Braiding Pinned Tails

Braiding Pinned Tails

Pinned Tail

Pinned tails make braiding tricky.

One the rare occasion that a horse resists, or questions braiding by tensing as such, the solution is not to fight. You'll never win. Just relax your hands and wait. Soon the dock will relax.

Other options are to place your wet sponge under the tail or place a rolled a towel under the dock. I have also seen braiders use rulers and crops to hold the tail up. But, I would not recommend using something uncomfortable.

If the equine is the type to resist, they are also more apt to take action. Low impact solutions have always proven most effective for me.

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Ruthann Smith has spent a lifetime studying sound horsemanship- both as a groom for top international horses and as a renowned braider. Quietly twisting manes atop a ladder, she watched and learned in some of the best stables in the world.

As her passion for great grooming grew, Ruthann became focused on researching, collecting and sharing the best practices of the world’s keenest horsemen. Ultimately, Ruthann used her vast experience to develop exceptional equine grooming products to help raise the bar of horsemanship.

The knowledge she dispenses and the products Ruthann developed solve age-old grooming issues. Making quality horse care easier, they have received the highest honors in the equine industry*. Her Lucky Braids for Top Turnout coat care and braiding products are the best, most versatile, cost-effective and easiest solutions available on the market today.

Now Ruthann offers her LOVE, LOVE Guarantee. If not totally thrilled with a product she developed, Ruthann will refund you in full, regardless of where you purchased it.

It’s her life’s mission to empower horses by educating, motivating and equipping their people to be true horsemen. You can access Ruthann’s tips at: The Grooming Resource on, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and her Horsemanship Clinics.

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