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Saddle Tan Roo & Roo Rawhide Bosal Set

 Leather & Rawhide Braiding Books
 Braiding Books
"The Art of Braiding, The Basics - Second Revised Edition"
"The Art of Braiding, The Bosal I - Revised"
"The Art of Braiding, Bosal II"
"The Art of Braiding, Romal Reins I"
The Art of Braiding, Romal Reins ll"
"The Art of Braiding, Small Projects - Book I" NEW
"The Art of Braiding, Turk's Heads - I" NEW

Special discount on the group of 6 books, a savings of $55.00. This discount will be honored only until we start printing the new "The Art of Braiding, Small Projects - Book 1", approximately mid December.  Thereafter, the cost of the entire set of 6 will return to the original discounted price of $312.00, plus shipping.  Use this link to order.


 Western Braided Tack by Gail Hought

  Braided Horse Tack
Leather & Rawhide Braided Tack 
Bosals - Hackamores

Braided Collector Sets
Braided Accessories
Bosal Measurements
Photo Gallery of older work by Gail Hought

Leather Horse Tack
Leather Tack by Eric Hought


Braiding Lessons - Private Instruction

Phone Consultations
Braiding Kits

We have several Braiding Kits available for immediate shipment.- no waiting required.
See links below.

Basic Button & Knot Braiding Kits
Complete Beginner Braiding Kits
Pre-lesson Beginner Kit
Bosal Kits - Updated 2/2017
Key Fob Kits


 Bosal Kit

 Plenty O Dually modeling one of our
working bosal sets.
Braiding Supplies

Small Tools & Supplies
Hand Cut Kangaroo Lacing

Kangaroo Trimmings - Bundles

We have several Braiding Kits available for immediate shipment
- no waiting required.

Gift Certificates
PayPal Customer: Shipping information

2 Pass Spanish Ring Knot
6 Bight Turk's Head
Efficiently Utilizing Materials

Bosal Necklace with hair tassels
Braiding a Key Fob
Building and Splitting Parallels

General rule for plaiting string length and string width
"Tying the Mecate"

  Gift Certificates for Braiding Books and Supplies.

International Customers


My goal in this new book is to create an instructional format that is consistent and easy to understand.  It is amazing how many small projects a braider can come up with, so we plan to write a second book, The Art of Braiding, Small Projects–Book 2.  Some of those projects will be more advanced. 

Most skills necessary for these small projects are in The Art of Braiding, The Basics, Second Revised Edition.  Where I use an advanced button, I indicate a more basic button that can be substituted.  As usual, we will direct the reader to the instructions needed for each skill. 

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View details of the Small Projects - Book I

  The photos below includes a few of the projects that will be in the new book "The Art of Braiding, Small Projects"


 We have revised "The Art of Braiding, The Basics, Revised Edition", written in 2002 over thirteen years ago. The updated version is entitled, "The Art of Braiding, The Basics, Second Revised Edition".

I have considered this upgrade for some time. The new text has been influenced by my students. Their questions and diverse ideas have been thought-provoking broadening my awareness of what information would support their understanding of braiding. Another influence has been the Small Projects book. As it begins to take shape with all the new projects, there is clearly a need for additional skills.

The new "The Art of Braiding, The Basics, Second Revised Edition" includes the same information as the previous edition-nothing has been removed. However, the information is upgraded with more detail and new skills added. The illustrations are improved and there are more photos. The project section remains the same. We are in the final editing phase now.

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Some of the new instruction in "The Art of Braiding, The Basics, Second Revised Edition":
Original black and white instructions are now in full color.
Very detailed plans for a string cutter/beveler.
Several lacing instructions, including lacing saddle skirts together.


Braiding News: Introducing a New Mailing list

To better serve your braiding needs, we invite you to join our leather braider email mailing list. Periodically, we plan to send Braiding News that we trust will be of value. Included will be any new material or tool sources, new available books and information that might be of interest to braiders. If you would like to be included on our list, please send your email address to hought@hought.com. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest.

Gail and Eric

Notice:  Braiding Newsletter Recipients

We send our braiding newsletter via email and if it is returned to us because of an email address change, we remove you from our list.  If your email address has changed and you wish to continue receiving our braiding newsletter, please update us with your current email.

Thank you, Gail


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New prices buying books in groups: Go to this page for information and to order online.

Quick links to the are below.


"The Art of Braiding
The Basics - Second Revised Ed."

The necessary basic techniques for rawhide braiding & leather braiding, published in 2016.
Code # BK-B9

Shipping starts on February 16, 2017. The price will be the regular price of $59 starting on that date.

 "The Art of Braiding, Small Projects - Book I

Watch for ongoing images of our newest book in progress.
To view sample pages and price list, click on the above underlined book title.
Code # BK-B8

  "The Art of Braiding, Turk's Heads - I

Watch for ongoing images of our newest book in progress.
To view sample pages and price list, click on the above underlined book title.
Code # BK-B9

  "The Art of Braiding, Bosal I - Revised"

Complete instruction for braiding a bosal.



 "The Art of Braiding, Bosal II"

Instruction for adding color to a fancy bosal with fully braided headstall.


"The Art of Braiding, Romal I" 

Most detailed in series. Working and braiding with rawhide. Braiding & expanding long buttons. 8 New “Skill Builder” projects.

 The Art of Braiding, Romal Reins II

Figures braiding Santa Ynez romal reins. It is the most advanced of the braiding books with emphasis on learning the pattern of larger buttons. It also includes Elko style headstalls,.slit braiding and chapter about Ernie Ladouceur and curing rawhide.

  Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding by Bruce Grant, (1972)

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