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 Leather Braiding Instruction at WESTERN STATES HORSE EXPO

Murieta Equestrian Center, Sacramento, CA

New Date

June 11, 12, and 13, 2021

Below is a statement from Horse Expo. (update 5/13/2021)

Due to time constraints, HorseInterest classes will not be held in 2021. We look forward to these events returning in 2022.

Braiding leather works, the traditional mohair cinch, and even the crafting of reins and headstalls that are used so often along with items that can be used in the barn or to decorate your home. All of these cherished items have to be crafted, often by hand. Now think about how awesome it would be to learn to do some of these arts and embellish your equipment with your own handiwork. The Western States Horse Expo is, once again, hosting Horseinterest, which is a series of hands-on workshops taught by master craftsmen and craftswomen who will lead and instruct registered Participants in their unique craft. To take advantage of this unique learning opportunity just click on the workshop registration link below and select the craft you wish to experience.


Instruction by Gail Hought

Classes are in the HORSEINTEREST workshop area.

 Sign up below or call 707-599-9493

Space secured by payment for braiding lessons will not be refundable; however, the fee will be credited towards future lessons, braiding books, braiding tools, supplies and/or braided items. 


$150 per class

If classes are available, we will take walk-ins.

Updated 3/4/2021

There will be one 3 hour class in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Morning sessions are from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM; afternoon sessions are from 2 PM - 5 PM.  Each session is limited to 2 students.

*Upon enrollment either on this page or by phone, 707-599-9493, there will be a $150 fee.  Feel free to enroll in more than one session. 

Materials supplied include pre-cut fully prepared strings and a mandrel, which you will take home.  Tools are supplied.  Bring your braiding questions as well, I will be happy to answer them.

Buttons and Knots Instructed: as seen in the above photo  

2 & 3 pass Spanish Ring Knot
6 bight Turk’s head with herringbone interweave
6 bight Turk’s head with gaucho interweave
4 bight gaucho
6 bight long pineapple button with herringbone interweave
A notebook is recommended.

*Are you interested in learning to braid a Bosal?  I would be happy to provide instruction on the noseband and the heel knot, both their groundwork and braiding.  These would be taught in sections and could be a way for you to get started.  Please let me know if you are interested by calling or emailing me to set up these times during the provided sign-up times.  707-599-9493 or hought@hought.com

Available for purchase will be several braiding kits-including Key Fob kits, small tools and supplies and all the books in The Art of Braiding collection.


June 11 2021 Morning instruction # 1

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Space Taken

June 11, 2021 Morning instruction # 2

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Space Taken

June 11, 2021 Afternoon instruction # 3

2 PM - 5 PM

June 11, 2021 Afternoon instruction # 4

2 PM - 5 PM


June 12, 2021 Morning instruction # 5

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

June 12, 2021 Morning instruction # 6

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM


 June 12, 2021 Afternoon instruction # 7

2 PM - 5 PM

Space Taken

  June 12, 2021 Afternoon instruction # 8

2 PM - 5 PM


June 13, 2021 Morning instruction # 9

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  June 13, 2021 Morning instruction # 10

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM



June 13, 2021 Afternoon instruction # 11

2 PM - 5 PM

Space Taken

 June 13, 2021 Afternoon instruction # 12

2 PM - 5 PM


 Email - hought@hought.com

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