Rebecca's love for horses was instilled as a child while growing up in Southern Ohio on her parent's pony farm. Her days were filled with adventure, riding through corn fields and experiencing a run away or two in the pony cart.
It was her dream to head West, so after a few years in Northern California she moved her family to Montana in the early 70's. The Bitterroot Valley was ideal for her growing herd of horses, however, with the acquisition of more horses came the need for more tack.
Being forgetful as children often are, left Rebecca one day searching high and low for her favorite leather headstall and reins. It wasn't until spring thaw that she found it in the manure pile. It soon became her objective to make her own tack and teach her children along the way, hoping they'd learn a valuable lesson regarding the importance of caring for their tack.
Outfitted with used parachute cord from the nearby Smoke Jumper's School and a copy of Bruce Grant's Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding, Rebecca adapted leather braiding techniques to parachute cord—this was the answer to her needs! The tack was not only economical to make, but was strong and practically carefree.
She began making many tack items and those who saw her work encouraged her to write a how-to-book. In 1982 she published The Complete Book of Macra-Tack. Sales continued through six editions, up to the time that it was out of print. Rebecca's daughter, Cybele, took an interest in braiding at an early age and began designing her own tack and offering how-to projects for sale.
In 1996, the mother/daughter team decided to publish an entirely new book, How To Braid Quality Custom Tack, and become a complete source for braiders known as U-BRAID-IT Braiding Supply Co. The company is operated by Cybele and Rebecca to this day.
It makes us truly happy to have motivated so many individuals to start their own custom tack businesses. We pride ourselves on our unique quality products, expertise, and friendly service. Additionally, we are pleased to be the largest source of 100% mohair and cinch making supplies in the world.