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Plaits or braids in a horse's mane.

Photo: 2010 K. Blocksdorf
Definition: A plait, in British terminology is a braid. Plaiting is traditionally done before hunts and horse shows and keeps the mane neat and out of the way of the rider's hands and the reins. The horse's mane is shortened and thinned, then braided into small braids. Each braid is folded up into a small bundle that is held with thread, yarn or special braiding elastics. If you plait or braid your horse's mane, be sure to remove the braids after the event so your horse is comfortable and the hairs of the mane don't become frayed and broken.
Pronunciation: pl at (at as in cat)
Also Known As: braid

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