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    Last edited by loni1949; Sep. 21, 2013, 05:22 PM.

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    a woman I know around here (Maryland) who does alot of braiding for all the rated shows charges $55 for manes; but I'm not sure what she charges for tails; probably $35. Her rates may have gone up to $65-75. However, if you are traveling from NJ to Cap. Challenge just to braid you might need to factor in hotel expenses/travel expenses but If this woman is braiding (and others are braiding) for less than that I'm not sure you'll do much business

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    • #3
      I can find out for you what this woman is charging.. last time I needed her to braid it was $55 but that was a few years ago. She is a great braider - I would think maybe she has gone up in prices. I'll see what I can find out for you.

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      • #4
        I was standing in the barn braiding my two ponies on Saturday night , my dad was working one isle over, I yelled over to him " what did they charge you to braid Derby last weekend at the Hunter futurity?" he told me $100 for mane and tail, so your boss is in the ball park but maybe a bit high, sound to me like you could raise your rates a little and still have work!
        I on the other hand will keep practicing and do my own, it saves me a TON of cash LOL!!
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        • #5
          $150 for mane and tail sounds high to me, even considering the locations where you are braiding.
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          • #6
            Maybe she is saying you should charge that as the total for braiding for multiple days? My braider charges $35 for mane, $75 for mane and tail. If the horse is showing over 2 or 3 days, we pay to braid 2 or 3 times.

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            • #7
              I think $45 for a mane and $25 for a tail is what we pay around here (SE PA).

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              • #8
                I was getting $90 for a full set at indoors last year.

                I'm sure some of the top braiders can get $100 or more, but your braids had better be on par with theirs to command that price!
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                • #9
                  I'm in a very expensive area of the West coast. I'm currently paying $100 for mane and tail. Because I have two horses, she gives me a $25 discount per horse for the week. She charges $25 for a mane pull, regardless of what condition the mane is in when she starts braiding, no exception.

                  I've been told previously on this board that these rates are high. I don't protest because she is an incredibly good braider and I don't want to set her off. She's "moody."
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Go Fish View Post
                    She charges $25 for a mane pull, regardless of what condition the mane is in when she starts braiding, no exception.
                    I'm confused.

                    Do you mean she charges for pulling the mane on every horse on every new account? (Like a signing bonus? ) Or charges for a mane pull every so many weeks?

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                    • #11
                      I pay $45/mane here in Memphis and the braids are top notch. I about spilled my drink at your posted rate. I would learn to do them myself before paying that amount.

                      Sorry, don't mean to be snarky. That's just out of my price point.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MHM View Post
                        I'm confused.

                        Do you mean she charges for pulling the mane on every horse on every new account? (Like a signing bonus? ) Or charges for a mane pull every so many weeks?
                        I am guessing this means that every time she braids for you, she also pulls mane first and charges you. You have to pay it. You can't pull it yourself and have her skip pulling. The assumption is-- she's pulling, and if you happen to have it short it makes her life easier but you're still getting charged because the pulling was part and parcel of the braiding package. You cannot buy a la carte and have her just braid-- it's pull and braid, and you pay for both, or nothing at all.

                        Not how I've ever seen it done but not all that crazy. She must be a good braider and she likes the manes a certain way. This way, she knows to allocate time for pulling and doesn't get caught by surprise when she shows up expecting to just braid and discovers she has to pull too. And it discourages people from pulling the mane ahead of time in ways that make it difficult for her to then braid it (too short, too thin, etc.).

                        Not a totally nutty idea. Not how I would probably handle it, but then again I am not a primo professional braider who can set parameters like this. I am sure she does a good enough job to make it worthwhile.
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                        • #13
                          we have great professional braiders and pay 80 for mane and tail.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
                            Not a totally nutty idea.
                            Are you kidding? It's a fantastic idea- for her, if she can get people to pay it week after week.

                            That's why I had to question it- I've never heard of such a practice, and I've been in this business for a while. If she charged me for a mane pull two weeks in a row, I'd have a new braider the third week.

                            I also have a very low tolerance for braiders who are "moody."

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                            • #15
                              Wow, quite a variety of prices!

                              I need to share that when I was in high school and braided on weekends in Westchester County, NY (1972 - 1974) we got $7.00 a mane, but had to give the barn owner 2.00 of that! We stayed up all night, and braided at least 3 or 4 each and then groomed the next day. I think we were paid 20.00 for that (sorry to get off topic!)

                              Closer to this century when I showed down that way, I remember paying $35.00 for a mane and $25.00 for a tail.
                              This was in the late 80's and early 90's...

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by MHM View Post
                                Are you kidding? It's a fantastic idea- for her, if she can get people to pay it week after week.

                                That's why I had to question it- I've never heard of such a practice, and I've been in this business for a while. If she charged me for a mane pull two weeks in a row, I'd have a new braider the third week.

                                I also have a very low tolerance for braiders who are "moody."
                                I don't show nearly that often (every week), so it doesn't seem as nutty to me. And I usually braid for myself. I hate pulling, if someone wanted to do it for me for a reasonable price-- I'd be on board with that Mane pulling is my single least favorite horse chore EVER and I stink at it too!

                                If I had a braider who braided for me every month or couple of months, I wouldn't really blink at the "pulling included" charge. Manes grow in that length of time and I am guessing she likes it pulled "just so." That doesn't seem too crazy.

                                If it was every week, or multiple times a week-- yeah, I wouldn't be excited to pay that. Go Fish doesn't say how often she uses this braider. I was putting myself in her shoes and thinking the braider was called once a month or maybe twice a month max.

                                In the end, it's the braider's decision. If you don't like her prices/price setup-- you can use another braider. I am guessing she does beautiful work and it's well worth the price to have her do your horses.
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by MHM View Post
                                  I'm confused.

                                  Do you mean she charges for pulling the mane on every horse on every new account? (Like a signing bonus? ) Or charges for a mane pull every so many weeks?
                                  She charges $25 per horse per show for mane pulling, even if your horse's mane is perfectly pulled and thinned before she starts. I guess she's very particular about the mane before she braids. The $25 is non-negotiable. She charges everyone, doesn't matter if it's a new or old account. She's been braiding for me for years.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Go Fish View Post
                                    She charges $25 per horse per show for mane pulling, even if your horse's mane is perfectly pulled and thinned before she starts. I guess she's very particular about the mane before she braids. The $25 is non-negotiable. She charges everyone, doesn't matter if it's a new or old account. She's been braiding for me for years.
                                    Thanks for the explanation. So if you showed two weeks in a row, you'd get charged for two mane pulls?

                                    I would not use a braider with that pricing policy, but I'm glad you're happy with her.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
                                      If it was every week, or multiple times a week-- yeah, I wouldn't be excited to pay that. Go Fish doesn't say how often she uses this braider. I was putting myself in her shoes and thinking the braider was called once a month or maybe twice a month max.

                                      In the end, it's the braider's decision. If you don't like her prices/price setup-- you can use another braider. I am guessing she does beautiful work and it's well worth the price to have her do your horses.
                                      I probably show a couple of times a month, on average. I get a bit miffed because my horses' manes are "braid worthy" before she starts. But you are right, she's the best braider around. I'm not about to raise a ruckus and have her fire me, that's for sure.
                                      Surgeon General warns: "drinking every time Trump lies during the debate could result in acute alcohol poisoning."

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by MHM View Post
                                        Thanks for the explanation. So if you showed two weeks in a row, you'd get charged for two mane pulls?
                                        No. But if I had a show one week, skipped a week, then showed the third week at a different show, I'd get charged.
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