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Would you braid? (Updated with pictures!)

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  • Would you braid? (Updated with pictures!)

    Scenario: kid's first horse show. She's showing in pre-short stirrup or short stirrup. She's asked me if I'd have her pony braided for her since it's her first show but show is schooling show. She just thinks that it's Madison Square Garden. Big deal for the kid and will be about a million pictures taken. Would you braid?
    Last edited by Dirty Little Secret; Apr. 27, 2009, 10:27 AM.
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  • #2
    If you have the time and can, go for it. The photos will be cute, kid will be happy. However, if she needs the mane to grab, maybe not. We don't normally braid for our local circuit shows.
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    • #3
      Yes, especially if it will enhance the pony's neck/head. I'm all for braiding, even at the smallest of schooling shows. I know not everyone agrees with this, but I think that the extra time/effort shows an added degree of respect for the horse, the judge and the rider. Good luck w/the show.


      • #4
        I'm with HunterMom. I would braid if you have time, or if they want to pay extra for that service. If she needs something to hang onto, then no. In circuit shows you rarely see braiding so I don't think it's necessary, but your area may be different.


        • #5
          Hey, what can it hurt if the kidlet wants to go the extra distance at her very first horse show ever.

          Heck, to her is IS Madison Square Garden.

          Best wishes and may she never, ever lose the awe of actually going to a horse show.
          Last edited by findeight; Apr. 23, 2009, 02:05 PM.
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          • #6
            Take your own lunch from home and spend the money on braiding. Those pictures will last a lifetime. I treasure the pictures from my daughters first show and it was a local C beginners class. She won on her little med school pony and that pony was turned out good enough for WEF. Every show is important at that age and the pride shows. GO FOR IT!!!!


            • #7
              I agree it depends. If she needs the mane for holding I would say no. Otherwise why not? She's excited & there's going to be lots of pictures.
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              • #8
                How old is said child? If over 12, I can see my own DM saying, "There's the yarn, knock yourself out."

                But, yes, definitely braid.
                "Go on, Bill — this is no place for a pony."


                • #9
                  If she needs a little mane to grab, just leave a kiddie-fistful sized chunk unbraided down by the withers. For a schooling show that's fine. That's what racetrack grooms do when they braid one of their charges: the jock has to have mane to grab when the horse breaks from the gate.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by findeight View Post

                    Best wishes and may she never, ever lose the awe of actually going to a horse show.
                    ~ Citizens for a Kinder, Gentler COTH...our mantra: Be nice. ~


                    • #11
                      Is the pony saintly at shows or is he liable to toss her out of the tack a bit more than he might at home?

                      I think it would be nice to braid as long as you're comfortable with the child having no mane to grab --
                      "I never mind if an adult uses safety stirrups." GM


                      • #12
                        I have also braided for a schooling show and I'm not a little kid!

                        If you have time, braid. It will make her first show even more special than it already is.
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                        • #13
                          Braid, and even better, let HER have a chunk of the mane to practice braiding on so she has a more active role in her pony's turnout for the show. Good luck to her!
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                          • #14
                            I make all of my students learn to braid. Their first few shows, most look like ratty jobs, but they get the hang of it. When they've braided well (by my standards) three times, they don't have to braid for schooling shows anymore. So there's incentive to learn how to do it properly. Once they start doing rated shows, they can choose to braid themselves or have someone do it. So yes, braiding is great, but if you can teach her to do it on her own, even better.


                            • #15
                              Another fan of braiding here. I always did for schooling and 4-H shows (and did the braiding myself). The only time I didn't was actually at the rated shows where I was showing in what are considered low levels. I also agree with letting her try to do some of it herself.

                              She is obviously excited about this, so don't burst her bubble by saying that the show isn't worthy of that extra step in turnout. Start her out correctly and it will pay off down the road
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                              • #16
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                                • #17
                                  If she doesn't need to grab mane/you have the time/they are willing to pay it certainly will not hurt to braid. It will make the pictures look nice and it will be even more special to her/her family (especially if you tell her how big of a deal to braid it is and all the "big riders" do it)


                                  • #18
                                    Braid if you can. The pictures will be so special. Leave a hand hold if needed. (I am braiding for a schooling show this weekend, I still love braids)


                                    • #19
                                      Braid! Always


                                      • Original Poster

                                        geez- guess I'm braiding. Thought for sure my COTH people would say, don't waste your time... yada yada yada. Guess we all appreciate the pictures after all and the thrill of the first time! My trainer did braid for my shirt show too. And she is awfully cute!
                                        Probably have the braider (or possibly me) come in overnight and braid so it'll be a surprise for her when she gets there!
                                        "are you yawning? You don't ride well enough to yawn...I can yawn, because I ride better than you, Meredith Michael Beerbaum can yawn, you, not so much..." George Morris in Camden, SC