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  • Braids or Hunter hair for little kids

    As we gear up to start showing I am wondering about Dd's hair ( of course people only worry about these things in hunter land). She has long hair, but it is super thin and looks awful in braids. Her hunter hair is well done ( by me) and neat and classic to a fault. Will a judge REALLY care if she is not wearing long braids with big bows??? Honestly the STRESS of trying to braid that thin hair and get the bows to stay in is almost worth skipping the horse show!! And I am not kidding! but if they will mark her down because of her traditional hunter hair I will make the attempt. An NO I will not get her hair extensions. She is 5 yrs old.
    Kim
    If you are lucky enough to ride, you are lucky enough.

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    Braids are by no means a requirement. I find it distracting when a little kid has 2 ft of braided hair + 3 ft of multi colored ribbons and bows flying around behind them. When I was little I had too much hair to put up so I had 2 braids with two small, discreet bows and this was just leadline. Hair was ALWAYS up once I started short stirrup.

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    • #3
      Most judges don't care if the hair is up or down.

      Most judges HATE the hair/bow arrangements that cover the rider's number in any way.

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      • #4
        Either way is fine. I have a bunch of little kids this season and I leave it up to the kids/parent which way they'd like to do their hair - and it's about 50/50 braids & bows vs. hunter hair. And if it's braids and bows they want, the moms get to do it themselves - not my forte! I don't think it makes a bit of difference to a judge, so long as either style is done neatly and as MHM said, does not obscure the rider's number.
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        • #5
          hummm... I get ya on the thin braids..(Heck at least your kid has hair!) If you pull it up in hunter hair, does it look like she is bald( As it would on my Lulu?) Of can you see her cute blond hair over her ears? if so, I'd do hunter hair. I sort of think thin braids are silly.... under a helmet anyway. (Love doing Lulu's haiur in them not in helmet though.)

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            Originally posted by Mamy View Post
            hummm... I get ya on the thin braids..(Heck at least your kid has hair!) If you pull it up in hunter hair, does it look like she is bald( As it would on my Lulu?) Of can you see her cute blond hair over her ears? if so, I'd do hunter hair. I sort of think thin braids are silly.... under a helmet anyway. (Love doing Lulu's haiur in them not in helmet though.)
            Yes Sarah has enough hair that she gets the true "hunter hair" look with the hair over the ears. You know how thin Sarahs hair is and her braids look "scraggily" I think I will do the hunter hair!
            Kim
            If you are lucky enough to ride, you are lucky enough.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by hellerkm View Post
              Yes Sarah has enough hair that she gets the true "hunter hair" look with the hair over the ears. You know how thin Sarahs hair is and her braids look "scraggily" I think I will do the hunter hair!
              Another vote for hunter hair. DD has short hair, so braids aren't an option, and I am so not a fan of the huge bows anyhow. If the point is to try to make it look smooth, how do huge bows help that?
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              • #8
                braids are NOT a requirement just very common. and i see plenty of little ones with hunter hair too. it looks a lot neater and less distracting. i HATE it when a kid is young but they're really tall/leggy and they have big floppy braids flying all over the place. it just looks silly !

                go for the hunter hair
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                • #9
                  I do hunter hair for my 6-year-old who has thin hair. She prefers it that way. I think she likes to look like the big girls. Plus she loves wearing a hair net.

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                  • #10
                    Dito the hunter hair. Looks much nicer that way =]

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                    • #11
                      Hunter hair . I hate seeing those big bows that cover up the kids back - small ones I can deal with but those massive ones just don't fit - do the hunter hair. We always did when we were kids - I never had bows nor did my sisters .
                      "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England

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                      • #12
                        Hunter hair.


                        Oh, and for those with kids whose's hair does get braided: please make sure that the bows would fit into a 3" x 3" box, tails/ends included! It looks much more professional - even if we are talking about little kids.

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                        • #13
                          I showed in braids twice when I was little. They were at unrated shows and I did the MiniMiniMini Pre Eq (whatever it was called- it was a walk trot and walk trot pole class lol!). When I moved up to the Beginners (twice around the outside crossrails class), I started hunter hair.

                          I think some people push the braids past when they are appropriate. I personally like them in leadline and MAYBE short stirrup, but I think short stirrup kids look good in hunter hair, too.

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                            Hunter hair it is, plus it takes WAY less time and DD won't be crying before the day even starts, she HATES braids!!!
                            Kim
                            If you are lucky enough to ride, you are lucky enough.

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                            • #15
                              Did someone really suggest you get your 5 year old extensions??? That's wild.


                              I think if I had been showing at 5, I would have thrown a fit over having to wear braids and bows too. I probably would have cut all my hair off, like, "Now whatcha' gonna do? HAHA!"

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                              • #16
                                I wish all of you would tell the kids at Pony Finals that their hair should be up.

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                                  Originally posted by Seven-up View Post
                                  Did someone really suggest you get your 5 year old extensions??? That's wild.


                                  I think if I had been showing at 5, I would have thrown a fit over having to wear braids and bows too. I probably would have cut all my hair off, like, "Now whatcha' gonna do? HAHA!"
                                  ON teh "How to qualify for Devon" thread some one posted that they knew someone who had hair extensions done on their lead line kid LOL! Can you imagine???
                                  I am going with hunter hair. Easier for me and easier on DD,and after I braid two ponies I won't want to braid the kid!
                                  Kim
                                  If you are lucky enough to ride, you are lucky enough.

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                                  • #18
                                    Hunter Hair! Love the fact that my dd swears by her hunter hair. She is the only kid in a sea of big floppy braids who has perfect hunter hair.

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                                      I love it when the trainers think that the ribbon and braids really matter...and they put the 5'6" kid in garters because they think that the judges will pin them better if they look like a young kid in braids and garters! Some even change into the garters for the small and medium ponies and then put on their tall boots on the larges....doesn't all that matters is that they have a good round???
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                                        Originally posted by ponylover2008 View Post
                                        I love it when the trainers think that the ribbon and braids really matter...and they put the 5'6" kid in garters because they think that the judges will pin them better if they look like a young kid in braids and garters! Some even change into the garters for the small and medium ponies and then put on their tall boots on the larges....doesn't all that matters is that they have a good round???
                                        that makes me NUTS!!! I like little kids in braids and bow ( we just don't have enough hair to do it well) but there is a point, like if your kids would NOT go to school like that then it should NOT be in the ring! Trust me my 12 yr old would NEVER want to wear braids she would rather be caught dead! I think the cut off is between 8 and 9 IMHO, of course that is just MHO!
                                        Kim
                                        If you are lucky enough to ride, you are lucky enough.

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