shows are quite competitive as far as horse quality goes...just smaller numbers. All the horses in the rated divisions are braided in the summer. The winter shows they are not.


            • #7
              You'll want a neat look going into the ring - always braid for hunters, regardless of what the letter or show is. Even for 4h you should braid your hunter lol.


              • Original Poster

                thanks guys, I don't *think* there is a conformation portion for this show. I am going to have her braided though... it's my dd's first time in the regular ponies and it's a sale pony, might as well have her look her best! Thanks for all your replies!!


                • #9
                  A good turnout is a sign of respect for the judge, the competition & the sport.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by gmbjumper View Post
                    You'll want a neat look going into the ring - always braid for hunters, regardless of what the letter or show is. Even for 4h you should braid your hunter lol.
                    You would stand out if you braided your Hunter at the C shows here (and I'm in arguably the most competitive zone). People just don't do it. A neatly pulled mane is sufficient.


                    • #11
                      I just came from a C in NC and didn't see a single braided horse. Of course, I didn't see them ALL or anything going on in the pony ring.


                      • Original Poster

                        oh yeah we definitely don't braid for C shows, and I have not seen braids at the recent ones... except Warrenton Pony Show... which we will always braid. This is a B show though, I didn't know if it was lumped with C's usually since there is not much difference. But again I think we're err on the side of caution, especially since it's a sale pony, better to look too good, than not good enough Thanks guys!


                        • #13
                          I think of braiding like dressing for an event I haven't attended before- being a bit overdressed is always better than under dressed. I think it shows the judge you take the game seriously..."I came to dance Mother!"
                          I'd braid for sure.
                          Last edited by littlecreek; Jan. 20, 2013, 11:52 PM. Reason: Typing on my G.D. tablet..


                          • #14
                            Yes, braid for B shows.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mayaty02 View Post
                              thanks guys, I don't *think* there is a conformation portion for this show. I am going to have her braided though... it's my dd's first time in the regular ponies and it's a sale pony, might as well have her look her best! Thanks for all your replies!!
                              Especially with this being a sales pony, I think you are making the right call. Good luck to you at the show!
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                              • #16
                                I bet you could email or call someone associated with putting on the show and ask what has been the norm in years past. If even 1/3 of people braid I would since it is a sale horse. Nothing like well done braids to show off the neck in a sales photo.


                                • #17
                                  It is never wrong to show respect for judge by braiding.


                                  • #18
                                    BRAID. No one will look at you funny for braiding when you don't have to, but you WILL get funny looks for not braiding when you should.
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                                    • #19
                                      I would braid for B shows. Ours are quite competitive and while many of them waive show jackets, I still prefer the look of a braided hunter! (although I don't bother braiding the tail for these shows)
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