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Braiding the horse with no forelock

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  • Braiding the horse with no forelock

    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?

  • #2
    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.


    If I were to do this over, I'd braid with more yarn to add some bulk to it. Maybe 2-3 strands instead of just the one.
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    • #3
      I did the top part of the braid and then just tucked the miniature four stranded braid that was my old horses forelock into that. I tried making fake forelock with yarn, but it was a pain to take out.
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      • #4
        If the sparse forelock has enough hair I like to braid in tail hair which comes out just in the normal course of brushing the tail. I collect it, braid it, add it in.

        With my TB, there's not enough hair for that, and it essentially becomes a couple rubber bands around the tiny tuft of hair to attempt to add some bulk, where there's not even enough for a braid.

        I have had multiple no-forelock horses in a row, unfortunately, and am going to enjoy that the three year old actually has a forelock!
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        • #5
          My girl has a bit of a pathetic forelock. I add yarn as needed.

          Another thing I do is her bridle path is a bit longer so I can grab some of the "bridle path" hair and braid that into her forelock.

          I think her braids turn out fairly well....

          although the "after" photo's are always amusing.

          Personally I think braiding a slightly thinner forelock/mane is way easier then a thicker one. I am NOT looking forward to braiding my (just turned) 2 year old. Her forelock is insane now, where the heck did it come from??? Neither parent has hair like this??? (OldenburgxTB)


          • #6
            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.


            • #7
              I believe they make forelock extensions, for future reference.


              • #8
                Originally posted by hunterrider23 View Post
                I believe they make forelock extensions, for future reference.
                They do! http://www.theshowpen.com/Forelock-Extensions-s/60.htm


                • Original Poster

                  Wow, those forelock extensions are a good idea! If I needed to braid more than a couple of times a year I would get one.


                  • #10
                    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.
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                    • #11
                      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!