Accessories (Pads, Boots, Blanket, Etc)

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There many different types of stirrups and each have their particular functions and purpose.  In this article the different types of stirrups are described and their functions explained.   Western Bell Stirrups:  The western bell stirrup gets its name from its shape.  These stirrups are shaped very much like a bell.  They are the most common western stirrup.  They can be constructed out of wood, metal, or plastic.  The most common construction is a wood covered in a light metal that is left plain.  If the stirrup is used in a show arena the metal can be highly decorated and engraved.  This...
Western Bell Stirrups
In the sport of horseback riding, saddlebags can come in a variety of sizes, designs, colors, materials, and saddle positions.  Typically they attach to the saddle through the use of straps and ties.  The traditional saddlebag is leather.  A saddlebag is a wise addition to a rider’s assortment of tack, especially if you are an avid trail rider or camper.   Water: The first advantage of a saddle bag is that you are able to carry water with you.  So for long rides in the summer heat you can always be sure to be hydrated.    Food and Snacks: Always be able to carry along food and snacks when you...
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How to Fix Horse Blankets How to Fix Horse Rugs        As we round the corner in to spring, it is time to consider pulling off the winter blankets and repairing, or buying new for the next cold season. What determines whether or not you can repair a blanket is really the extent of the damage. Here are some helpful tips to keep the winter blankets staying usable.        Clean the blanket per the manufactures instructions. Don't just run to the closest laundry mat and dump the blanket it. Take time to brush all the dirt, hair, and ick off the blanket. If it is warm enough or you have access to...
Types of Martingales       Martingales are used as training aids and in other situations to control a horse's head carriage.There are a few different kind of martingales. The three most common are the running, standing, and German martingale. Each martingale has different actions on the horse and produce a different effect.      The most common martingale is the standing martingale. The standing martingale attaches from the girth through either a breast plate or yoke strap around the neck and attaches to the nose band. This style martingale prevents the horse from tossing its head up or...
More On Blankets   More to discuss when it comes to blankets?! You bet! Now you know what type is for what and what all the numbers and specs mean. Now lets discuss size. Every horse is a different size and shape, we will cover how to make sure your blanket fits and how to make sure it is the right blanket for your horse. A poorly fitting blanket is worse than no blanket at all.   The size of horse blankets and sheets is a standardized system in the U.S. Our sizes run on even inches from 30'-68” for foals and ponies and 70-86 for regular horses. European blankets are measured in centimeters....
Horse Blankets Uncovered!   If you have a horse chances are you have a horse blanket. Especially if you live in colder climates that have to deal with a cold long winter. There are millions of blankets to chose from in the market, so here is a little guide on blankets and sheets for your horse.             Blanket vs Sheet A horse sheet is any thin blanket. Usually only one layer of fabric that is held on by leg straps, surcingle around the belly, and either a buckled front or the pull over kind. Some sheets can be used as a layer when layering blankets to provide extra warmth or wick...
    Any time your horse is exposed to rough terrain or asked to do difficult maneuvers, it’s a good idea to provide protection for their legs and feet. Sports boots do a great job of protecting their lower legs and hooves. Splint Boots: Basic splint boots wrap around cannon and splint bones covering that area from the top of the fetlock joint to the knee. These boots have additional padding on the inside of the legs to protect the splint bone, the fetlock joint, and tendon areas. Some splint boots, commonly known as Jumping boots, will leave the front cannon bone area open so that the horse...
The importance of selecting the right saddle pad is an issue that has gained significant attention from horse enthusiasts in recent years. A good quality saddle pad is more than just a blanket that a rider places in between their saddle and their horse's back, hope it provides a little extra protection for the horse, and keeping fur and sweat off of the saddle itself. The right saddle pad can improve your saddle's fit, make your horse more comfortable, protect your horse's back from pressure points created by your tack, minimize saddle slippage, and help prevent heat and sweat from building...
With the change in the length of days and the onset of colder weather, many horse owners start looking for ways to keep their animals warm, dry, and clean during the months of rain and snow ahead. Even though nature provides our equine friends with an extra coat of coarse, furry hair for the winter season, stable blankets, turnout blankets, and all-weather-proof blankets provide horses with an extra layer of protection from the elements. When you are purchasing a blanket for your horse, there are several points to note about measuring and fitting a blanket to ensure a correct, comfortable fit...
  While Western saddles often come with girths (called cinches) attached, English saddles do not and they are normally a separate purchase when buying English tack. In addition, if you choose to ride in some makes of Australian and endurance saddles, you will need to buy a separate girth. A girth that is too long for your horse and saddle cannot be tightened enough to hold your saddle in place safely, and a girth that is too short may constrict your mount’s breathing and freedom of movement, plus be hard to buckle. Deciding which size to buy is typically of matter of knowing where and how to...
Horse Girth

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