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A bridle is a critical piece of tack that is used to control a horse's face, mouth, and neck. Bridles vary considerably depending on discipline and handler preference. English Bridles Weymouth The Weymouth bridle, also called a double or full bridle, is a bridle with two bits and four reins. The first bit is a bradoon, similar to a modified snaffle bit. The second bit is a simple curb bit. The Weymouth is practical for riding, and competing in dressage and other formal equestrian events such as eventing. Advanced riders should only use the double bridle. In the right hands, this bridle can...
Watch an equestrian event, and the odds are good that at some point you’ll witness riders in English saddles taking their mounts over a variety of horse jumps. Whether you’re simply curious or are perhaps interested in learning to jump, you’ll find this guide to the most popular types of horse jumps is a good place to begin. Bank Banks are jumps that go from one level to another. A bank can be approached from the uphill or downhill side. The uphill approach is safer and easier for the horse to navigate. Bounce Bounces are horse jumps consisting of multiple fences with no room for the horse to...
There are many different types of horse jumps!
Step 1: Take the stirrup iron and slide it onto the stirrup leather.   Step: 2 Then buckle the stirrup leather, by sliding the end through the top slot of the buckle.         Step3: Then slide the stirrup leather onto the stirrup bar just behind the buckle on the leather.  The stirrup bar is a metal piece located under the small flap on the side of your saddle.  You may need a hoof pick to help you lift the stirrup bar and slide the leather on.                                       Step 4: Check to make sure that the stirrup is hanging correctly and that there are no twists in the leathers...
Proper saddle fit leads to a balanced, safe ride for you, and it lets your horse work comfortably. If your horse pins his ears, flings his head, and wrings his tail while you’re on his back, or if he tries to bite you or the saddle while you’re tacking up, it’s extremely likely that the saddle you’re using fits poorly and causes pain. This is dangerous – and probably uncomfortable – for you, and it can permanently damage your horse’s back. Lastly, there’s no way a horse wearing an ill-fitting saddle is able to do his best on the trail or in the show ring. Look for these six signs that your...
Horse Saddle Rigging Unleashed! When riding western style most people know about the latigo and cinch straps. They are essential to keeping the saddle in position on the horses back, and therefor keeping the rider secure as well. A lot of people have also heard about the different ways to “rig” their saddles, but which is best and what is it used for? Those are the questions we are trying to answer here. So first a little information. First we will cover the placement and types of attachments. There are few current types of hardware for the rigging to attach to: “D”, Three-way, open three-way...
Caring for your tack the right way will extend its life, and with the right product at hand, you’ll find that your saddles, bridles, boots, and other leather goods take on a supple feel and exhibit a soft sheen. Not sure how to use neatsfoot oil on leather? By the time you finish reading this article, you’ll be able to call yourself an expert! Why Neatsfoot Oil Works so Well Take a look at the many leather conditioners on the market, and you’ll notice that only a few of them are all-natural. Neatsfoot oil is one of these.  It lubricates the minuscule fibers inside the leather’s structure,...
                Barrel racing is a Western timed, speed event that requires you and your horse to maneuver around three barrels as fast as you can. However, this sport isn’t just about speed. It is all about body control, concentration, and synchronization between you and your horse. Both horse and rider have to work together as a team in order to accomplish the task at hand. Otherwise, your race isn’t going to go well and you or your horse could get injured.   The Barrel Racing Setup:                 A barrel race is held within a closed arena, and it includes a starting line and three...
Selling your used saddle is a great way to clean out the tack room and get a little extra money. There is a large market for used tack in the horse industry, for the same reason that there is a large market for used cars in the United States. Saddles and other items are in high demand, but they can be quite costly new and buying used often gives riders the opportunity to get a good quality item for a fraction of the retail price. Selling a saddle you are no longer using can be beneficial to both buyer and seller. Evaluating Your Saddle Almost all saddles can be re-sold, but how much you can...
Saddling an untrained horse might sound like a real challenge; in fact for old-time bronc busters who didn’t understand how to gently school youngsters, it was dangerous and intimidating! If it’s your first time teaching a horse to accept a training saddle, you’ll find these tips helpful. If you have never saddled a horse and are hoping to learn how to do it correctly, it’s best to get assistance from someone who has plenty of experience with horses. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, it’s time to get started. It All Starts with Good Ground Manners Before you teach a horse to take a...
          To ride effectively, you need to find the correct size English saddle that is going to fit your body correctly. You want to make sure that your saddle allows your core muscles, legs, and arms to balance safely on your horse’s back while performing, training, or on the trail. A saddle that is too small for your body will push you forward and make you off-balance. This results in pulling your heels behind you and making your center of balance fall forward over the pommel. One that is too large allows your body to lean backward and pushes your feet out in front of your hips. Both are...
            Clipping your horse is another name for giving your horse a haircut. It entails shaving your horse’s coat, either part way or fully, in order to keep them from getting over heated. Clipping is usually done to horses who will be working through the winter and won’t need their thick winter coats.  Depending on how much your horse will be working and how thick his winter coat is, will be the deciding factor on what type of clip your horse should receive. Clipping your horse has several benefits. These benefits include faster cool down time for your horse, it make is easier on you for...
Conditioning is the key to avoiding injuries in the competition arena. If your horse is prime condition, not only are they going to perform better but you’ll also avoid injuries that can come with the stresses of performing. Check with your vet first to make sure your horse is healthy and sound enough to begin a performance conditioning program. Your vet can help you determine what weaknesses your horse may have that may need special consideration. Ask your vet to give you a true assessment of your horse’s condition so that can develop a training routine. Conditioning is not only about...
Horse practice
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_Gearing up for Spring and Summer        As the days start getting longer and the sun starts to shine down more we start feeling the itch of spring. The warm Schnook wind gently blows as all the ice melts and the snow fades away. It is this time when everyone in the horse world takes a collective sigh and wishes for nice days for trail riding a head. Barns where there are pregnant mares prepare for the foaling time and show barns began the yearly process of the show season. Preparing now for the busy spring and summer ahead will make your life easier in the long run. Spring is a great time to...
Horse in spring
Getting a new horse is exciting! Before getting your first horse, be sure that you’ve got all the essentials in place. That way, you’ll be ready to welcome your equine companion home and keep him feeling and looking his best. Here, we focus on horse supplies, so you have items on hand when you need them. Feeding and Watering If your new horse will be boarded, you may not have to pay much attention to supplies for keeping him fed and hydrated. If he’ll be living on your property, be sure that you have a feed tub and a water trough, both of which you’ll find at your local farm supplies store....
Caring for your equine friend is easier with the right horse supplies.
How Saddles Fit It can be challenging to determine what type of saddle for a Missouri Fox Trotter will best suit its unique gaits. It is important to understand the basics of saddle fitting before going shopping. The basic saddle is constructed using a specially sized tree to provide the base structure of the saddle. Traditional trees tend to be constructed of relatively rigid materials, such as fiberglass, wood, rawhide, and even steel. The two most common sizes are semi-quarter horse bars and full quarter horse bars. Essentially, these fit medium-to-wide backed horses with normal or...
Black Gaited Saddle
Finding the right size saddle can be tedious, but is very important to you and your horse. An ill fitting saddle for a horse can cause sore backs and impede the horse's natural gait. There are several signs that the saddle fits poorly. The gullet of the saddle that presses down on top of your horse's withers, causes the weight to sit directly on the horse's spine directly resulting in back pain. The bars should not pinch the shoulders, this causes the horse restriction in their range of motion. For gaited horses in particular bars that flare aid in allowing the full range of motion in the...
The American Quarter Horse is arguably the most popular horse in the world. There are over 5 million horses registered with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). The AQHA is the largest breed registry in the world.  The quarter horse got its name from the ability to out run other breeds of horses on the quarter mile or less. They were bred to sprint. The quarter horse is best known for their performance in western riding sports, such as rodeo, reining, cutting, working ranch, barrel racing, and other western sports. Although the quarter horse is also shown in the English disciplines...
American Quarter Horse Profile
The duster coat! It’s a must around the barn, great for rain and snow, and ideal for riding in inclement weather. It also happens to be a super-stylish piece of outerwear that has been popularized on fashion runways. Here, we take a good look at this coat and talk about some practical and fashionable ways to make the most of it. Beat the Weather in Style You can find a few different duster coat configurations here at SaddleOnline. Most are lined for additional warmth. Since our duster coats are infused with an oil / wax formula, they offer excellent protection from the elements. Chilly wind,...
           Grooming is therapeutic for both a horse and its handler. A well-stocked grooming bucket is a necessity and one of the most useful tools a rider can own. Grooming a horse on a regular basis promotes a healthy coat, allows an opportunity to check for problems and lets your horse know you care. There are a few essential tools that will make your grooming experience successful. Soft brush           A soft bristled brush or face brush is a hand-held brush with soft bristles. Use this soft brush to remove loose dirt from sensitive spots of the horse including the leg, face, and flank...
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