So, I was out at the barn visiting my horse, and my dad was was watching me braid his mane. He suggested since I enjoy braiding so much, why not turn it into a job over the summer since there are so many fancy show barns around and most of the people there hate braiding. It sounds like a good idea, so that's my plan. I just have a few questions.
1) Most of the shows around here are IDCTA Schooling Shows that last from 8 AM to 5 PM. What type of braids should I be prepared for people to request? Button and maybe running braids for the mane and what about the tail? I usually do a simple French braid because that's the way I was taught, but are there other common braids I'm not aware of? I haven't shown in a while. I also know how to do a diamond 'braid'.
2) Should I be prepared to pull a horse's mane at the owner's request, or will they generally take care of that ahead of time?
3) What supplies will I need besides different colored bands for their mane based on mane color and a comb? I know some people use thread and a needle, but I don't know if I'd be comfortable doing that around a horse that isn't my own.
4) I assume I'll be braiding early morning on the days of shows, so the dress code around the barn is a bit higher for riders and trainers. Just being a simple braider, will jeans and a nice t-shirt work, or should I swap it for a polo? Breeches would probably be over kill, right? My dad was offering to make me a t-shirt or something or other that advertises that braiding is what I'm there for so people will come up to me the day of the show as well as making appointments ahead of time.
5) What is a good starting price for my services, considering I'm just starting? By donation, or just a low price to start off?
6) Since this won't be at my own barn, I was going to ask if I could braid horses around the barn to build up a portfolio of pictures (to show the manager), then I was going to take the binder from barn to barn and ask a manager if I can put up flyers advertising. Or should I go about it differently?
7) I forget my other questions, but I can put them in the details. Sorry my questions are always so long.
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Actually, around where I am, there is quite a bit of business for it. I used to have a friend that would go around braiding, but she moved across the country, so she's not really around for me to ask for advice. The show barns around here are rather snooty and the people generally don't like doing more than they have to. Most barns offer grooming services before and after you ride your horse (eliminating any work for the owner...), but the grooming services don't offer braiding. It's just sheer laziness / ignorance.
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