How to Do a Diamond Braid on a Horse

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Items you will need

  • Horse comb

  • Small rubber bands

When competing in a horse show, it’s important for your horse to be clean and to have its mane and tail neatly braided. A tidy mane and tail not only displays the horse at its best, but also shows that you put a lot of time and effort into your horsemanship. Many different braiding styles can be used, depending on the look you want. One of the more lovely, yet playful styles is the diamond braid. This simple braid resembles a net or piece of lace when it is completed correctly.

Comb the horse’s mane so that it all lies smoothly on one side of the neck and there are no knots.

Divide the mane into between 20 and 24 small sections. To do this, start at the top of the neck, near the head, and gather a small section of mane. Wrap a small rubber band around the section, as if you were creating a ponytail. The rubber band should be near the top of the mane, but far enough down that the mane lies flat. Continue working your way down the neck. Try to separate the mane into evenly sized sections.

Hold the first ponytail section in one hand. Separate the next ponytail section into two even pieces. Combine one of these pieces with the complete first ponytail section. Twist a rubber band around this new section, creating a new ponytail. Place the rubber band about 1 and ½ to 2 inches down the section of mane. This creates a gap in the braid, which imparts a lace effect.

Separate the third ponytail section in half. Combine half of this section with the remaining half of the section you used in the previous step. Again, twist a rubber band around this new section, about 1 and ½ to 2 inches down the section. Keep the bands even. If you placed the band about 2 inches down the first section, place it about 2 inches down on the second section.

Work down the mane, separating the ponytail sections in half. Continue creating new ponytails by joining the halves of adjacent sections.

Finish the first row by joining the entire last ponytail section with half of the section that came just before it on the neck, as you did to start the row.

Start a new row, working in the same way. Separate the new second ponytail section in half and join it with the first ponytail. Wrap a rubber band around it. Keep working down the neck. Create as many rows as you like to create a web or net effect.

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