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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
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...

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