English saddle

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
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...
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...
Watch an equestrian event, and the odds are good that at some point you’ll witness riders in English saddles taking their mounts over a variety of horse jumps. Whether you’re simply curious or are perhaps interested in learning to jump, you’ll find this guide to the most popular types of horse jumps is a good place to begin. Bank Banks are jumps that go from one level to another. A bank can be approached from the uphill or downhill side. The uphill approach is safer and easier for the horse to navigate. Bounce Bounces are horse jumps consisting of multiple fences with no room for the horse to...
There are many different types of horse jumps!
Getting a new horse is exciting! Before getting your first horse, be sure that you’ve got all the essentials in place. That way, you’ll be ready to welcome your equine companion home and keep him feeling and looking his best. Here, we focus on horse supplies, so you have items on hand when you need them. Feeding and Watering If your new horse will be boarded, you may not have to pay much attention to supplies for keeping him fed and hydrated. If he’ll be living on your property, be sure that you have a feed tub and a water trough, both of which you’ll find at your local farm supplies store....
Caring for your equine friend is easier with the right horse supplies.
When it comes to choosing horse gifts, the options are limitless. Where to begin? In this quick guide, we’ll provide you with a whole barn full of ideas that are sure to put a smile on any horse lover’s face. Horse Gifts for Kids When it comes to horse gifts for girls, you’ll find that just about anything pink satisfies. A matching halter and lead rope fits in a box and is an easy way to hint that there’s a new pony or horse waiting outside, and for those girls who already have an equine companion, a new western or English saddle pad makes a thoughtful gift. Want to go all out? Consider a...
  “English” is a very broad term for a style of riding that really has many variations. Just like how within “Western” riding there is barrel racing, show pleasure, trail, ranch work, reining, cutting etc, within the broad term of “English riding there are many subcategories also. Some of the main disciplines are Dressage, Show Jumping, Hunter Jumper, 3 Day Eventing and Saddle Seat. Each discipline has its own set of rules and standards, as well as ideal equine qualities. Dressage Dressage is an elegant, competitive sport, often called “horse ballet”. It has standardized progressive...
The Parts of an English Saddle       Learning how to correctly name and identify the parts of an English saddle is a basic part of learning to ride. All of the parts of the saddle serve a function that helps make the saddle comfortable and effective.   Pommel: The pommel of the saddle is the area at the front of the saddle where the bars and the gullet of the tree come together. Cantle: The cantle forms the back of your English saddle. It is also the back of the seat. It is turned up slightly on most models in order to help support the rider. Seat: The seat of an English saddles is...