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December 28, 2018

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Share Your Experience & Win Product

You’ll help a lot of horses and their people by sharing your experience with Lucky Braids products. Plus, you’ll be eligible to win a Top Turnout Pack. Here's how...

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May 28, 2017

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All-In-One Shampoo

Keep it simple & SAVE.

Lucky Braids All-In-One Shampoo is basically all you'll need.  Yes, ONE PRODUCT is more effective than many, many.
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June 23, 2015

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Tying Up & Yarn Matters For Braiding

Tying Up Horse Braids

 

The visual rhythm of uniform braids comes from a physical rhythm. So, normally I do one stage of the process at a time. That is: braid the ‪‎mane‬ down, pull it all up, finesse the bottomline then tie- lock ’em down. Doing one stage at a time lets you get a good rhythm and feel. Plus, it is easier to get the bottomline perfectly straight, which is the most important part of the ‪‎braid‬ job.

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June 02, 2015

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Clean Tough Old Urine, Manure & Clay Stains Off Horses & Ponies

Shiny Bum

 

Tough ‪#‎ urine‬, ‪#‎ manure‬ or ‪#‎ clay‬ ‪#‎ STAINS‬???  So often I see that deep yellow or red and feel so bad. Why? Because, I can tell they TRIED SO HARD. But, in my experience washing lots with conventional soaps and #horse #shampoos can drive stains deeper. As the hair is stripped and gets dried out, it is more porous and stains lock in. Add typical stain, shine and/or detangling products, and hair discolors even more. Of course, a dirty stall leaves the horse no choice. Nonetheless, that cycle of one perpetual pesky stin can be broken. I promise.

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January 28, 2015

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Clinic Report: Learning to Connect

Sound Horsemanship Clinic 1

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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September 28, 2014

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Grand Prix Riders' Braiding Advantage

“Horsewomen are always several notches above riders....”

                                                                            – Judy Richter 

Two-time American Invitational Winner Molly Ashe Cawley braided Carissimo before their recent double clear. She was brought up to work hard and keep tuned into the horses. Molly's mother, keen horseman Sue Ashe, set her up for success in that way.

When third in the world, Peter Wylde still braided his top horse. It was part of their *program,* when they got in a groove together before a class. I taken care of Peter’s first grand prix horse. Yet later, when I offered to braid for him at United States Equestrian Team Headquarters, he declined. Their routine *worked.* During SEVEN selection trials, he had ONE rail.

Why braiding is important

“Braiding well is part of horsemanship. It is a small part, but those little things add up.” -Michael Matz 4-time Olympian and racehorse trainer
If you know how to braid and manage your time well, it is very relaxing for you and the horse. Thing is, braiding is a bit like salsa dancing. You can braid with all your heart, but that bottomline won't be perfect. You really need to know and execute each step accurately. Then, you can sail! If this seems interesting, whether a beginner or seasoned professional, you’ll up your game with the Lucky Braids DVD/Tool and all-important, specialized BRAIDING YARN, available here.
Guaranteed, or your money back. ~Ruthann
 

Special Mention

Photo credit and THANKS to: Linda Umla. — with Norfield Stables LLC at the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day