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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (February 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580176992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580176996
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Bottom line: This book could save your hands, your time, and probably your sanity.”

-Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar

 

From the Back Cover

Show Off Your Horse's Good Looks.

Braiding is the final touch that gives your horse a polished, well-turned-out appearance. When it's not show day, braiding can preserve a long mane or full tail, or provide a fun, calming activity for horse and rider. Learn the details that can help you master 30 braids suiting every discipline, including hunter, dressage, saddle-seat, Western, and draft.

Customer Reviews

This is an awesome book that I would recommend highly to any beginner braider's.
Constance Cole
I really liked this book because it had easy to follow instructions and there were pictures to help explain how to do each braid.
Corki Fancher
If you want to really learn the different ways to braid manes then this book is for you.
Matilda

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Constance Cole on November 4, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
This is an awesome book that I would recommend highly to any beginner braider's. My 14 year old daughter shows Hunter Pleasure and Sport Horse Under Saddle and we were tired of paying braider's at shows....so..within two days of receiving this book...my daughter is braiding her horses mane and tail....and she said it was the easy step by step explanations and the hole for hanging made it even easier. Buy with confidence! A++++
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. Francis on December 28, 2008
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This book is well worth the money. It's very sturdy, hard cover and the pages are strong. The small hole at the top of the book goes all the way thru, that makes it nice to hang while you are trying to do the braid. Lots of color pictures and step by step guide. Good book for beginners and experts.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Baylis on May 13, 2010
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I have been struggling for a couple years now to do the traditional Dutch Braid in my horse's tail for competitions. I usually get someone else to do it. They try to teach me but i just find it impossible, even though I am just fine at normal plaiting. I live in New Zealand and was browsing for a good plaiting book to help when I stumbled across this one. Not only is it cheaper to get this from Amazon.com in the US than from anywhere in Australasia, it is the best buy of a how-to book I've found.

Within twenty minutes of opening the book to the Dutch Braid page and reading through the step-by-step diagrams and photos, all in large print text and beautifully laid out numbered lists, I was Dutch Braiding my horse's tail for the first time! The first few times were messy of course, but within a couple of days, with practice, it had neatened up and my fingers had memorized the pattern. Keep in mind I had never been able to master the braid in two years of actual PEOPLE trying to show me and teach me. The book allowed me to go at my own pace, think it through and watch where my fingers were going. Of course it helps if you have a patient horse (give him some hay to munch) and find a good place to tie him where you can also put the book up for easy reading while your hands are full of horse hair :o) Another good thing about this book is that it folds back on itself so even if you have a fence, you can hang it over the rail or wire and still be able to read it.

I absolutely recommend this to people who fumble about with any kind of braids or forelock plaits (another I could never master until now) and really want to do it on their own. Lots of pretty braids and plaits to try - from easy to hard.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Horse lover on September 7, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
very helpful and easy to understand book on braiding. Photos were clear and instructions easy to understand.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Corki Fancher on January 28, 2013
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I really liked this book because it had easy to follow instructions and there were pictures to help explain how to do each braid. Very helpful if you need a certain braid for certain classes or competitions for your horse.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Qry on July 10, 2011
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This is a very helpful book for people who are all thumbs and need to present their horses well anyway. While some people can afford to hire a professional braider at shows, most of us can't and this is just the book to get us headed out in the right direction. There were even some ideas for those of us that show drafts. Great photos - good explanations.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Jenkins on May 14, 2008
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For the aesthetically inclined book lover, this is a must. It is spiral bound and beautifully composed with rich color, clear photographs and diagrams, and an easy to read format.
My only criticism of the book was that there were no really intricate uncommon braids included. Growing up in the horse world, I have learned many braids, all of which are in this book. Unfortunately, there were no new braids for me to learn which seriously bummed me out. I'm not unhappy with my purchase though, as this is a clear and concise guide to braiding that I can use to teach students and friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caroleinwv VINE VOICE on January 26, 2013
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I had often admired the great braid jobs at shows and in horse photos. This book tells you everything you need and need to know to be a successful groom/braider. From technique, to tools this book has it all. The publisher was clever enough to make it durable enough to be barn and show worthy. It will stand up to the rigors of the tack trunk where I consider it to be a must! Riders and grooms of every discipline will benefit from this great book.
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