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December 19, 2022

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Braid Like a Pro- HOLIDAY SPECIAL

“Braiding is a small thing, but all those small things add up to big things.” -Michael R. Matz, 3-time Olympian & Kentucky Derby-Winning Trainer

Do you want to learn a streamline formula for laying down consistently gorgeous braids, made quickly and comfortably? I teach..

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December 09, 2022

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Let's FEEL GREAT

Let’s take the horse' lead and help each other FEEL GREAT this season.  

Lucky Braids offers tons of tips, tools and SAVINGS to help you and yours...

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March 16, 2015

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Emiliano WINS

Emiliano just set horse Anton Radio Formula & rider Jaime Azcarraga up to WIN $1,000,000 at HITS. The groom once sold w/ legendary jumper Jet Run...

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January 28, 2015

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Clinic Report: Learning to Connect

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Chronicle of the Horse blogger Lily Foregger shares lessons from Ruthann's first in the Essentials of Sound Horsemanship Clinic Series...

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January 21, 2015

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Sound Horsemanship Clinic Near Boston Saturday

Sound Horsemanship Clinics

I’m up on the latest greatest! This Saturday I'll expand on winter, soundness, handling, bandaging and braiding information...

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January 14, 2015

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Maintaining Arena Footing

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Heritage Farm's Gerardo Escalera shares best practices for maintaining arenas.  Good footing is pivotal to keeping horses sound. Twenty years running one of the most successful show stables of all time has revealed some surprises...

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October 06, 2014

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Is That Horse Body Clipped??!

Waiting for Scores

YES!!! Freshly clipped and SHINY!!!

I get a lot of questions about Body Clipping. This image was taken last week. The horse had its FIRST CLIP of the fall a week earlier. Does the coat look ruined??? That is great grooming. It's a HIGH COMPLIMENT is when someone asks, “Is that horse clipped?

This horse gets groomed vigorously daily, before and after work.  This keeps the hair fine.  Currying exfoliates and stimulates oils.  Grooming pulls natural protective oils down the hair shafts, to close the end.  That is why this horse does not have the wire brush look.  Instead, he looks like satin!

The Ace of Spades Treatment

Normally, Ace of Spades is bathed once a week, sometimes more often. He also got a soap bath before and after clipping. The barn only uses the shampoo that instead of stripping the coat, actually enhances natural oils: This Lucky Braids shampoo is all you need to achieve that great coat.

This TopTurnout Salute goes out to the great groom Martha Briseno and all of Snowbrook with trainer Kimberly Prince. Their horses are always meticulously managed.

I just love to honor and celebrate EXCELLENCE in HORSEMANSHIP!

~Ruthann