Photo courtesy of Nick Ellis.
Here is some *evolution of braiding.* The style had moved from the rosettes/buttons toward today’s hunter braids.
They shifted numbers from identifying gender to elongating the neck.
The perfectly straight #bottomline to the braids and the visual rhythm of them makes the neck look longer.
When the straight line is pitched so braids are longer toward the poll, than the crest, the horse looks rounder. It closes off the throat latch, too.
The more evolved style of today is optimized. It enhances conformation, making the neck look long and round or flat, whichever you prefer. Braids stay all day, but are redone every day to save the mane and sport top turnout.
After this most delightful photo of Bill Haggard and Bold Minstrel at Devon, the braiding technique advanced. We now can not only achieve that perfect bottomline. We can lay down braids that maintain it all day.
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 LuckyBraids.com, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and her Horsemanship Clinics.
*After testing 350 products, Lucky Braids All-In-One Horse Shampoo was named product of the year by Horse Journal, the “Consumer Reports” of the industry. They also named Lucky Braids Shampoo and Whitener Spray Top Pick for greys and whites. Lucky Braids specialized braiding yarn also got stellar reviews.