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Western Show Saddles and Tack It is getting to be that time of year again! Time to brush off the winter woolies and get you and your horse ready for summer show season! Are you and your tack ready? The Western show world changes season to season with what is “in-style”, but there are some classics that just can't be beat.   Western Show Saddles If you are showing in Western Pleasure, Western Riding, Western Horsemanship and even some trail classes, you are going to need a show saddle. Western show saddles vary in color, but the most popular with AQHA seems to be very light oil saddles, with...
Flash Lightning Bolt Saddle
Many people have the misconception that Barrel Racing is mainly about going fast. While speed is a huge factor in running barrels, it’s only one piece of the puzzle. Like any other event, a solid foundation of collection, lightness and precise body control is required to run a good pattern. In Barrel Racing however, these foundational pieces are critical because you have mere hundredths of a second to control your horse at a high rate of speed. As with other events, the foundation needs to be perfected at slower speeds before progressing to faster speeds. If you want to Barrel Race, the first...
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The clothing requirements for showing in Western classes are pretty much the same across all breeds. Cowboy boots, jeans, belts, long sleeved shirts or jackets, and a cowboy hat are the base requirements for most shows. More formal shows may require chaps and a ties or scarves depending on the class. While the requirements are the same, what is different between breeds, and even classes within a breed, is the style of certain clothing items. For instance, cowboy hats used on the Arabian or Walking Horse show circuit have a different length and style brim than what is used by Quarter Horse...
Is your horse ready to show? Answering this question involves more than just knowing whether or not your horse can perform and win in an event. The first question to ask is what is your goal for your horse in competing? In asking this question, it’s important to be honest and realistic about your horse’s level of training and true potential. Is your horse green or has your horse been hauled a good bit? With a green horse, your goal may be just to get your horse out to see the sights. With a more experienced horse, your goal may be to test your horse’s progress or work on a known problem. Once...
Conditioning is the key to avoiding injuries in the competition arena. If your horse is prime condition, not only are they going to perform better but you’ll also avoid injuries that can come with the stresses of performing. Check with your vet first to make sure your horse is healthy and sound enough to begin a performance conditioning program. Your vet can help you determine what weaknesses your horse may have that may need special consideration. Ask your vet to give you a true assessment of your horse’s condition so that can develop a training routine. Conditioning is not only about...
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