For horses that will be competing year-round and need to be in ring-ready condition at all times, full body clipping is a necessity.
In a recent study of 1,326 horses in the UK, 91% of owners reported that their mounts exhibited some sort of regular behaviour problem under saddle.
For supplies, just as with mane braiding you will need a bucket, sponge, scissors, pull-through, 2-12′ and one 3′ length of matching yarn and a stepstool.
If you are willing to put in the time, braiding your own horse is an excellent way to save money and you will have a great sense of accomplishment.
For those who think braiding requires little work, Natalie Gascho’s advice is frank. ‘Make sure you aren’t afraid to work no matter what,’ she cautions.