Saddles

Saddleonline.com Horse Tack Bulletin #86 The Western Saddle By Joanne M. Anderson           An icon in American history, the western saddle came to the Old West via the Spanish vaqueros. The original, basic structure was subsequently modified to meet the demands of the working cowboy ~ heftier stirrups, the horn and skirts (side panels), for example. The stirrups accommodated another American symbol, the cowboy boot, while the horn was used for tying a calf to the saddle, and skirts prevented brush and branches from scratching the horse along the widest part of his sides.           Today’s...
What is the best saddle for me?  There are so many different types of saddle styles to choose from. Some saddles are designed for performance, others for rider's comfort, while others are designed with a specific tree for a particular type of horse. How do you know what saddle is right for the discipline you ride? What are the differences in each saddle? What are some things to consider before purchasing a saddle? Discipline Specific A good place to start your saddle search is if you know a particular discipline you may be focusing on. Saddles that are made for specific disciplines, ie...
What you need: wire (a wire hanger would work) paper or cardboard marker or writing utensil   Steps: Bend the wire over the horse's withers The wire will lay 2” behind the horse's shoulder blade. Bend the wire so that it lays over the horse's withers and against the horse's skin. Carefully remove the wire so that you do not bend the shape you had formed. Lay the wire onto the paper or cardboard and trace around the inside of the wire. Please note, depending on the size of your horse, you may need to use two sheets of paper. Once this is complete, you can fax us a copy of...
          To ride effectively, you need to find the correct size English saddle that is going to fit your body correctly. You want to make sure that your saddle allows your core muscles, legs, and arms to balance safely on your horse’s back while performing, training, or on the trail. A saddle that is too small for your body will push you forward and make you off-balance. This results in pulling your heels behind you and making your center of balance fall forward over the pommel. One that is too large allows your body to lean backward and pushes your feet out in front of your hips. Both are...
The history of the Western saddle is an interesting one, with origins that can be traced all the way back to the dark ages. When Moorish soldiers invaded Spain during the 8th century, they brought their unique riding style – and innovative tack – with them. Designed to stand up to the challenges of mounted battle, these saddles featured high forks and cantles for greater security, plus long stirrups that made it more comfortable to ride in full armor. This saddle – the precursor to the Western saddle of today – was soon adopted by knights and crusaders. From War Saddle to Stock Saddle...
While endurance saddles are designed for competitions in which horse and rider teams cover between 50 and 100 miles in a day, they are also the ideal choice for long trail rides. A gaited endurance saddle is specially designed to allow your gaited horse complete freedom of movement, ensuring he is able to offer his best performance while remaining comfortable and free from saddle sores. Here are some basic tips for choosing a western gaited endurance saddle that meets your needs. Features Start shopping for a gaited endurance saddle, and you’ll soon notice that the main feature is comfort for...
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...
Cowboy tack is all the same, isn’t it? This sentiment may have held mostly true in the past, but things have changed in the world of equestrian tack. Visit any of the western tack shops in your area, and you are likely to see quite a few specialty items designed to enhance performance during specific sports / riding styles. From barrel racing tack with lightweight, streamlined designs to trail saddles meant to offer support during long adventures, there are many innovations to choose from. Saddle pads were once very simple – and of course, you can still have a simple design if you want to....
Take a look at almost any rider on nearly any horse, and you’ll notice that there is quite a bit of equipment involved. Saddles, bridles, harnesses, halters, and other accessories are all part of the broader category known as horse tack. All of this may appear complicated to someone who is completely new to the world of riding, but the opposite is true: horse tack is fairly simple and straightforward once you learn a few basics and know what each piece is used for. A Head to Tail Look at Basic Horse Tack It’s true that some riders use specialized accessories, which we won’t be addressing here...
Basic horse tack offers safety and comfort while allowing horse and rider to communicate.
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

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