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Braiding in the Jumpers... What's In Style?

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  • Braiding in the Jumpers... What's In Style?

    Hey guys, I have a fashion question.
    I don't normally see many people braid for the jumpers, other than for the big classics... but if I was going to braid should I go for the sewn in buttons or hunter braids? Or would I look too out of place/over dressed braided and just stick to a neat mane?
    I don't spend much time at the bigger shows, so I don't really know what's "in" right now.

    Thanks in advance

  • #2
    i admit i think hunter braids look a little funny on a jumper. stick with the sewn-in button braids, the big round ones. i like those a lot, actually, i almost wish hunters and jumpers could trade i think they look cool.
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    • #3
      does anyone have a link to "button braids"? I have always done hunters so I don't know much about Jumper trends. Pictures or how to?

      Thanks too!

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      • #4
        Most people braid button braids for the classics, but some go in the ring with a nice pulled, even mane, which also looks good. Depends on what you want, but if it were me, I'd say braid for the classics. I know I will be this spring/summer.

        Grooming to Win is a great book to learn from. There's a whole section on braiding manes and tails.

        Here is a thread on button braids that was originally in eventing.
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        • #5
          When I see a braided horse at the big shows in the jumpers I think it shows huge respect for the show, for the nation they represent and the grooms who take care of them.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by superpony123 View Post
            i admit i think hunter braids look a little funny on a jumper. stick with the sewn-in button braids, the big round ones. i like those a lot, actually, i almost wish hunters and jumpers could trade i think they look cool.
            Hunter braids are NEVER out of place and make any horse look better. I personally despise button braids (the European type) and refuse to do them.
            Laurie

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            • #7
              I agree, if a horse is braided for jumpers, they're usually in button braids. But what should you do if your horse looks really bad in button braids? For example, I'm hoping to show in the pony jumpers this year with a pony who's neck looks horrible if he's in button braids. They make his neck look really short.

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              • #8
                damecheval, you don't have to braid at all for the jumpers. I didn't braid my horse at all last year, and we did some pretty big classics.
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                • #9
                  I know, but I just like to braid. I'm one of those idiots that thinks it's fun. Plus it makes the pony look even cuter!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by damecheval View Post
                    I agree, if a horse is braided for jumpers, they're usually in button braids. But what should you do if your horse looks really bad in button braids? For example, I'm hoping to show in the pony jumpers this year with a pony who's neck looks horrible if he's in button braids. They make his neck look really short.
                    You will be in a small minority if you braid for the pony jumpers. For that matter, you rarely see braids in the child/adults, even for classics. I think its appropriate to braid for the junior/ a/o classics or other special classes, and anything in the 'open' division other than a Wednesday warm-up, though you never have to.

                    ETA: If you actually want to braid, feel free. Plenty of people will do the lower level jumpers on the same day as an eq division that they braid for- so you won't look out of place in regular braids.

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                    • #11
                      Okay! You guys will have to deal with lots of questions about jumpers from me in the next few months. I've never done them before.

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                      • #12
                        What does look bad is a lot of flying hair - mane on the long side and the rider's pony tail flowing out behind from under the helmet. Some international jumpers go that 'natural' way, but the neatly put together teams look waaaay better. My guess is you'll find the button braids so much quicker to put in you will forego the hunter braids.
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                        • #13
                          I didn't realize that button braids are that much quicker than hunter braids. i guess we'll just wait and see. I might leave his mane unbraided though, because even though I do like to braid, he has a very cute mane! So just another one of those annoying jumper-newbie questions: Do I really need white breeches, or are tan breeches fine too? Sorry to hijack the thread.

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                          • #14
                            What's most common is no braids unless your are doing a big class like the classic, a grand prix or one of the night classes like a jumper stake. In fact, I've VERY rarely seen a lower level jumper braided unless they were doing eq classes, medals, etc. that day.

                            Tan, khaki, etc. breeches are the way to go. White, again, is usually just worn in classics, prix's, etc.

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                            • #15
                              Don't really mean to rain on anyone's parade... BUT, there is no "what's in or out" in the Jumper ring. The competition is completely, 100%, OBJECTIVE.

                              But, as far as what's "Traditional"...Jumpers should NOT be braided unless it's a Grand Prix. AND even then, it's optional. Jumpers require a ride that is focused and effective. Granted, I agree that a well turned out horse and rider DO show respect for the sport, but don't over do it. That's not what Jumpers are about. And, trust me, there will come a day when you will be sorry that you can't grab that hand full of mane...

                              Just my 2 cents.
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Sebastian View Post
                                And, trust me, there will come a day when you will be sorry that you can't grab that hand full of mane...


                                Seb

                                That's the whole reason I never braided for jumpers. In fact, it probably played a part in why I switched to jumpers! Nothing worse than getting a huge jump over an oxer and reaching for the handlebars and getting....nothing!


                                Oh, and put me into the 'button braid haters' club too. I think it's a rare horse who actually looks good in them.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by nlk View Post
                                  does anyone have a link to "button braids"? I have always done hunters so I don't know much about Jumper trends. Pictures or how to?

                                  Thanks too!
                                  I am the opposite - I can do the button braids with absolute ease and have no clue as to how to do the hunter braids - does anyone have a video/instructions?!?!?!. I tried for about 2 hours today to try and do a hunter braid and it just wasn't working (mind you, even the button braids weren't working with my horse apparently making it clear he did not want to be braided. Thankfully tomorrow is only a schooling show so instead I sectioned off his mane and did a "flip ponytail" with each section - it looks kind of neat!).

                                  There are a couple of ways to do the button braids...
                                  1) elastics
                                  2) string
                                  3) mixture of elastics & string

                                  1) Elastics:
                                  a. section off mane as you normally would for braiding
                                  b. pick a section and braid tightly securing with an elastic at the end
                                  c. roll braid up with the elastic closest to the neck (to hide it)
                                  d. "pinch" the braid about halfway down and secure with another elastic

                                  2) String:
                                  a. section off mane as you normally would for braiding
                                  b. tightly braid with the string in and tightly secure at the end
                                  c. take a hook (or needle works too) and from the very top of the braid, bring it down and hook the ends of the string onto it and bring it back through the top
                                  c. secure the braid by tying a knot
                                  d. "pinch" the braid about halfway down and secure with tying the string around it

                                  3) Mixture:
                                  a. section off mane as you normally would for braiding
                                  b. pick a section and braid tightly and secure at the bottom with an elastic
                                  c. take a needle & string and from the top of the braid, weave the string through the centre of the braid and tie in a knot at the bottom where the elastic is
                                  d. take a hook and from the very top of the braid, bring it down and hook the ends of the string onto it and bring it back through the top
                                  e. secure the braid by tying a knot
                                  f. "pinch" the braid about halfway down and secure with tying the string around it

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                                  • #18
                                    Hunter braids and lots of them.
                                    Button braids usually look like a European wannabe.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Sebastian View Post
                                      Jumpers require a ride that is focused and effective.
                                      As opposed to...?


                                      If you want to braid, do it right. Big honkin' clumps of hair wrapped in a rubber band ain't it.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Midge View Post
                                        As opposed to...?


                                        If you want to braid, do it right. Big honkin' clumps of hair wrapped in a rubber band ain't it.
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