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Good winter horse care is essential to your equine’s well-being. Once temperatures drop, it’s time to be on the lookout for mistakes that could seriously damage his health. Inadequate Food or Water Horses need more food during cold weather than they do during warm weather, partly because digestion helps to keep them warm. It’s a good idea to give your horse free access to good-quality grass hay, and to provide a good all-in-one feed and a bit of alfalfa hay at least twice daily. Some equines have special needs when it comes to feed – donkeys, mules, miniatures, and drafts among them. Check...
Snow and cold temperatures keep many people inside. There’s no reason to bench yourself and your horse though, because even the coldest days can be great for getting outdoors and treating yourself and your equine companion to some exercise. Use these winter horseback riding tips to get started! Warm the Bit Keep your bridle in the house or a heated barn, or invest in a bit warmer. You can also warm your bit by holding it in your bare hands for a minute before putting it into your horse’s mouth, or by wrapping it in a warm (not hot!) pack. Take it Easy Cold temperatures make the body work a...
Enjoy these winter riding tips for cold weather fun!
Many kids dream of getting a pony for Christmas. If you’re thinking of fulfilling your child’s dream, be sure to pick up a few essentials and accessories to make the transition a fun, comfortable, and safe one! Add these Horse Tack Items to Your List If your family already owns horses, you may have everything  you need! Use this guide as a checklist to be certain that you’ve got everything necessary. First choose a pony saddle, a cinch or girth to go with it, and a blanket to go under the saddle. You’ll also need a bridle and bit that will fit the pony. Some sellers will include horse tack...
Do you frequently find yourself digging through every piece of horse tack you own, frantically searching for that one hoof pick, brush, or stray bell boot? If so, it’s time to organize your tack trunk. Sure, it started out looking tidy, but then things happened, you were in a hurry, and items eventually ended up all over the place. Here are some tips for cleaning and organizing your tack trunk – and keeping it neat so you never have to burrow through all those odds and ends again. Begin with a Clean Slate Start by taking everything out of your tack trunk. If it’s like most, it could do with a...
Organizing your horse tack keeps it looking new!
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
Thanks to their surefootedness and gentle nature, draft horses are becoming more popular as everyday riding horses. Their large size contributes to a smooth feel, and their muscular frames lend them impressive stamina. Many who ride these big beauties prefer the security a draft horse western saddle offers. If you’re among them, you’ll appreciate these tips for selecting a saddle that fits you and your riding partner. Before beginning the process of selecting your draft horse western saddle, be sure that your mount is at least five years old. Unlike some other horses who develop at a younger...
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...

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