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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...
Unless you’re lucky enough to live in the country on property that’s suitable for equines, you’ll need to look into local horse stables that offer boarding. Here are some top tips for selecting the best place for your horse to live in comfort and safety. If you’re still in the process of choosing a horse, it can be very helpful to visit stables beforehand so you have a place already setup for him to stay. Determine Your Needs The first step in deciding on horse stables is to decide what your needs are. Will your horse need a large box stall and daily turnout, or would he rather spend most of...
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...
When the weather is hot, horses are susceptible to heat stress. Enjoy these tips for summer horse riding, and you’ll help your mount stay healthy and comfortable. How Heat Affects Horses Left to their own devices, horses seek out cool, shady spots during hot, humid summer days. Their activity naturally increases a bit during the cooler morning and evening hours, and the feeling of a breeze might bring them out into the sun for a while. But what about horse riding? If you are feeling the heat of the sun beating down on you, then your horse is feeling it too. It takes between 15 and 20 minutes...
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...
Start shopping for horse bridles, and you’ll soon discover that there’s a baffling array to choose from. While all bridles help you to direct your horse while riding, there are many different configurations. This quick guide will help you learn more about the parts of a bridle and the functions that they perform. What’s in a Bridle? The basic bridle is made up of three parts: a headstall, a bit, and at least one set of reins. If you’re brand new to riding, your instructor will choose the bridle that’s best for you – probably the same one the lesson horse wears most of the time. Whether you’re...
The spotted saddle horse is a light riding breed developed in the United States after the American Revolution. Colorful markings and a graceful, refined appearance are just two things to love about the breed. History of the Spotted Saddle Horse The spotted saddle horse breed was developed from short-statured, gaited pintos from Spain that were crossed with larger American breeds such as the Standardbred and Morgan. This mix increased the horses’ height while retaining both gait and desirable paint colors. After the Civil War came to an end, the spotted saddle horse breed was further refined....

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