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KTloveshorses

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Welsh Section D Doing Dressage

 Hello!

So I've entered a small charity show, we are doing a walk trot dressage test (this will be our second!) I have a couple of questions though! As its just a small charity show, im guessing it wouldn't matter if we used our brown numnah, as I know in dressage they usually like white ones? And lastly, I have been practicing my plaiting, I've got her tail sorted, thats all good! But her mane is another matter! I've tried doing the little braids, however i only managed to do five in half an hour, which I figured is not too great! So I've tried doing a running plait all the way along, which looks really good! Appart from the fact that by the time we get to the show, she has managed to pull it all out, so once she's out of the box and I plait her again, it comes out again when we are working in! So I really need your help! I need tips that work very well fast! How does everyone else do running plaits? Photos would be great if possible?

Thanks Katie 

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Rio186

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Rio186 says:

Re: Welsh Section D Doing Dressage

Hey, what I do is:

 

It helps to wet the mane first, then I always separate the mane into (the minimum number of) sections, plait all the sections (tie with a rubber band) and then I start sewing.... I don't know why but that's always faster for me than doing one plait at a time!  Even faster is just using rubber bands (it's never as neat, but hard to tell the difference from a distance!).

 

Hope any of that helps!

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**Haflinger21**

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Re: Welsh Section D Doing Dressage

I have a haflinger and I don't plait him up at all. I suppose it depends how fine your D is and how big her mane is but I have never been marked down for having a flowing mane on an M&M type.  I'd save yourself the stress and leave her Au Natural! :)

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SarahSmith

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SarahSmith says:

Re: Welsh Section D Doing Dressage

I suppose you could always try a little hairspray after sewing??

 

If you can get her to tolerate the noise of the spray.

 

 

Sarah :)

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Kirsten32

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Kirsten32 says:

Re: Welsh Section D Doing Dressage

 I agree, unless you are really fussed leave her as she is.

I do dressage with my Welsh sec D and leave natural. I have as if I was showing her. And really I find that just suits them best. Nu fuss they are beautiful on their own! :) Good Luck

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Fenris

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Fenris says:

Re: Welsh Section D Doing Dressage

 There is no real rule about numnah colour so long as it is basic - brown, black, grey, white etc. Basically anything not ostentatious.

 

Plaiting takes practice - I am still useless at it but improving. I damp the mane before plaiting, which makes it easier. You also get spray and gel to help keep plaits in, so you could try that. Also, don;t wash the mane for a day or so prior unless you will plait directly after washing - ut makes it too fine and slippy. I don;t need to use a running plait, but I am told the best way is to keep it as high on the neck as possible - plaiting it from "above" if you know what I mean.

 

I am not bothered about turnout in general, but I would never go to dressage unplaited - it is considered respectful to the judge to plait.

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Welsh Section D Doing Dressage

I had a lovely Gypsy Cob, flowing Mane, feathers and a tail to die for nearly on the floor, the comments about him doing dressage which he was better at than is owner he loved showing off and enjoyed himself especially with that action from hec Sec D part of his make up (Dales x Sec D Welsh Cob) he just wore normal equiptment and never plaited his mane (try at your peril).

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Welsh Section D Doing Dressage

We regularly have highlands and also a clydesdale competeing at our local venue.  The highlands are just turned out as they would be for a mountain and moorland class i.e. manes in natural state, not pulled or platted.  The clydesdale always draws a lot of attention as he is turned out in traditional clydesdale tail ornaments and has his mane done with the ribbons you would see if he was in a clydesdale showing class.

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dollymix

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dollymix says:

Re: Welsh Section D Doing Dressage

As she is welsh, aand it's unaffliated, I would leave the mane and tail unplaited - it is correct for her type. IMO, better to see a neat, full mane on a native, than one which has been forced into tennis ball sized plaits! lol

I'd think you're also fine to use your brown numnah if that's what you have.  

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KTloveshorses

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Re: Welsh Section D Doing Dressage

Thank you everyone! I will have a go plaiting from above as never really tried that, but if that dosen't go to plan then I guess i'll try making her look presentable without the plaits ;) 

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