How To Braid Draft Horse Mane and Tail for Show

One of the best videos on YouTube for braiding draft horse mans and tales for horse shows. Experienced draft horse carriage driving company with horses used almost daily demonstrates: mane ribbon selection; how to thin manes and tails and correct length; braiding mane for halter or in-hand classes; and braiding mane for harness classes; and braiding docked tails and long tails. Hosted by Midge and Scott Harmon of Meadow Acres Farm for Virginia Draft Horse & Mule Assn., April 2009.


25 Responses to How To Braid Draft Horse Mane and Tail for Show

  1. Anonymous says:

    The tail is done very nicely!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you verry much for posting this here i have been looking all over to find how to do the manes corectly thank you verry much

  3. Anonymous says:

    How long should the material be for the braid, and how long should the mane be to braid it?

  4. Anonymous says:

    how long should the material be?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the instructive demo! Very interesting. I just wish the mane demo had gone on a bit longer…I’m a slow learner :) That horse was a great “model”- he obviously wasn’t worried at all about what she was doing!

  6. Anonymous says:

    and that would be funny because??

  7. Anonymous says:

    anyone hear one of the horses peeing lol

  8. Anonymous says:

    Love to see draft horses that haven’t had their tails docked (which to me is totally unnessary and cruel).

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is awesome! I watched because I’m going to use the mane technique to braid my eventing horse. For cross country I’m going to braid ribbons of our color (Royal Blue) into his mane!

  10. Anonymous says:

    so confusing LOL

  11. Anonymous says:

    bahahahaha! can you imagine if that horse just back kicked her in the gut? OMG O.O

  12. Anonymous says:

    my vaulting club has a belgian mare – these tips should be great ammunition to help me keep them from roaching off her poor mane again.

  13. Anonymous says:

    The MATERIAL USED to make mane rolls is polyester – very washable and forgiving. The nice lady in the green sweatshirt is chewing her gum to beat the band! Hee-Haw!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    What type of fabric is the mane roll?
    How long should it be for my 18.2 hand draft?
    In a four horse hitch we have geldings for headers and mares for wheelers. Should I still leave the mares unbraided? and the geldings braided?

  15. Anonymous says:

    What type of material is the mane roll fabric?

  16. Anonymous says:

    When you say that Geldings have the option, Do they need it done at all?

  17. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen, and read books about this, but it’s always best to see in action. Thank you very much for sharing. :)

    What kind of material is it you used for the braiding?

  18. Anonymous says:

    Im sorry, But there is a better, easier way of braiding a horses main/tail and still make it look nice.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Great video! Clear and consise and easy to follow. Thank you SO MUCH!!!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Wow, Very well explained. I could never get the hang of it till now. Thanks So Much.

  21. Anonymous says:

    oh this video helped out alot :))))

    is there anyway you can teach me how to harness and hitch up too :)
    that would be a blessssinnggg!!

  22. Anonymous says:

    I’m not 100% sure, but I believe draft horses are braided out of tradition – back when horses were hitched for daily work, braiding the mane and tail prevented the hair from getting tangled in the harness and traces, so now it continues from tradition. Like mounting from the left because cavalry soldiers used to wear their sword on the left hip, so they had to swing their right leg over the horses’ back.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Great video. I’ve always wondered how to do this. Someday I hope to own a few draft horses. I also wondered why do they braid the hair of horses?

  24. Anonymous says:

    No. Stallions get mane roll and flowers. Geldings have the option of mane roll and flowers. Generally, mares are not braided at all but are presented with pulled manes and tails as suitable for their breed.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely fantastic demonstration of the roll. I have never had it explained so easily! Do mares get a roll for under saddle?