Pro Braiding Rules

Pro Braiding Rules


What else lets you be with horses and make good money with little overhead?? Braiding well offers tremendous FREEDOMS. Regardless of your riding discipline, consider this… I have never needed to work for anyone. I did, when I wanted to learn. HOWEVER, I could always braid. I've been pro since the age of 9.

RULES for Going Pro:

  1. Get GREAT. Your reputation starts out of the gate. You need rhythm and technique to consistently lay down a perfect bottomline. Do your groundwork.
  2. Say NO. If you are good, people will beg you to braid. But, things happen. Plan on glitches. When you don’t have enough time, things cycle negative and long into the future. The ingate goes not wait. Only you will be to blame. Don’t blow it. Just say no.
  3. Be a HORSEMAN, always tuned in and able to read horses to STAY SAFE. Don’t get ahead of yourself on this front. The goal is to send horses to the ring sound and level-headed. Relaxed, they can focus to be successful. When twisting leaves the horse centered and confident, those are #LuckyBraids.

I realize a lot of people try to learn from online videos. HOWEVER, the proof is in the pudding. There is braiding and there is BRAIDING. We are NOT seeing many good braiders. Most braid jobs were NOT up to par. Braiding with all your heart does not do it. You need to know those little push and pulls that make all the difference. GOAL: Maintain that perfect bottomline all day. Make braids sing competence.

Note: it is *easier* to be great. The work is more enjoyable and lucrative. However, you MUST MASTER a proven formula for laying down gorgeous braid jobs quickly, with no cramped hands.

Before making the Lucky Braids how-to braid DVD/Tool, I had been teaching the craft for 15 years. Having determined inclinations, I had figured out how to optimize your learning curve. My system is much like equitation. It is a very specific finger form. Once you have that down, you can successfully tie up any way you want: buttons, rosettes, French, hunter braids, etc. The key is to have accurate finger form for braids that are sturdy and even. Then, that absolutely perfect bottomline can last throughout the day’s activities. Here’s a preview of the level of detail outlined and versatility of what is taught in the DVD/Tool. I’d wager, seasoned or beginner, you’ll learn more than anticipated.

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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.

*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 Top Pick for greys and whites. Lucky Braids specialized braiding yarn also got stellar reviews.