Bits

Take a look at almost any rider on nearly any horse, and you’ll notice that there is quite a bit of equipment involved. Saddles, bridles, harnesses, halters, and other accessories are all part of the broader category known as horse tack. All of this may appear complicated to someone who is completely new to the world of riding, but the opposite is true: horse tack is fairly simple and straightforward once you learn a few basics and know what each piece is used for. A Head to Tail Look at Basic Horse Tack It’s true that some riders use specialized accessories, which we won’t be addressing here...
Basic horse tack offers safety and comfort while allowing horse and rider to communicate.
You may have a little familiarity with horse tack, or perhaps your are brand new to the world of riding altogether. Either way, it’s likely that you may be wondering what kind of English horse tack you’ll need to begin participating in dressage, eventing, polo, show jumping, or one of the many other disciplines that call for its use. English Saddles and Accessories To begin, you’ll need an English saddle. There are many different types, all designed for specific tasks. If you’re interested in a variety of disciplines, you’ll probably find that an all-purpose English saddle works best. Later,...
English horse tack: It all starts with the saddle
Horse tack for Western riding offers a distinct look. It’s often beautifully detailed, with showy conchos, interesting inlaid hair on hide embellishments, or even hand-painted designs. If you’re new to the world of Western riding, you might wonder exactly what to purchase. With the right horse tack, your Western riding ensemble will have a complete look, plus you’ll be safer in the saddle. Basic Horse Tack for Western Riding Basic horse tack for Western riding shares some similarities with English tack, however you’ll find some differences between the two when you take a close look. In this...
Western horse tack often has a pleasing, decorative appearance.
Visit almost any tack shop, and you’ll find a blinding array of English horse bits for sale. Selecting the right one is crucial, as the bit you choose will help you to communicate with your horse. To aid in differentiatiating between styles, we’ve come up with this quick guide to choosing English horse bits. Snaffle Bits Most English horse bits – and quite a few Western ones – are classified as snaffle bits. These bits work via direct pressure without putting leverage on the mouth. Unlike curb bits, snaffle bits have no shanks. A common misconception is that a bit must be jointed in order to...
          For many people, there is simply no better way to spend their time than riding a horse.  Whether it's enjoying a slow ride through open fields or a more spirited ride through the woods, there is always a special bond between a horse and its owner. However, to make the ride as comfortable as possible for both horse and rider, a great saddle is a must. If you've been looking around and just can't seem to find the saddle you want, let us here at SaddleOnline.com help you find exactly what you need. Discount Western Saddles           Here at SaddleOnline.com, we specialize in discount...
          When you get your own horse, it is one of the most exciting times in your life. However, owning a horse brings with it a lot of responsibility. As well as taking good care of your horse, you also have to outfit it with the best horse tack. Most horse owners these days choose to use the standard Western tack. If you are looking to outfit your horse with tack, here is a beginner’s guide to selecting the right gear from the tack shop.   Start with a Blanket:             The first piece of horse tack that is part of a Western setup is the saddle pad or blanket. Do not skimp at the...
          It can be a challenge to find the right outfitter to work with for all of your saddle and riding needs, but SaddleOnline provides you with the ultimate shopping experience. There are several different types of saddles and accessories available to you through SaddleOnline, including those for English, Australian and Western saddles. Whether you are shopping for beautiful show gear, riding and jumping gear or accessories that are suitable for ranch and work activities, you can find all that you need through SaddleOnline.   What to Expect from Western Saddle Accessories          ...
One of the most important pieces of riding tack is the horse bit. The horse bit is the device that is placed inside the horse’s mouth and is the main tool that communicates with your horse. The bit lets your horse know what direction to go and when to stop. Depending on whether the rider wants to stop, turn left, or turn right, the use of the reins sends a pressure signal to the bit and puts a certain amount of pressure in the horse’s mouth. The horse then feels this pressure and will go in the direction that is being asked of him. There are many different types of horse bits. They are all...
*/ History of the Horse Bit Never to be over looked a basic essential to riding a horse is controlling it. The bit is key here. Well the bit and bridle or head-stall work hand in hand. The bit was originally made from rope and sinew, wood or bones, if there was a bit at all. Metal bits where originally made of bronze around 1200 BC. Nickel was used until around 1940's when it was replaced by stainless steel. Now a days bits come in all sizes and shapes and flavors. Copper, aurigan, and cold rolled steel (sweet iron) are added to encourage the horse to salivate, and rubber or plastic are...

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