How to Braid ID MyHorse Tags Into Your Horse's Mane
Throughout these instructions, we will emphasize that there are three passes of the leather strap through the keeper, which is the leather loop that holds the three straps of leather together. On our NEW tags, a white elastic band is included, which fits snuggly under the keeper.
First, remove the strap to access the inserts, which are enclosed in a plastic bag. That bag provides waterproofing for the inserts, so do not throw it away! Fill out the information, place them back in the plastic bag, and re-insert them into the tag.
Feed the strap through the tag with the RED CROSS logo facing you. In other words, the strap is inserted front to back with the FRONT being the Red Cross logo. Next, feed the strap through the leather keeper (and the elastic band if present.)
Now is the time to insert it into your horse’s braid. We suggest a braid of about 2-3 inches wide, depending on how much hair your horse has. It is only necessary to braid 3-5 times. The tag is inserted at the TOP of the first braid, through ONE of the three strands. Buckle the tag and slide the elastic up over all three passes of leather and then slide the keeper over the white elastic.
Be sure the tag is attached to the mane with the Red Cross logo facing out.
For the OLD tags, we recommend adding a rubber band or hair tie over all three pieces of leather, below the leather keeper. It is preferable to have this rubber band already on the tag before you get to this point, or you will have to add it over the large end of the tag.
Using the rubber band on our old tags has kept the tags in place for weeks or months at a time. Typically, we end up rebraiding the mane simply because it has gotten so unkempt… not because the tags have come out. Our horses seem to have no issues whatsoever wearing the tags all of the time.
Our new tags ship with one white elastic in place, and a spare. We anticipate that the elastic will provide the tension needed to keep the tag buckled, but only field testing will prove or disprove that. Please do not hesitate to provide feedback. Also, please reach out if you have any questions!
Congratulations on being proactive and protecting your horse!