David McFall R.A. (1919 - 1988)


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1965/3 Horse with plaited mane

Height 17" excluding base


Braiding, or plaiting, was first used on thoroughbreds in the hunt field, to keep the blowing mane from getting tangled in the reins or rider's hands and to show off the horse's neck. Colder-blooded animals had their manes roached. Therefore, braiding came to be a sign of "blood" in the horse, and that he was a fine-quality animal.  Today, braiding is performed to show off the neck, accentuating the top line when the horse is moving or jumping.

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