Sturdy Braids

Sturdy Braids

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Here are super sturdy braids with perfect visual rhythm and a clean bottomline. These are sure to endure the day’s activities. They are rock solid and comfy.

On greys, bright white yarn distracts the eye from the bottomline, which is the most important element of braiding manes. You want yarn that is a bit off white. It should also be really strong so you can crank on the braids. Yarn that stretches allows for better finessing of the bottomline. The stretch is also pivotal to braids that sit taut to the neck. Giggling and twisting braids are unnecessary faux pas.

The visual rhythm of the uniformity comes from a physical rhythm. It is like equitation. When your body is in the proper position, it’s easy to balance to the next movement. That is how we can braid quickly, with no cramped hands. Averaging ~35 minutes, on weekends we normally do 12-17 horses a night.

This Top Turnout Salute goes to braider Michelle Price Williams. All her manes look like this.

Everyone’s braids can! If you want to master the finger form and tying technique to consistently braid more beautifully, comfortably and faster, the Lucky Braids DVD/Tool and specialized Braiding Yarn can get you up to speed. They are the only resource, in any medium, to teach you to braid like this. You see each step up close and slowly. It builds and reviews. Different game.

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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.