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  1. #1
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    Default how much do you pay to have manes and tails braided?

    Hola all!

    So I usually go to the HT and braid if I'm not riding.

    I've been charging 35 bucks for a mane and forelock but I have since been told that I need to increase my rate.
    Should I be charging more than $35?
    heres my work: (though it's more normal for me to do 8-12 braids. I use the length of my comb to measure the sections)
    http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p...om/braids2.jpg


    Also, I just had a large group ask for manes + tails.
    I've only toyed with tails. And I have to say that the majority of tails I have seen done at HTs really suck...my goofing around dishes out a better outcome so I think I can be fluent in tail before the next HT...

    What is the going rate for a tail?
    Also, do eventers do the end up in a pinwheel the way hunters do?

    Any pics of tails would be great. I don't know proper tail protocol.
    Last edited by purplnurpl; Oct. 4, 2012 at 03:12 PM.
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    I wouldn't pay more than $35 for eventing/jumper/dressage braids. I've paid from $40-$55 for hunter braids, and that's for 30-40 braids. I would not pay that much for 8-12 braids.

    Fee for tails (at hunter shows) was pretty standard fee of $35.
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    (yes, I opened this thinking it was a joke )
    I'm no use at all on the $, but for resources, if you can scare up Grooming to Win, she's got a great section on tails - pinwheels and everything. I love a good tail braid but haven't seen any at events.



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    My trainer, who is also active in hunter land on her event horses , braids her horses' tails.

    I have no idea what a good going rate would be for a tail, but here are some pics I dug up off our farm's website:

    From the back:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/1038357...92445124919954

    From the side:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/1038357...92450815521602



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    Here's a picture of a tail with a wrap around instead of pinwheel. I think the pinwheels look way better, but this was my first time braiding a tail and I didn't know how to do a pinwheels. Tails are really quick and a lot easier than manes. This first attempt looked really crappy, but you can't tell from a distance.

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...4&l=de7883ba45
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Grey_hunter View Post
    I wouldn't pay more than $35 for eventing/jumper/dressage braids. I've paid from $40-$55 for hunter braids, and that's for 30-40 braids. I would not pay that much for 8-12 braids.

    Fee for tails (at hunter shows) was pretty standard fee of $35.
    I'll have to go practice some tail braids. They may not take a long but I think they are harder on the hands/fingers because you never get a break.
    And for me...I think the tail may be a little painful as I suffer from a chronic sprained finger.

    I just wanted some videos on how to finish with pinwheels and wrap arounds. I think the pinwheel is quite stylish.

    I might be able to whip out mane/forelock/tail in an hour or so.

    Not sure if I would want to offer a teeny discount for mane and tail both. hmmm..
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    BGH - your "crappy" tail is 100x better than any of the braids I've seen at events! I'm impressed!



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    35$-40$ is fair for dressage/sport braids. While I have never paid for them, I have heard of my trainer's groom charging 50$-60$ for hunter braids (and she is GOOD). I've only seen one tail done at an event before. Although it was well done, I prefer a natural tail.

    Out of curiosity, how do you go about doing braids at trials? Do you just walk around asking people if they'd like it done? I've never had anyone come up and ask me, before. If they did, I'd probably just say, "PLEASE DO IT."



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    Quote Originally Posted by HorsePlayyy View Post
    35$-40$ is fair for dressage/sport braids. While I have never paid for them, I have heard of my trainer's groom charging 50$-60$ for hunter braids (and she is GOOD). I've only seen one tail done at an event before. Although it was well done, I prefer a natural tail.

    Out of curiosity, how do you go about doing braids at trials? Do you just walk around asking people if they'd like it done? I've never had anyone come up and ask me, before. If they did, I'd probably just say, "PLEASE DO IT."
    I put up a sign if needed.
    Though I have yet to need to do it!
    Usually it's just word of mouth.

    I'm quite involved with the Adult Riders Group so I usually send the distribution list an email reminding everyone to snag me quick before I fill up. I usually do have to turn people away because my fingers can only do so many.
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    I braid at shows when I have time. I usually charge $35-40. Sometimes I put up signs. But a lot of times it is by people walking by the stall while I am braiding and asking me if I braid. Or just being somewhere like at the stable office, concession stand, etc and someone asking if there is a braider, etc around. You know--some poor mother desparate to get her daughter's horse braided. Since I am usually competing, or have a horse competing, I just check to be sure the times don't conflict.

    3 "funny" stories.
    I had a check bounce once. From a doctor of all things. They made it good at the next show, and paid my bank fee too. (lesson learned: get contact info if they write a check, or get cash)
    Most people will give you a tip. The only time I have not gotten a tip was from a pro I braided for. And it was a difficult horse to braid to boot. I didn't even get a thank you when the next morning the braids were still in just as I told her they would be--she was sure they wouldn't be even though I told her I have never had a braid come out (and the horse had a slinky on to boot) and that if one was out, to call me and I would come fix it. However, at the next show when I saw her she did make a point to "apologize" to me that she wouldn't need me to braid since her usual person was at the show. I replied that it wasn't a problem. And trust me, it wasn't!
    I drove to a show to braid for some friends. I wasn't showing and didn't have a horse showing so made the drive just for them. I got a call from someone else about braiding another horse and told them what my time table was, etc. since I had to drive back home. Despite that, they got there and insisted on riding the horse first and got upset that I would not hang out for an extra hour or better while they did that. The fact that I was re-arranging my schedule to stay to braid their horse in the first place, and had an 1 1/2 hr drive home, and it was already 6pm really didn't seem to matter to them. I don't know who braided the horse, but it wasn't me.



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