View Full Version : "How to Braid" Article - Please direct me to it!

May. 7, 2010, 11:22 AM
Did a search, and can't find what I'm looking for; at one point of time someone linked to a pretty good article on how to braid... I wanted to take a look at that again to brush up on doing a nice pinwheel (it's been a while). Could someone please help me find it?

May. 7, 2010, 11:35 AM
Did you check the reference forum? Maybe its there.

May. 7, 2010, 12:48 PM
Here is a link to the sewn in braiding info that Robby Johnson did on the eventing forum. Is this the one?


Small Change
May. 7, 2010, 01:33 PM
I have a PDF version of a braiding article (not Robby's step-by-step version). If you'd like to email me, I can send it to you. stephanie.ackland(at)bell.net

Anyplace Farm
May. 7, 2010, 05:12 PM
I have the article that The Chronicle printed some years back. Can PDF it and share when I get back from dinner.

Anyplace Farm
May. 7, 2010, 06:42 PM
Here you go (http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/beautiful-braids-are-within-your-reach). If it doesn't work, go to chronofhorse.com, click on Horse Care, Grooming, then, in the search bar type in, "Beautiful Braids are Within Your Reach". The article, downloadable in PDF format, will pop up.

Anyplace Farm
May. 7, 2010, 07:13 PM
OK, great, that didn't work. It appears their download program isn't working. I tried the link and clicked on the download option and it didn't work. So, I've PDFd my copy of it. I can't post a file here so I will put a link on my blog to the file. Will post here again once it is up.

Anyplace Farm
May. 7, 2010, 07:37 PM
Yeesh - sorry for the drama. OK, here you go. Click here. (http://anyplacefarm.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/how-to-braid-a-horse/)

May. 8, 2010, 12:04 AM
Awesome, Anyplace, thanks!

May. 8, 2010, 01:07 AM
I did an article on my blog about it also: http://thehunterprincess.blogspot.com/2009/09/hunter-braiding.html

The color photos are helpful I think, though I wish I had used some other color of yarn. I think the lucky braids video is great also.

May. 8, 2010, 07:57 AM
THE most important part of a good braid job is to keep the underline of the braids, the bottoms of the braids, absolutely even. That is what creates the lovely line of a row of hunter braids, not the tops.

May. 8, 2010, 09:26 AM
Those articles are great, but does anyone know if there are any good instructional videos out there that show how to braid as well?

May. 9, 2010, 05:32 PM
on youtube - search john the braider. many horse yoga videos but he has several great braiding videos too

and /or pay for the luckybraids dvd

May. 9, 2010, 05:44 PM
very helpful thread! thanks for posting :)

Anyplace Farm
May. 9, 2010, 08:24 PM
on youtube - search john the braider. many horse yoga videos but he has several great braiding videos too

and /or pay for the luckybraids dvd

I braid pretty well - I had a very good braider teach me. Her technique is slightly different than his in terms of the tying off. I love how he gives that last tie that makes the end of the tail disappear - a technique I'd not tried.

For the life of me, I cannot do forelocks the way he does. I know how to french braid but no amount of my skill can do a forelock cleanly. The technique I learned from the COTH article is what helped me do respectable ones.

These (http://anyplacefarm.com/Shammy1.jpg) are the braids of the gal who taught us. And when I say us, it is because me and one of my students learned from her, then we taught all of my other students. Everyone had to braid and they all learned to braid well with a little practice and I mean a little. If you do it a handful of times, you get the hang of it. You even teach yourself tricks to fix screw ups.

A few examples: My braids. (http://anyplacefarm.com/AlyssaBailey17.jpg) Not bad. Another student's braids (http://anyplacefarm.com/CodiMac4.jpg) - and this is on a horse that HATED to have his head touched - his bridle had to be taken apart to get it on. And the best braider (http://anyplacefarm.com/LeahsBraids.jpg) out of all of us. She did phenomenal tails (http://anyplacefarm.com/LeahLincoln2.jpg) - better than the pros, actually. It's no wonder she's in vet school to be a surgeon.

May. 9, 2010, 11:24 PM
Anyplace - thank you, thank you, thank you! That's the one I was looking for! (My copy is... somewhere...)

I did have to leave my computer before you posted it, but that does show that when people say that you just have to practice braiding, that is absolutely correct! I was very out of practice with my pinwheel, so the first one I did for my show was not too hot, but by the fourth time I did it, it was pretty damn good!

Thanks again - I LOVE having that article as a reference!!!