Add braiding to your grooming time if you have a few extra minutes. It can be a fun and relaxing bonding moment that benefits the overall health of your horse. Fancy and complicated skills aren't required to get started. The basic three stranded braid helps to prevent tangles/knots, reduces breakage, and keeps the mud damage to a minimum. Loose braids are also a great way to support mane growth if that is your end goal.
Unsure of how to get started? Here is a pdf with written and drawn step by step instructions of the basic three-strand braid and decorative lattice braid to get you going.