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
  • Horse saddles come in an astonishing array of shapes, sizes and colors. Some, such as dressage saddles, show saddles and barrel racing saddles, are designed for very special purposes but can be used for other things, while others, such as all-purpose English, Australian, and Western trail saddles are designed for versatility and comfort, and are useful for a wide array of equestrian activities. Australian Stock Saddles Affectionately known as “Aussies” or “Poleys,” Australian stock saddles come with and without front horns. These saddles are deep-seated and comfortable, with blocks below the...
    Your horse saddle is more than just a comfortable seat for you to ride in: it’s also a major piece of safety equipment. While you probably know that accidents can happen no matter how careful you are, it definitely pays to protect yourself by keeping tabs on your equipment. An investment of just a few minutes is all it really takes to make sure that your horse’s saddle and tack are in good condition before each ride. Here are some important tips for staying safer on horseback. Watch for Problems Caused by Wear and Tear Check your equipment carefully on a regular basis, making it an important...
    Did you know that bridle fit is every bit as important as saddle fit? If your horse’s bridle fits poorly, he’ll be uncomfortable, distracted, and unable to do his best. As an added bonus to properly fitting your bridle, your horse will also look his best while wearing it! Follow these simple rules for fitting an English horse bridle, and you’ll have a happier, better looking mount as a result. Nosebands As improperly adjusted pieces of English tack go, nosebands are among the most frequent problems. Too tight, and your horse will be feeling pressure on his face for the duration of your ride,...
    How many types of horse blankets are there? You might be surprised at the answer! Manufacturers create a variety of blankets to protect your horse from the elements, keep him clean before shows, and so much more. This quick guide will help you determine which type of blankets you need for your horse. Turnout Blankets Turnout blankets ranging from lightweight summer fly sheets to heavy-duty winter coats help your horse stay comfortable outdoors. They are typically treated with waterproofing, and are styled to allow maximum freedom of movement. Let’s take a look: Fly Sheets – Fly sheets are...
    If you’re just getting into riding, you may have noticed that there are quite a few different types of equestrian boots available for sale. While this specialty footwear often has a stylish, attractive appearance, it serves an additional purpose: equestrian boots provide riders with stability, protection, and support while contributing to the correct look for the rider’s chosen discipline. Get ready, because you’re about to learn more about some of the most popular types of equestrian boots. Types of Riding Boots Riding boots protect the lower leg and foot on the ground and while mounted,...
    High quality horse rugs can be costly, but caring for them properly will ensure that they last for many years. Here are some tips for washing, weatherproofing, and storing horse rugs. One Rug or Two? In extreme weather conditions, it pays to get two horse rugs rather than one, so that you can keep your equine friend feeling comfortable while you allow the second rug to dry and air out after exposure to mud, manure, and smelly urine. Every morning, check the rug your horse has been wearing. If it is dirty or damp, hang it up and allow it to dry, and swap it for a clean rug. Once the dirty rug...
    Start shopping for saddles for sale, and in the blink of an eye you’ll find lots of attractive options to choose from. We’ll save discussions about types and styles of saddles for a different day; for now, let’s talk about the pros and cons of leather vs. synthetic saddles. Price Price is definitely one of the first considerations most riders make when looking at different saddles for sale, both online and off. If it’s the deciding factor for you, consider looking at synthetic saddles over leather ones. Synthetics are almost always priced a bit lower. Of course some synthetics do cost more...
    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...
    Good horse equipment – halters, bridles, saddles, and even grooming supplies – can be a major investment, and with the right kind of care, it will last for many years. Some items are made of fabric or plastic and are very easy to wash, either outside in a bucket with a bit of mild soap and some cool water, or inside, in the washing machine. Leather items, especially those with lots of fancy stitching, conchos, or other decorative components, take more time and effort to maintain. With this in mind, here are some tips for keeping your horse equipment in tip-top shape. Keeping Brushes and...
    When you hear the words “equestrian clearance” do you picture some dismal, dusty leftovers sitting in a forgotten corner of your local feed store or tack shop? While this type of clearance sale can certainly yield some good finds, be sure to spend some time shopping with SaddleOnline before spending your time and gas money hunting for the things you need. Here are some pointers to help you save money by strategically shopping equestrian clearance sales. Buy Before the Need Arises Some things wear out over time, and if you’ve been around horses long, you know that certain things are prone to...

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