Do you need to braid your horse for jumper shows?

 I was just wondering if you need to braid your horse for show jumping? Not hunters but jumpers.

You don’t have to, but most people do… I only braid the top part of the tail, and let the rest flow natural and I pull the mane so it is neater in appearance… but that’s just my preference. You can braid all or nothing… which ever you prefer…. there’s not a braid rule.

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  1. ANIMAL EXPERT Says:     May 20th, 2010 at 7:07 pm You don’t have to, but most people do… I only braid the top part of the tail, and let the rest flow natural and I pull the mane so it is neater in appearance… but thats just my preference. You can braid all or nothing… which ever you prefer…. there’s not a braid rule. References :
  2. theshadow01 Says:     May 20th, 2010 at 7:34 pm Most show jumpers do not braid.  Only at the international level will you find riders that braid their jumpers.  At the big shows it costs upwards of $100 to have your horse braided, and it is not a requirement. References : “A” show hunter/jumper groom for 14 years.
  3. allaroundrider Says:     May 20th, 2010 at 7:53 pm yes most of the time it would depend on the show and the judge though  it would probably be better to just braid the horse that way you know that won’t look down on you for braiding and even if it wasn’t necessary your horse looks neat and tidy References :
  4. Megan Says:     October 4th, 2010 at 4:44 pm It is against the rules for a judge to penalize you for being unbraided, even at a USEF rated show. That said, if you choose not to braid, make sure your horse’s mane is clean, short (3-5 in) and tidy and lays on only one side of his neck. If your choose to have your horse braided by a professional, make sure you arrange for it a day or two in advance, and that your braider knows what classes you will be showing in. I believe the going rate is $40 to $50 for the mane and $30 plus for the tail. Most people only braid the tail for classics or large horse shows.
  5. Julia Says:     November 11th, 2012 at 9:01 pm I don’t braid my horse’s mane, so  can have something to grab when jumping. I also braid the top part of the horse’s tail.

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