Saddles

The offspring of a male donkey and a female horse is called a mule. The opposite combination of horse and donkey is called a hinny. Out of these two hybrids, the mule is easier to obtain. The build and size of a mule is largely dependent upon the dam (female horse). They can vary between lightweight, medium weight, or even in some cases heavy weight. A moderately heavy mule, called a “mammoth mule” is the outcome from a draft mare.  They share many characteristics of their donkey sires, such as a short thick head, long ears, thin limbs, narrow hooves, shape of neck and back, and short manes....
Black Western Mule Saddle
Are you looking to take your horse to a parade, then you need to follow these four simple S’s: Safety, Saddle, Style, and Smile.     Safety: Riding in parades can be very fun, but you do need to be prepared.  There are many safety factors that go into riding in a parade.  First and foremost, safety first: wear a helmet!  Anytime you ride a helmet can be a lifesaver, however when in parade it is that much more important.  Remember that you will likely be traveling on a road; a fall would not be very fun without a helmet.  Secondly, prepare your horse as well as possible to the environment of a...
The equestrian sport of endurance riding is a long distance race that is competed worldwide.  There are two types of long distance rides, the competitive trail ride and an endurance ride.  The competitive trail ride covers a distance between 15 and 40 miles per day.  The competitive trial ride can occur over the course of one to three days.  The ride is paced-timed, which means you must complete the ride as close to the objective time as possible to avoid penalty points.  The horse is evaluated on performance, criteria such as pulse and respiration, the way you handle obstacles, camping...
It's Show Time! And you need a saddle. The Western Show Saddle is designed to stand out! It is a saddle built on looks rather than hard work. These are very highly decorative saddles, that usually feature moderate to extensive use of silver trim on the skirts, cantle, horn, pommel/fork, and the stirrups. They usually contain a long and deep skirts which allow for additional silver and tooling. The tooling on show saddles is very intricate and usually covers nearly every inch. The seat of the saddle is padded or suede, which allows the rider more grip. This helps to create the picture that the...
Polo is commonly called the “Sport of Kings” is a worldwide sport that has garnered more attention in the last couple of decades.  Originally played in Persia, the sport of polo is now competed in such countries as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, France, Germany,  New Zealand, Mexico, Jamaica, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United Sates.  The object of the game is to score goals against the opposing team.  A goal is scored when a small ball is driven into the opposing team’s goal with a mallet.  The sport is played traditionally outdoors in a...
Buying a new or first saddle can seem like a daunting challenge.   Next to the purchase price of your horse this is most likely the most expensive piece of equipment that you will purchase.  In order to make this task less daunting, this article breaks done the factors and features of saddle buying and what to consider when purchasing one.   Discipline:   The first factor that you should consider is what riding discipline you are interested in partaking in.  You do not want to purchase a western pleasure saddle if you intend on jumping in the hunter ring or riding in the dressage ring. ...
Flash Lightning Bolt Saddle
Pleasure saddles like their name imply are designed so that horse and rider enjoy the ride. These saddles are designed with the idea that you will be spending hours in the saddle. They are designed thus to be extremely comfortable. The saddle seat is typically heavily padded for hours of enjoyment in the saddle. The cantle is of medium height and dished to provide better cushion, so long trail rides will to not lead to saddle sores. This is the lazy boy version of the western saddle. They are typically lighter in weight than the traditional western ranch work saddle, which makes it easier on...
Do you have a need for SPEED! Then you have found it in the sport of barrel racing. Barrel racing is a rodeo event in which horse and rider cover a clover-leaf pattern around three barrels. While youths and men do compete in this sport, it is predominately a sport competed by women. The purpose of the sport is to complete the pattern in the fastest time possible without knocking the barrels over. This requires perfect horse and rider timing around these tight turns. Barrel racing horses need to be fast, strong, agile, smart to maneuver the course and arc the barrels. To compete in barrel...
barrel racing horse
Featuring: Western Pleasure / Trail Saddle           The western pleasure/trail saddle is designed for riders who are intersted in a pleasure riding and trail ridding. This saddle is also great for beginner or novice riders, as the deeper seat offers security as well as comfort. The Seat           The western pleasure/trail saddle is designed with long hours in the saddle in mind. The seat is typically padded and the depth of seat ranges from medium, to a deep seat. The Position          A pleasure-trail saddle will place the rider in a position that is relaxed and comfortable. The...
          The Australian Stock Saddles are designed for long, endurance, pleasure trail riding,   With a design that is half English saddle and half western the Aussie saddle combines the best of both worlds. Cantle-Horn       One major difference in an Australian saddle is the depth of the seat.  With a high pommel, with or with out the horn, and a high cantle this type of saddle really holds you in your seat.  Knee Pad      To aid further in that are the knee pads.  These "pads" are designed to be about 3/4 of an inch above your thigh as you are riding.  They are just another feature that...

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