Growing up, I have always wanted to own a horse. I got interested in it because I used to help my grandfather groom horses for public ceremonies during holidays. My grandfather and I didn’t get paid much for it. But it gave us the creative satisfaction – from dressing up horses down to quarter marking their rumps.
Plaiting is one of the grooming skills that my grandfather and I have perfected in those early years. Keen to know how this is done properly? Read the following tips.
Prepare your plaiting tools – You will need a mane comb, body brush, elastic bands, hair gel, sponge and water.
Wash your horse’s mane – This is best done a few days before your scheduled plaiting. Apply shampoo and conditioner to avoid flyaways.
Position your horse – Choose a spot where you and your horse will be from distraction. Hang a hay net in front of your horse. This will keep him still. Tie him with a quick-release knot. Stand by the side of the neck where the mane is falls.
Brush the mane – Brushing will get rid of the tangles. Once the mane is untangled, comb it gently into sections. Moisten each section with water.
Plait with elastic bands – Plait each section tightly from the top to the bottom. Use an elastic band to secure each plaited section. Fold the plait twice. Use another elastic band to secure it. Repeat the same process all the way down the neck of your horse.
French braid your horse’s forelock – Do this up to your horse’s nose. Fold it under once done and secure using an elastic band.
Plaits are key in making your horse’s mane more presentable. They train the mane to fall on the preferred side. Moreover, they reveal your horse’s beautiful neck and crest.