Braiding Manes & Tails: A Visual Guide to 30 Basic Braids

Braiding Manes & Tails: A Visual Guide to 30 Basic Braids

by Charni Lewis


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Give your horse a gorgeous look! Charni Lewis provides step-by-step instructions for 30 mane and tail braids for both casual outings and specialized events of all riding styles. Full-color photographs and detailed illustrations bring every twist and turn to life, while also clearly demonstrating proper hand positioning. Get inspired and experiment with a Scalloped mane braid or a Four-Strand Weave for the tail. Not only will your horse look great, the time you spend braiding will help develop that special bond between you and your horse. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580176996
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 02/20/2008
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 517,473
Product dimensions: 9.31(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Charni Lewis is a trainer and instructor at Flintridge Riding Club in Pasadena, California. She is the author of Braiding Manes and Tails and has choreographed, produced, and performed in riding exhibitions all over the world. Lewis lives in Altadena, California.

Table of Contents

Getting Started
* Braiding Tools
* Preparing the Horse
* Detangling the Hair
* Safety While Braiding

Pulling a Mane
* Using a Pulling Comb
* Alternative Methods for Shortening a Mane

Basic Braiding Components
* Three-Strand Braid
* French Braid
* Dutch Braid
* Finishing the Braid
* Tying a Braiding or Square Knot

Maintenance Braids
* Training the Mane to One Side
* Maintaining a Long Mane
* Preserving a Long Tail
* Mud Knot

English Hunter Braids
* Hunter Braids for the Mane and Forelock
* French-Braided Tail with Wrap Finish
* French-Braided Tail with Pinwheel Finish
* Dutch-Braided Tail with Loop Finish

Eventing Knots
* Mane Knots
* Forelock Knots

Dressage Braids
* Banded Mane and Forelock Loops
* Mane and Forelock Buns
* Taped Mane Loops
* French-Braided Mane
* Dutch-Braided Mane
* Diamond-Braided Mane
* Dutch-Braided Tail
* French-Braided Tail

Western Mane Banding
* Mane and Forelock Banding

Draft Horse Braids
* Mane Roll
* Four-Strand Forelock Braid
* Tail Bun

Saddlebred & Tennessee Walking Horse Braids
* Three-Ribbon Mane and Forelock Braids

Fun Braids
* Scalloped Braids
* Fishtail Braid
* Four-Strand Square Braid
* Four-Strand Weave Braid


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Braiding Manes & Tails: A Visual Guide to 30 Basic Braids 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a comprehensive guide for horse lovers of all disciplines. From hunter-jumper, to western pleasure, to gaited show horses; this book has something for everyone. Each section has a step-by-step guide to creating fabulous braids. The writer really focuses on helping you use the right tools and discusses mane/tail preparation. The full-page color illustrations are gorgeous and really help visual learners with correct hand/finger placement. As an added feature, the book has a hole in it that continues through all the pages; that way you can hang the book up on a nail to keep your hands free while braiding. This book is a must have for all riders from children to professional grooms.
ceep More than 1 year ago
Excellent reference book. Easy to use, and understand very useful as I had no idea how to braid manes.
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fb101 More than 1 year ago
The very best instruction on braiding!
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HOrselover123 More than 1 year ago
I love thi book and have used it on horses of all ages and i is a great informiative
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book also has holes in the tops of the pages so you can hang it on a barn nail or post.