Question!

Gather these tools and make your own braiding kit!

 

Much like painting a room or having a killer vacation, the key to successful braiding of your horse is prep and planning.  Same with turning out some awesome braids on your horse.  So - begin with your own amazing braiding kit and then practice a bit at home.  The basic braiding kit will have:

 

  • A mane comb - for pulling the mane to create even thickness and/or to even out the edges.  You can also use a mane comb that has a mark to make sure your braids are all the same width. 
 
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This comb is marked with a braiding elastic so that you can make perfectly even braids. 
 
  • A hair clip - pick one up at your local beauty supply (or swipe your roomie’s) and this will hold the unbraided portion of your horse’s mane off to the side. 

 

  • Mane taming product - I prefer a mousse, it won’t drip down your horse’s neck.  It also makes the mane soft and obedient, not crusty.  These products help with fly aways, and help to hold the braid in place. 

 

  • Yarn - if braiding with yarn is your jam, then have a skien on hand.  Preferably in the same color as your horse’s mane! 

 

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So many colors to get an exact match!  (Or not!)

 

  • Braiding elastics - I suggest having these on hand if you need to do an emergency braid repair in warm up.  You can also do some styles of braiding without yarn!

 

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Braiding elastics are handy to have - and for some horses and braiding styles, you can use these instead of yarn.  

 

  • Pull through - these tools allow you to grab the end of the braid and pull it through the base to tuck up the braid.  

 

  • Seam ripper - to bust through the braid yarn (and elastics if you like) to undo the braids.  Be sure not to poke your horse, or yourself.  

 

  • Scissors - a small pair is needed for trimming yarn. 

 

  • A fanny pack or apron - super to wear as you braid, everything right at hand. 
 
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Stay organized with a container - keeps it all tidy in your trunk!
 
  • Handy container.  Everything should have a home!  A small, lidded container tucks all of your supplies away and keeps you organized.  
 
What's in your braiding kit? 

 

Now it’s time to practice!  What tools are in your braiding kit?