The Mane Event - Braiding Lesson One
 By All That Jazz   •   11th Mar 2012   •   30,781 views   •   24 comments
The dictionary makes it sound so simple. Just take a few strands of hair - or in our case, strands of mane - scramble them together in a few frantic flicks of the wrist, and... Ta-da! An immaculate braid, perfectly put together. Well, let me tell you, it is not that easy. But, with these tutorials, I can hopefully make things a lot easier for you and your horse.

I will start with - in my opinion - the easiest braids to do, then get a little more tough as the articles progress. Think of this one as a warm-up that will get you ready for the next one.

Maintenance Braid

Horse Maintenance Braid

Okay, so the first braid youíll learn is called the Maintenance Braid, and it is just that. A braid meant to keep you horseís mane tangle and dirt free. It is mostly used for horses with longer manes, but thereís no reason you couldnít use the Maintenance Braid on a short mane.

Youíll want to start this one out with a completely combed out mane, that is clean and dry. Take a section of mane - a few inches is good - and do a regular braid all the way down. If you donít know how to do a regular braid, itís very easy!

Split a section of mane into three smaller sections. Take the far right section and put it over the middle section. This makes that far right section the middle, and vice versa. Now take the far left section and put it over the middle (which used to be the right). Now the far left is the middle!

If it gets confusing, practice on your own hair. In no time at all, youíll have the pattern in your fingers.

Decorative Horse Braiding

Now, continue the pattern by grabbing the far right section, making it the middle, then taking the far left and making that one the middle. Just repeat those three simple steps until you reach the end of hair/mane. See? Easy!

Okay! For the Maintenance Braid, do 5 or 6 strands of braids... Or however many braids it may take to use up all the mane from the poll to the withers, and secure them with rubber braiding bands. Traditionally, you use the same color bands as your horseís mane, but it doesnít matter for the Maintenance Braid because theyíre not showing braids.

You should be done now! If your horse is sporting this convenient braid for the first time, check your horse the next day to see if he has rubbed them out or not. If he hasnít, it should be safe to leave them in for a week or so before you take them out again. Donít leave them in for long periods at a time, though!

Now for feedback: Tell me if you thought the description was easier to understand, or if the picture and diagram helped you the most. Or, just let me know if you thought the whole thing was just too confusing! Feel free to be honest! Iíd love to make the tutorials easier for you, so feedback is very much appreciated.

Good luck, and comment or message me with any questions you may have!

Decorative Horse Braiding
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Cruisin Past Curfew  
Great article!
  Mar 11, 2012  •  27,789 views
Dunns DragonFly Stable  
I'm so glad someone made an article on braiding! Thank you!
  Mar 11, 2012  •  27,788 views
Dark Star  
I cannot braid. I have given up a long time ago, so now I have it worked out - I bathe the horses, my friend braids them (Both of ours at least)
  Mar 11, 2012  •  27,790 views
I know this is funny but, my dad taught me how to braid. xD
  Mar 11, 2012  •  27,789 views
Topthorn Equestri  
This is awesome! I do a little braiding, of course I'm not very good. I think I might enjoy these articles! 2 of my horses manes are pulled for showing, so I do hunter braids for them. But my other 2 have long manes and I always like playing around with different things, keep up the good work!
  Mar 11, 2012  •  28,436 views
Double Spur Ranch  
I can't wait to see more :)
  Mar 11, 2012  •  28,293 views
I love braiding...Derby's mane is long enough to do a running braid now, so I did one yesterday and it looked really good. ^^

You should do a mane and tail maintenance tutorial about brushing, detangling, and conditioning, etc. ^^
  Mar 12, 2012  •  28,420 views
Aah yes braiding. There is nothing (save actually riding) more stressful and frustrating in the "I am going to blow my head off and rip my hair out" kind of way. But for those who can braid (me not included) it is an invaluable tool
  Mar 12, 2012  •  28,364 views
I'm kinda confused on french braiding. Can you make an article on french braiding please? Great job though! I loved reading this.:)
  Mar 12, 2012  •  28,412 views
Polish Arabs  
I love this article! I can't wait to see the next one. I found the picture and diagram easier to understand than the explanation. Its kind of hard for me to follow directions on how to do something without seeing it done firsthand. Maybe you could make videos showing how you do the braid, or find braiding videos to add into the article. Do you think you could also do an article on how to properly pull and shorten a mane? I need to do my gelding's mane this year for shows and I'm not sure really how to do it.
  Mar 12, 2012  •  28,427 views
Polish Arabs  
Also can you do articles on the how to do the different tail braids? I'd love to learn how to do the pinwheel braid!
  Mar 12, 2012  •  28,427 views
This is an awesome article :)
Very useful, I started plaiting (English way to say braiding) on my own hair. Once your used to it, it is so easy, like riding a bike :D
  Mar 12, 2012  •  28,444 views
Rusted Faith  
It was a great article! I'm obsessed with braiding, so I'm looking forward to getting some tips that could help me improve!
  Mar 12, 2012  •  28,772 views
I love braiding my mares mane and tail, great artical!
  Mar 12, 2012  •  28,421 views
This article was great, very well written too! I guess I learnt a simple plait as a child because me and my friends liked to plait each others hair. But then I asked a questions, looked at tutorials and now I know how to do proper show plaits (The little round ones down the neck), running plaits, 'diamond' plaits (it makes diamond shape down the mane), french plaits on the tail and I'm working on the tail plait where it is bundled up like a polo pony's for when I go hunting.
Keep writing these, they're really handy!
  Mar 12, 2012  •  28,421 views
i love this articles
  Mar 13, 2012  •  28,428 views
Makaela Marie  
I do love braiding :3 My poor horses put up with hours of me plaiting, undoing then replaiting their manes and tails all the time xD Lovley article
  Mar 15, 2012  •  28,445 views
Carpe Diem  
Great article. :D
  Mar 17, 2012  •  28,429 views
Deep as Rhubarb  
Nice! I do love braiding manes and tails! :)
  Mar 18, 2012  •  28,426 views
Sapphire Flames  
that's great! thanks for writing this! :)
  Mar 19, 2012  •  28,412 views
Nice article! I love braiding. :)
  Mar 25, 2012  •  28,446 views
Purple BITS  
Great! Can you do tails too?
  Mar 27, 2012  •  28,685 views
I very clever title! And really well written, great instructions, and visuals!
  Mar 27, 2012  •  28,470 views
Carpe Diem  
Dude, I love the name of the articles. It took me a while to get it. xD
It's like MAIN event! xD but MANE for horses because it's a braiding thing! :DD
I'm not the brightest star in the sky... You know that. (:
  Apr 5, 2012  •  28,422 views
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