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    How long can braids stay in?

    I braided my horses mane , and braided her tail and wraped it how long can it stay in?

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    I wouldn't even leave it in overnight if it is a running braid, button braids, hunter braids etc. Pasture braids in the mane can be left in, but show type ones can get itchy, causing the horse to rub out their mane. Same with the tail. Also, a wrap can cause the circulation to be cut off if left on for more than a short amount of time.
    Edit - if it is below the tailbone you can leave it for longer.

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    If braiding your horses mane or tail, a general rule of thumb is three days, no longer for horizontal braids in mane, but for tail braids BENEATH the tail bone, you can leave that in for a week, if not longer, depends on how your horse tolerates it though. My horse always seems to take her tail braid out lol

    But also, braiding breaks the hairs if done too frequently, so be careful when doing so. If trying to grow his/her tail out, i have seen that taking ONLY the hair directly from the base of the tail bone and braid it. this braid can stay in for a very long time.

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    It really depends on the braid. If it's a running braid, I wouldn't let the horse go unsupervised. Just think, the horse catches his mane on a hook or whatever and you've just lost a big chunk of hair T^T
    If you want to do a traditional braid (not a show braid), I've heard of friesian owners leaving it in for as most as 6 weeks. But, I don't recomended it.
    I'd leave it in for 1 week, 2 at most. try to wash it once a month tho.

    For the tail, as long as it's below the tail bone, you can leave it in for at most as 2 weeks, but again, I recommend 1 week.

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    any show type braids do not leave in at all, unless you are showing...

    but if they are just pasture braids for growing the mane and tail out and
    keeping the tangle-free this is what i do...

    every thursday (so once a week) i unbraid my geldings braids and load
    the hair with detangler before i brush them out, then i put a lil MTG in his
    tail and mane to keep it healthy and help it grow. then i rebraid him and
    baghis tail up until the next thursday. remember to keep up with the braids
    though! if you dont then the braids are pointless.
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    It really depends on the braid. If it's a running braid, I wouldn't let the horse go unsupervised. Just think, the horse catches his mane on a hook or whatever and you've just lost a big chunk of hair T^T
    If you want to do a traditional braid (not a show braid), I've heard of friesian owners leaving it in for as most as 6 weeks. But, I don't recomended it.
    I'd leave it in for 1 week, 2 at most. try to wash it once a month tho.

    For the tail, as long as it's below the tail bone, you can leave it in for at most as 2 weeks, but again, I recommend 1 week.
    sorry, can you explain what you mean by a running braid? is it a braid that runs down the side of the next, like a french braid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceancracker View Post
    sorry, can you explain what you mean by a running braid? is it a braid that runs down the side of the next, like a french braid?


    Running braid. Yes. Like a french braid.

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    Pasture braids, I leave in for at least a week. Honestly, when they start to look really fuzzy, or end up with burrs attached to them, or the eleastic breaks/falls out on it's own, I'll redo that braid. So for me, I'm re-doing a few braids a week. If i have something like 3-4 braids without elastics I'll take the entire mane out, and re-do them.

    My tails are all kept up 24/7. I use the braid & vet wrap method. I will redo them every 2-3months -- which reminds me again, I need to re-do everyones! .......Perhaps tonight.........
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    I regularly leave my gelding's tail braided (below the tail bone and in a tail bag) for one week at a time. One time I left it for two weeks with no ill effects (no excessive hair loss when I unbraided and combed it).

    I don't braid his mane. So no advice there...but I think the folks that do barn braids leave them in for a week as well.

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    I will leave my horse tail up in vetwrap until it looks like it needs to be changed otherwise it stays in for 2-3 months at a time and pasture braid i have seen left in until they look fuzzy then the are redone.

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