Braiding. Braiding is not something I am familiar with. I currently have five superiors and need two more to get supreme Superior horse or something. Not very many people do this and it is a big goal for me. Unfortunately I need superiors in two more classes and have chosen western riding, in this class you change leads and have to do a pattern and you are judged on not only the lead changes but the timing being in the middle of the cones. For that class I can use bands but in the other class I have to do, the equitation, I need braids. In the EQ you are in an English saddle, breeches, a helmet, and a hunt coat. The breaches are why i dis like this class, they are very similar to yoga pants and i have never enjoyed them. Anther reason why i have enjoyed the EQ is because of the posting. Anyways at the big shows on the day i have the EQ I will have to get my horse banded the days I have western events and braided the days i have English events. A lot of the people I have talked to have said that the people who band really well cant braid very well and vise versa. I ahvent learned how to braid yet but I am hopeing to. Here is a video and a like for step by step instructions. Enjoy!
This past show we went to in Winnona I banded my own horse after a year of my mom telling me how beneficial it would be. The girls who man at the horse shows make a lot of money. Around forty dollars per horse and they do a lot of horses. At the big show they can make six thousand dollars easily. Now you might think that banding would be easy but let me tell you, it is not. They key to banging is to first use the right kind of bands. Different people use different brands of bands and honestly it is up to the bander, different people have different opinions. Things to consider:
1. color- when they stretch out do the still match the color of the horse
2. Strechy ness- you want it so that they don’t break easily and are able to go around about six to eight times
3. Taste- most people keep them in their mouths
I think the easiest way to learn is to practice. I have banded three time in my life and every time it has been better and they bands are always better at the end of the main. It is just like anything else you do you have to work at it. I think to start at to horses head and go down the neck, because it is easier for me. I use a comb and go to the third stick and that is how big i make each band. For me it is easier to switch fingers going from side to side, six to eight times. and when done grab the under hairs and pull causing the mane to lie flat and close to the horses neck. Again the best way to get better is to practice. I also use a clip or bobby pin or hair clasp to keep the hair I am not banding out of the way, this makes it easier band and makes the bands more neat. Something you have to be careful of though is to not grab the hairs from the previous band and band them again. This makes your banding look sloppy and if it happens just pull the hair lose with your fingers. Another big thing is making them straight. You want to try as hard as you can to get them all in a straight row. The tops all being in line. Lastly you want to make sure the for top looks good as well.
Attached is a more in detail how to.
and a video.
As the second term comes to a close the horse show season is kicking off. While i started with horses first term and the topic soon ran dry (I think because of my lack of showing) I am going to pick this topic up again.
This post is going to be about something that is very important. Safety. This past weekend i went to a horse show in Winnona, MN. The first night I was there after practicing I went to go wash my horses tail and white legs ( for Show man ship the next day) and the hose that was attached to the wall was screwed on tightly but incorrectly which caused it to spray water out. This may not seem like a big deal to me at the time but now it is something I will be sure to be careful of in the future. After shampooing his tail I went to go turn off the water and it sprayed out and scared my horse. He reared up and landed on my foot and was really freaked out so he pulled back, pushing all hie weight on his front feet, and on my foot. I have been stepped on many horses before from babies to huge halter horses and it didn’t seem any different. But, it was. When I got back to the hotel after turning off the shower and trying to step out of the shower I could put any weight on my foot without excruciating pain. It also had blown up like a balloon. The picture is bellow. The next morning i couldn’t bear to put any weight on it all and was not able to show. We were going to go to the Doctor but a friend of ours who shows as well was there and looked at it. He said that it was broken in 4 places and that we could go get x-rays but that it would be a waste. He ended up going with my dad to get a boot and wrote me a prescription for the pain. When you think broken foot you think it is going to be really painful but in all honestly it doesn’t really hurt too bad. Ether that or I have gotten used to the pain. The reason I am telling you this story is because people make comments all the time about how dangerous horses are and how they are too big and how you shouldn’t have kids around them You might be thinking, why did she tell me this because it is making me think horses are dangerous. I have another story too. My little sister was playing kick ball in the back yard and broke her arm in three places. When people say horses are dangerous I respond by saying so are cars. So is walking. SO are dogs. In any sport you have the risk of getting hurt no matter if you are dealing with a 1200 pound animal or not. This is a link from Stacy Westfall’s blog. My favorite line is….
“Horses can be dangerous but there are ways that we can make them safer including educating both the horse and the rider and by simply being aware.” Please read and enjoy.