From preparation and plaiting to coping with show-day nerves! Share your competitive life experiences here
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I just checked on the BD website and it says there are no rules that say you have to plait your horse for affilated dressage but most people do because it can really improve the judge's first impressions
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The appearance of the horse and rider is all part of the overall picture and makes an initial impression on the judge. I know there are a few judges out there who think it is an insult if the rider does not plait and so I would always make the effort.
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Yeah its no compulsory but I agree it gives a better impression. A judge told ur club in a demo once that he as a judge would be put off seeing a horse not turned out well as it looks like the rider hasnt made any effort. Plaiting helps them to see the neck easier too which they like.
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I think as well as improving the judge's impression , the rider feels more confident if they have done everything they can to look their best. If your horse is all plaited up and smart, you’ve cleaned your tack and polished your competition clothes then you will go to the show feeling more confident. That will help you to give your best performance.
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Yes, that's what I think. I've been practising the really chunky plaits as I think they look fab, but your horse's mane has to be pretty long to start with – and even in length. In fact, my dressage trainer actually admits to taking a pair of scissors to her horse's mane to get that even-ness. Shock horror!
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