These braids are not just pretty — they once served an important safety function. The latest beauty craze trending right now is all about horses sporting stunning and intricate braids. This practice has actually been around for hundreds of years in the equestrian community.
While the photos of these lovely braids are certainly a sight to behold, they actually have a very functional history. Back when horses were the main form of transportation for soldiers, they used braiding as a way to keep a horse’s hair out of the way as they pulled out their sword or guns. This safety precaution was also a handy way to prevent the horse’s hair from tangling, which would require a lot of time-consuming brushing.
Over the years, braiding became more about showmanship — a way to prove a horse’s prestige. Braiding can still be seen at horse shows today, depending largely on the level of the competition. While some horses will have flowing manes, braiding is thought of as a more polished and traditional look. Of course, there are many variations when it comes to horse grooming, from simple braids to more intricately woven locks. Some styles, like the running braid, are used for horses with thick locks. Others, like the button braid, are woven into the horse’s hair using a needle and thread.
See some of these beautiful styles below:
All photos found on Pinterest.