How to Lattice-Plait a Horse's Mane

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The lattice-plait is a braid for securing long horse manes during horse shows. The lattice-plait is most often seen in horse shows and disciplines where it is normal for the horse to have a long mane.The lattice-plait is also referred to as the diamond braid or the continental braid. It is not difficult to lattice-plait the mane, but expect to practice the braid several times before you can create a perfect plait.

Step 1

Prepare the mane by shampooing it, conditioning it and brushing it so it is completely free of knots. Separate the mane into 1 inch wide sections. Place a rubber band around each section approximately 2 inches away from the base of the mane.

Step 2

Divide each of your sections into two new sections, excluding the two end pieces. Starting on the left with the end piece, band each of your sections to the section to its right. Each end piece will be a single section rather than split. You'll place each of these bands approximately 1 to 2 inches below your first rubber band.

Step 3

Bring your original sections back together and use a rubber band to hold them in place, creating a row of diamond-shaped plaits that form a lattice. in the mane at this point in the process. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have successfully braided the entire mane.

Items you will need

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Mane pulling comb
  • Rubber bands that are the same color as your horse's mane

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    Jen Davis has been writing since 2004. She has served as a newspaper reporter and her freelance articles have appeared in magazines such as "Horses Incorporated," "The Paisley Pony" and "Alabama Living." Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in journalism from Berry College in Rome, Ga.