When I used to event I always used to braid my horse’s mane with button braids. My horse at the time, Bogie, had a thick neck and the braids just complemented him. Plus, they were quick and easy. I would braid him when we got to the event so he looked neat.
However, the braiding jobs that I’ve come across truly put my efforts to shame! Not that all of them would be appropriate, but they sure are fun to look at.