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.