I’m terrible about not only taking photos but getting photos posted too. You’re in luck today though! Here a few updates on previous posts. Not too long ago I wrote a post about Long Manes and my trials with Tango’s. Well, I’d been doing a well-conditioned running braid for a while but I have recently abandoned it. For whatever reason no matter if it’s a tight or loose braid, it doesn’t end well. She gets it loose and loses a bunch in just a day or two. So, I think I’m going to end up sticking to what made her mane long in the first place, good ole conditioning and leaving it be. (I’ll try this for a bit anyway until I get bored and think I have to do something with it.)
Another photo update I have for you involves my horse show kit. I think I was a bit too ambitious with the idea and quite frankly didn’t really offer anything unique. Well, in my quest to find something cool and pretty to put the kits into I discovered there aren’t really any non-tacky, inexpensive, horsey carrying bags. As, somebody who thinks they can sew, I immediately came up with the idea of horse themed cosmetic bags. Here’s a picture of the constructed but not sewn first attempt. It turned out well and can be customized with hand-embroidery. I’ll be filling them up with some essential horse show items too! What do you think? I’ve already completed this one and have been using it myself. I love it!
Tango’s mane has been growing long and beautiful the last couple of years and for the most part I’ve just let it do its thing. But recently I’ve noticed lots of tangles and knots, so I’ve started putting it up. I had no idea how much work a long, lovely mane could be. For a while I was just putting in a bunch of loose braids after it had been combed and conditioned. This worked OK until this weekend when I noticed that one of the braids must have caught on something and tore. I was kind of upset by this.
So…I went back to the hand-cramping but oh so pretty running braid. I like the running braid but it doesn’t hold up well. Am I doing it right? Do I have to do it every day? I usually let it go, up to two days, before redoing it.
Any body out there with long manes that have any tips or tricks you do to keep a long mane beautiful?
Well, I have more updates on the Horse Show Survival Kit, but I want the input of fellow horse people! What do you think it’s worth? My current list of items included in the kit totals around 57 different products (some of which have multiples). The kit includes everything you need on a show day…and then some. With this kit you can completely do your hair, makeup, and nails. It includes rain gear, sun protection (even sunglasses!) as well as items to combat the dirt and dust you pick up in the show pen. The kit also includes items to really complete you outfit; gloves, a stock pin, two sets of earrings, and two necklace sets. Items like Advil, boot pulls, boot socks, a sewing kit, first aid kit, and a number of other little items round out the kit to make your show day easier and your look more complete! The kit will come in its own plastic container but will include a makeup bag for the cosmetics! Oh and I forgot to mention each kit will be slightly different, many with a color scheme which can coordinate with your show outfit! So, I want to hear…what do you think it’s worth?
With show season rapidly approaching, I’m beginning to get wonder what I’m going to do with Tango’s mane. It’s long and lovely and I really want to keep it that way. She looks so cute with it! On the other hand, I grew up with a horse family that really liked polish and nothing looks nicer than a neatly banded, evenly cut mane. It shows some skill, polish, and that your horse has a really pretty neck. I’m torn. Last year, I showed Tango in halter and a pleasure class with a long mane. It was neatly banded as it would have been short, it looked nice, and really didn’t take any longer. This year, we are going to attempt showmanship and HUS which I don’t think a is appropriate for long manes. Or is it, at least for open shows? I suppose I have up until the night before a show to decide, but then that’s it. Good Bye Mane, see you maybe! I hate that awkward stage between short mane and long mane…just like I hate that stage growing out my own hair.