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ATA Mare inspection tomorrow--braiding acceptable?

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  • ATA Mare inspection tomorrow--braiding acceptable?

    the website said:

    braiding acceptable.

    That's the same wording the USEA uses under dressage: "white breeches are acceptable".
    though most people would say that ladies should never wear white breeches.

    So, braiding acceptable makes me think that they should arrive unbraided but if you really want to braid you won't be penalized.

    My mare has a great big, long neck that would look super duper in braids.
    The down side is it is going to be hard to braid because it's not prepped and it's too short to pull. The buttons mid neck will be 2 x the size of high and low buttons.

    Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!

  • #2
    Go unbraided
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    • #3
      Absolutely braid


      • #4
        I have never seen a mare presented at any WB registry inspection without being braided and groomed to the hilt. I have not been to ATA approvals since attending a few of their yearly conventions and stallion approvals in the mid 80s, but I cannot imagine that they would discourage braiding.
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        • #5
          They don't discourage braiding, but the rules say 'mares should be presented unbraided' (but if you really want to, you can). And if the braid job is going to look funky, then I say unbraided is the way forward!
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          • Original Poster

            from ATA site:

            braiding acceptable but not necessary

            If I braid I'll make sure it looks outstanding.
            But it's going to be hard and a PITA because of her mane quality and her very long neck.
            Not just 10 braids.

            I do nice sew in buttons and a frenchy in the front.

            Problem is she has such a nice neck and lovely head.
            The braids my make her look even more sharp.

            But I don't want to be a newbie weirdo there with the only mare braided.

            my jobs:
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            • #7
              You do a very beautiful braiding job that I am sure you can do your mare justice, even with a PITA mane Not sure if this helps, but I found this just now when looking up older conversations on this topic:

              "REMEMBER – THE INSPECTOR CAN ONLY SCORE WHAT HE SEES ON THE INSPECTION DAY. Therefore, it is encouraged that you prepare your mare as if you were going to a show."
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              • #8
                Others have much more have ATA Mare inspection experience then I do but I have been to two conventions and two additional mare inspections. I have only ever seen one mare unbraided. I have presented three mares and braided all of them.

                You clearly know how to braid and do a very nice job. I would strongly recommend it


                • #9
                  The answer to your question should be determined by your mare's neck. If it looks better without then don't braid. I have a feeling though that she would look spectacular with braids....

                  You hardly ever see mares at inspections without braids.

                  Good luck!
                  Siegi Belz
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                  • #10
                    Lovely braids!!
                    I *personally* always present mares (and foals also!) with braids, unless there is a strong reason not to.
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                    • #11
                      Definitely braid!!
                      Proud Breeder of Trakehners and Anglo-Trakehners.


                      • Original Poster

                        I braided her! --at the expense of her mane and her lovely raised fancy stitch halter (she had a meltdown in the cross ties when our barn cat came bounding through the stall window).

                        I ruined her mane in order to braid but she's not going out in public anytime soon so it will have plenty of time to grow out and be pulled.

                        The mare inspection went OK. She's in the PSB but her score and where she was placed in the field of mares was slightly insulting. As the judge announced her scores even the crowd gasped so I do feel a bit better knowing that others were disappointed as well.

                        I have stupendous photos which I will post Monday. : )
                        If it were not for this thread I think I would have certainly gone unbraided.
                        Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by purplnurpl View Post
                          The mare inspection went OK. She's in the PSB but her score and where she was placed in the field of mares was slightly insulting. As the judge announced her scores even the crowd gasped so I do feel a bit better knowing that others were disappointed as well.
                          Hi there! I was the woman who gave you a few tips before you showed your mare on the triangle and then chatted with you after the mare inspection was over. Your mare's scores were very good and you should not feel insulted at all. The scores were appropriate and the judges can only judge what they see that day. For example, your mare is in foal and everyone knows that when mares start getting heavy their way of going *can* be altered. However, just because a mare is heavy with foal an inspector cannot assume her movement is different when she is not in foal. Your mare received good scores on her movement but if you think they should be higher perhaps the inspector couldn't see the same thing because of the mare being in foal and they didn't want to push her too much. Again, this is only an example.

                          Nobody gasped at the scores your mare received. The noise you heard from the spectators was a number of people turning to their neighbor to quietly say "Yay" and whisper about how much they liked your mare. They also said how surprised they were that she was a TB because she certainly has more of a WB look than a TB look. Everyone was very complementary of your mare. I'm sorry that you interpreted any noise coming from the spectator area as something negative because it was *exactly* the opposite. We are very glad that you brought your mare out, she is very nice and we are looking forward to seeing her Trakehner foals.

                          If you are an ATA member and get a chance to search the inspection scores results from past inspections you will realize that your mare received quite a good score. It is not very common for a TB mare to score as high as your mare did. You should be proud of her score.
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