A lot of you wanted to know about the Braideez I added to my yearly stock pile. This is a product I've used for years and strongly support, so I'm more than happy to share my opinion of them.
|baby bobby dressaging in braideez since he began his baby career in 2012.|
Name: Braideez braiding wire
Where can I buy these wonderful things?: Available right here, but there's also a list on the website that shows stores that carry them. Yay, shopping!
I originally found these something like five years ago when they were casually mentioned in a COTH post. I'm useless when it comes to sewing in braids--I've tried thread, and I've tried yarn, but I eventually just went back to rubber bands. Obviously, even well done, those aren't the best option. You might be able to get them looking tidy (not if you're me), but they do a very good job of ripping your horse's mane out when you go to the braids out. The Braideez slide right out with zero fuss or hair shredding.
|taking out braids after dressage last year.|
The Braideez are a coated copper wire that come in four different color options: black, brown, white, and party pack with all the colors. They come in packs of twenty five which might be too few for hunter riders. You guys put like five thousand braids in, right? And then you always want back ups in case you cut one too small for re-use. I only use them for dressage, and I only put ten button braids in, so I've never run out of full sized wires in all the years I've owned these.
|epic christmas braids|
They are reusable. Mine probably look a little less tidy than others because I leave an extra long tail when I trim them up, and that leaves me more excess to have to wrap around the braid, but I'd rather leave them a little longer and know that any wire I pick up I can put into any braid.
So. For those of you with seriously challenged braiding skills--just how easy are they to put in?
Don't worry. I'll show you!
It takes me right around one minute to do each braid. Between sectioning off mane, spritzing a little water or braiding spray in, ten braids take me no longer than fifteen minutes to blow through. Easy peasy.
Now I know there are going to be naysayers out there. I'll admit it. They can look a little sloppy from close up. But keep in mind I'm far from the world's best braider, and I zip through these as quickly as I can. I also keep Bobby's mane pretty short year round just for personal taste, so my buttons aren't as big and dreamy as some are. Check out pictures online of other people's work if you want to see fancy things. Either way, from a distance, they fit right in with the dressage world.
|will model for cookies.|
The Braideez also stay in forever. Before I purchased my infamous Hello Kitty neck cover, I used to braid Bobby the night before and just toss him back in his stall. He loves to nap, so the next morning I might have to pick some shavings or hay out, but the braids were always tight. Let us not forget that I left them in for almost a week after our Christmas photo shoot.
Will they work for long manes? Will they work for your tweaking, overly sensitive horse that hates life and all things, but mostly braiding? Will they tighten up enough for hunter braids?
I don't know honestly. However, the owner of Braideez has very generously agreed to giveaway a pack in the color of a winner's choosing! I'd love to see more blog reviews of these out there, and see how they work on other people's horses. Plus I'd just love to share the love of one of my favorite horse products.
How do you win? Simple! Just leave me a comment on what your braiding routine currently is. Don't braid but would like to try them anyway? No problem. Leave a comment saying what you like about the product. I'll do a random drawing Friday night after 9 p.m. EST, so say words by then.