How to Plait a Horse's Tail
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Kate Baldwin is Laura Bechtolsheimer's head girl. Using a 'Bectholsheimer baby' Kate demonstrates the art of plaiting a tail. She swiftly creates a perfect plait and finishes it off with a neatly stitched loop. The braid creates a very impressive rear-end that would make an impact in any showing ring, out hunting or at a competition! It helps that her well-behaved model has a fabulous full tail to start with! Kate explains her technique to Fiona Price and offers some useful advice.


Female Speaker: Kate we're going to use Bectholsheimer baby, quite Bectholsheimer baby, to demonstrate plaiting a tail. But tell me if you just say she is as you could to plait or pull in by large. Kate: People do both and what Laura prefers here is what she cuts just the couple of inches at the top on either side of the tail to give the appearance of a full tail, but also tidy. Female Speaker: That's really interesting I've never come across that before. Kate: Neither I. Female Speaker: Wow! Kate: Yeah Female Speaker: Okay, but if we are going to plait a tail what's the ideal preparation for the tail before that. Kate: We wants it be clean because obviously when you got to plait it, you don't want to showing up scruff and everything, but also you don't want to see slippers so wash a few days before you want to plait. Female Speaker: No show sheen. Kate: No show sheen, no spray, no, but not enough to. Female Speaker: Alright and tell us what equipment we are going to be using, what we have got done here. Kate: Okay bucket of water, as easy its plait when it damp, a brush to puts the water on. Female Speaker: Okay and cotton threads match the color of the tail. Kate: That's right, and needle and thread I use a knot in the bottom. And that's all ready to go and a band is going to bottom of the plait just to hold it and then scissors and comb. Kate: Excellent and let's go and do then. Female Speaker: Okay we will start by coming through just the top of the tail. Just making sure you got no, no knots. Then you want to make it wet, just shape the excess water of it so you just got it damp but not really soaking. And then I will find to easier to use a stool especially on big horse like this. Take a piece of hair small section from either side and then hold them both in the middle to make one piece. Then another small section either side and then begin your plaiting. So you are just crossing each side over into the middle like what you do with the normal plat. Kate: So if you have any needle and thread is actually, when you get --. Female Speaker: At the end just to finish it. Kate: This looks tricky. Female Speaker: It's always really difficult to start it, but practice makes perfect. When she get, the plait going its okay. Kate: What's about the tension, how important is that? Female Speaker: Restively, you need to restively tie it. Obviously you don't want to fall out you want to try and keep the same tension all the way down otherwise it will look uneven. Then each time just take another little bit hair, don't make your sections too big, otherwise you will end with a big bulky plait. Just keeping housing in very small amounts. Kate: Just with the like french braid isn't it? Female Speaker: Yeah same kind of thing. Kate: One, the method you use four locks. Female Speaker: That's it. Kate: It starts getting a lot easier once you got this much done it's easier to keep all together then. Female Speaker: But you tend to plait on the tail, do you ever plait them might before and bandage it. Kate: Tail I would always plait, just before especially if you go into travel. Then you have got the risk of the tail -- in the lorry and or becoming leaves or something and if they rub the tail with the plait in then you are going to risk. I just get a done of, but still now it's easier then you are going to risk damaging the tail and then pulling the hair out. Female Speaker: So what's you are going your fingers are sort of wobble well to how long duration it takes you to do it. Kate: Probably about ten minutes to do the whole thing. Female Speaker: It's a messy thing, isn't? Kate: No, no its not massive thing. Female Speaker: You probably want to practice before it actually comes to competition. Kate: Definitely, definitely. Female Speaker: But you are going from really right around the side here all sort of not quiet all the way round. Kate: Pretty much all the way round really. Female Speaker: As far as you could finish. Kate: Yeah, otherwise you end up with bits hanging out, good boy. Female Speaker: And off course if the tail, so little bit crazy and probably see on the outside anyway, it's just on the front of the tail rather you can see it on the inside. Kate: That's right Female Speaker: It's easy when it's a big -- easy to grip doesn't it? Kate: Much easier Female Speaker: And plait tidy. Kate: We are almost at the bottom of the tail now it's about three crosses at the way down. So now we start taking the sections from either side or just plait straight down right to the end of the tail. Female Speaker: And when you go down what you are going to do, look back again? Kate: Loop it back up and then so it's in so nice and secure, we are almost at the end and its get smaller and smaller and quiet fitly. You still want to keep it nice and tight and needle and thread and I find it easier with the knots in the bottom and so through and I'm ran him on side. And I run the other side and through again and I just wrapped it round. Female Speaker: Wrap it round. Kate: Wrap it round bend the end over and wrap it round quite a lot. Female Speaker: To feel safe and the things are going to- Kate: Yeah, and then you go in to take your plait up to the top and pop the end up tuck it up in underneath. And then going to go through both pieces of the plait to secure it and sew it through a few times. Be careful you don't get too much cotton showing try keeping it hidden. Female Speaker: So how far you are just going to say just about that. Kate: Together. Female Speaker: And then finish off. Kate: and then finish off. Female Speaker: Just as you would and a pieces of stitching. Kate: Just and then. Female Speaker: Scissors for that. Kate: There we go. Female Speaker: Well done Kate.