Here’s a great tutorial on how to make the fluffier Dutch/German/Swedish/European or whatever name you’ve been forced to call them.
Got such nice comments at shows (Not really on the ones where I was able to get pictures, figures.) on these braids during the summer. Today – sharing a video tutorial on how to make them. It’s in Swedish, but very self-explanatory.
Video by Elenore Simberg. Just like me; a blond, blue-eyed, Swedish dressage rider from the West Coast, with an awesome name. All similarities end there – she’s an elite rider, trainer, competitor, educator, and, well, you get the picture. In September, right before competing at Swedish Breeder’s she won in the National 5-Year Old futurity. At 91%…
It’s too bad my chance of International Working Student has expired 🙂
Here’s the video! Starts after a 30 sec. intro.
The change I’ve made on my own (from another top groom’s video) is to fasten the thread at the braid’s bottom (simply back-sewing it in-out 3 times), by the rubber band.
Time consuming, but helps since my mare shakes her head violently countless times before even making it into the showring, and this can help.
Pro’s with making this type of braid:
- Less total braids to make. Usually you’ll never make 9 of these.
- Less chance of losing mane – braids are loose at top and hairs won’t pull out as easily.
- Comfortable for the horse – no stretchy, tighty-tight feeling along the neck.
- Still look OK if they “loosen up” some.
- Easy (easier) to take out – because stabbing around with scissors around your horse’s neck at the end of a long day should always be made easier.
- Great for young horses with thin necks. The crestier the neck, the better I think it looks with a smaller, tighter braid.
Just because I really wanted to go home – Come along for a simple wintry ride with Elenore in Skåne, Sweden here: