This photograph shows a horse with a running braid in their mane. A running braid is an
alternative to traditional braids for horse shows that can be done on horses with a long mane without having to trim the mane. For traditional braids, a horse's mane must be trimmed or pulled to several inches long! But for a running braid the horses mane can actually be several feet long! The longer the mane, the bigger and better looking a running braid looks. A running braid is put into a mane just like a French braid would be done into a woman's hair. But instead of taking more hair with each strand of the braid, you only add hair each time braid on the side facing the crest of the mane. The running braid is acceptable at almost all horse shows, and is actually preferred for some breeds such as Andalusians, Morgans, Arabian horses, and more. We do not pull Bashkir Curly manes, so for dressage competition we use running braid. The running braid can be done tight up against the crest (as this horse's mane is) braided, or allowed to fall several inches down the neck.