Still editing photos from over the weekend, but I’m going to have to step on it because I’m heading out of town for a long weekend to go home to North Carolina. Simonista is getting some training rides and a lesson taken by a friend while I spend some quality time with family. The blog won’t go silent though, as I will have some Pin Oak goodness and other posts ready for y’all.
Say what you want about hunter braids, but they are beautiful. Sure, they take a ton of time to do and it’s an expensive (if you can’t do it yourself) and strictly traditional practice… but tradition is a huge part of horse showing.
Seeing a hunter without braids just looks incomplete to me. I’d love to see a time where this returned to the unrated shows.
Braiding isn’t a magic unicorn kind of skill, even though some people are naturally better at it than others. It’s just something that takes careful practice. Seriously – anyone can braid.
I couldn’t braid nearly this well at the moment because I’m out of practice, but with some time I’d be back to passable braids.
For me, part of being an equestrian who shows is carrying horsemanship through to the show ring. Knowing how to braid is part of that for me. Eventers and dressage folks seem really good at this DIY aspect of horse showing… us hunter/jumper folk need to step it up!
What do you think in regards to braiding? I think most of us can agree that they’re pretty, but is it something you’d be interested in learning how to do?
Is it something you wish you’d see at all the shows again… or too much of a hassle? Let’s discuss while we look at the pretties!