Tack and Equipment

A compendium of all Horse Tack and Equipment.  Overviews, care, fashion trends, and more.   

  • Care of Equipment and Leather
  • Saddles
  • Bridles
  • Bits
  • Harnesses
  • Accessories (Pads, Boots, Blanket, Etc)
  • Clothing
  • If you’ve seen old Western movies, then you’ve probably admired the men’s duster coats that are such a ubiquitous part of the traditional wardrobe! More than just a style statement, these cool coats have an interesting place in history, and they remain very popular today. Working horsemen, casual riders, and people who simply enjoy the iconic look of western clothing styles enjoy wearing dusters. What is a Men’s Duster Coat? Great question! There are a few different kinds of duster coats for men: some offer full-length coverage, hitting the leg at the ankle or just a short distance above it...
    Hit the trail or head to an event, and you’re likely to see more than a few synthetic western saddles. These awesome saddles are becoming more popular, and you might be considering picking one up for everyday use. There are quite a few reasons these saddles are gaining favor. Let’s take a look. Stylish Some colors just don’t come naturally. True, we carry colorful western saddles made of leather, but the synthetics represent less of an investment while allowing you to ride in trendy style. Kids particularly enjoy the many designs available, as do fun-loving adults. Think purple, pink, zebra,...
    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,...
    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...
    It’s always exciting to get a new “ride,” but inevitably, the question of “What size western saddle do I need?” arises. You might already know that all western saddles come with a specific seat size, measured in inches. In general, the following western saddle size rules apply: Youth – 12” to 13” (Be sure to see our guide to fitting kids’ western saddles if looking for a child’s size) Small adult – 14” Average adult – 15” Large adult – 16” Extra large adult – 17” Very large or tall – 18” to 20” If you fit somewhere between sizes, you will probably find that you are able to...
    For many kids, western saddles are the first they’ll ever ride in. Buying a saddle – even a pint-sized one – is a major decision and a bit of an investment. Before making this important purchase, it is a good idea to do a little homework. Pick a Size Just like a full-size saddle for adults, a kids’ western saddle needs to fit the child and the horse he or she will be riding. If your child is riding a full-size horse, consider our kids seat quarter horse saddles, which are built on average size quarter horse trees with youth seat sizes. A very small child or toddler will fit in a 7 to 8 inch...
    Well-made nylon tack is great stuff! It’s strong and sturdy, and it comes in an incredible array of colors to suit your taste and keep your horse looking his best. Despite its strength and reliability, this kind of tack does need to be looked after. Taking good care of your nylon tack will help keep you safe, and it will help make your favorite bridle, breast collar, and other items last longer, too. Check Your Tack Each Time You Ride Just like leather tack, nylon items need to be checked before every ride. Look for areas of unusual rubbing or wear, including around adjustment holes. Take a...
    So, you’re looking for a cheap saddle. Almost invariably, someone is going to tell you that you’re wasting your money by looking at saddles that don’t eat up your entire paycheck! We’re here to reassure you, and put the naysayers to rest. While it is certainly true that there are lots of cheap saddles that are doomed to make their way into the waste stream within a short period of time, there are plenty of others that will provide you and your horse with a comfortable ride for years to come. How to Choose a Cheap Saddle There are a few ways to get your hands on a reliable saddle without...
    Just like horse saddles, pony saddles come in a variety of configurations designed for different uses. Meant to fit horses up to about 14 hands high, pony saddles are usually made to fit children and small statured adults. With shorter stirrup leathers or fenders, smaller stirrups, and of course, smaller seats, they look like diminutive versions of their larger, horse-sized counterparts. Popular Styles in Pony Saddles The most common types of pony saddles are English and Western. English pony saddles are extremely lightweight, so it is very easy for kids to saddle up by themselves after they...
    Take a look at Australian saddles and tack, and you’ll immediately notice that they offer a unique appearance. Lighter and more compact than comparably sized leather western saddles, “Aussie” saddles are comfortable for horses to wear, even on long rides. Here are more reasons it’s worth getting to know Australian saddles and tack. A Quick History When British settlers arrived in Australia in 1788, they brought horses and tack along with them. How else could they have gotten around? Soon enough, they realized that Australia’s challenging terrain was no match for English saddles, which were...
    Australian Saddles and Tack have Built-in Features for Comfort and Safety

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