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Spencer300pixelwMary Beth Rohaly grew up riding pony hunters and learned to braid manes and tails as a member of a local pony club.  Later, she was fortunate to have incredible mentors who taught her their secrets and perfected her braiding skills.  As a professional braider she has braided thousands of horses and founded Braid Secrets to share her hard-earned knowledge with other equestrians. She is featured as a braiding expert on Jane Savoie’s Dressage Mentor website.

Ms. Rohaly has provided braiding tutelage to individuals as well as taught braiding clinics. Her focus has been teaching riders to braid or improve their braiding so that their braids enhance their overall appearance of their horse in the show ring.   She is currently an avid dressage rider and has over four decades of experience riding and braiding horses.

On being a frugal equestrian….“The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything but they make the most of everything that comes their way.”  This quote sums up my experience with horses for the last 40 years and has been the key to really enjoying my passion for riding. I was fortunate to be a winning pony hunter rider and to later become a dressage rider that learned to train her own horses.  One day a friend asked me “You don’t have a ton of money or the most talented horse but you’ve made the most progress with your horse of anyone I know.  Plus, you’ve done it with more than one horse….How do you do that?” That conversation made me realize I should share with other riders what I’ve learned about progressing a horse and getting the most satisfaction for my money.  I started The Frugal Equestrian blog at Braid Secrets to share my knowledge so that your journey with your horse can be highly satisfying no matter what your budget is.