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    07-29-2009, 07:21 PM
Professional Braiders

Hey guys. I've always wondered about professional braiding. I know there are some people that hire people to braid their horses for shows and such. I was wondering how much these people charge, and if they get a lot of business? Im good at braiding, and I enjoy it, I know I have to have some more practice (i only fool around with it right now when my horses race and when im putting away horses in the barn) I do have some people at the track that love when I do their horses tails when they race because it looks pretty (not for racing purposes lol). I don't know if people make much of a business out of this, or if its just a hobby...
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    07-29-2009, 07:34 PM
Lots of people have braiding businesses and make tons of money, depending on the area and need for braiding that probably varies though. A woman at my church had a friend who made a couple hundred dollars at each show from braiding jobs. Some people charge around $30 for braiding, some more and some less.
    07-29-2009, 08:08 PM
Cool. Thanks for the reply. I really appreciate it.
    07-29-2009, 08:22 PM
I don't know about any prof. Braiders but if you need practice I suppose I could...err..sacrifice my horse.
    07-29-2009, 08:32 PM
Originally Posted by HorseOfCourse    
I don't know about any prof. Braiders but if you need practice I suppose I could...err..sacrifice my horse.
ok im not THAT bad, I wont massacre it! I have a lovely 16 horses to practice on. Everything from a 2yr old with the biggest thickest mane I've ever seen on a standardbred, to an old horse with practically no mane (wait no, I just roached his...heh....), I have horses that are jittery and hate to stand, ones that kick, etc. so I have about every kind of horse I will probably come across lol. I have one with a pulled mane (he came to us like that, he's a racehorse but the girl was a rider too, so she did it. Everyone makes fun of us for it, he looks horrible with it) but anyone who lives nearby I would gladly practice on... maybe even in exchange with some help learning how to ride? I can drive a horse to hell and back, but I know nothing about riding, and would LOVE to learn. I've only ridden a few racehorses, nothing huge, just little rides here and there to see if they ride.
    07-29-2009, 09:13 PM
It's about 45 or 50 for a mane, with about 30 - 40 braids in it, and 25-30 for a tail. Many braiders charge an expense fee, which can either be per horse, or like a travel charge for coming out for just one horse. Many also give a small discount for a mane and tail combo, which can be anywhere from 65 -75. It's a hard business to get into, and you have to be willing to travel. It can be nice pocket change if you go with your barn to a show and do it for them, that way it's like a working vacation. Even if you think you can braid, you can't, everyone thinks they can braid until they really learn. If you are intereseted, practice, because no one is going to let you leave in ugly braids, and until you are good, ugly braids just get uglier as the night goes on and a horse rubs them or sleeps in them. You are up all night, and it is mighty cold some nights if you really persue it as a career. It's not something you can just walk into, you would need to talk to a local braider and prove you are serious, then they might take some time and give you a horse to practice on while they are working, that way they can look over your work. Learning how to do a decent job can help offset show costs, or horse expenses, without stepping on anyone's teritory, but people get very possesive of their barns.
    07-29-2009, 09:46 PM
Ok well I don't show and I don't plan on showing, I don't have the money for it. All my horses are standardbred racehorses, I've thought about showing but I can't afford it at all. Im not saying im great at it, but, I CAN braid, I've done it. Its just a matter of perfecting it. Im not talking about just walking into it either, im wondering if its worth looking into. If there is no business for braiders, then I wouldnt really bother looking into it much further. Its just something I enjoy doing, I think its fun. Maybe if I get some time tomorrow I will do some braids and take some pictures and post them, then hopefully get some advice, and also display what level of braiding I am at right now but this is if I get some time, by cousin who is in the barn with me rolls his eyes everytime I start and b*tches about how dumb it makes the horses look :roll:
    07-29-2009, 10:29 PM
Buy a skene (sp?) of yarn and wrap it around your hand to elbow when it's held at a right angle. Essentially loop it over and over again, until you have for 100 or more wraps, then hold it in one hand and cut straight across making 100 longish strings of yarn. It doesn't even matter the color but fold it over once and tie a string around it, kinda loose because your going to pull these strings from the middle and add them to your braid. Make the braids small and add some yarn into your braid about halfway, 6-8 twists down, then when you are ready pratice taking one end and loping it around the whole braid and knot it so it ties off the braid. Make your sections even, parts straight, wet the mane throughly, and make sure you grab the same amount of hair as you go down, manes are thicker and require smaller parts in some areas, and larger parts in thinner sections. Try to keep them small but even, so each one looks exactly the same as the last, keep them tight and try to end in the same place on each braid. If you practice that and get really good, another braider might be willing to tie them up and show you how too complete the pakage. It took me about 40 or 50 tries of braiding a horse over and over again for hours before I got a slgihtly acceptable mane. That's hours of standing on a ladder, and that can be more tiresome than the monotony of braiding itself. Be prapered for it to take you up to four hours a horse, but after a while it takes about an hour a horse.
    07-29-2009, 10:51 PM

^-------These are some braids I did for my friend at her last horse show. Just so you know that I'm not trying to give out advice about something I don't know about. That's his butterball but and tail I did also below.

These were just some camera phone pics, I wish I had better ones, but I remembered I had them so I just thought I would share.
    07-30-2009, 07:56 AM
The pics didnt show. And like I said, I know how to do the braids, I have done them, im just perfecting them.... I know how to cut yarn, I know how to braid it in, I know how to loop and tie..... you're not telling me anything new. Like I stated before, I just wondered if there was a real business for it or not.

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