Horse tack

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...
Do you frequently find yourself digging through every piece of horse tack you own, frantically searching for that one hoof pick, brush, or stray bell boot? If so, it’s time to organize your tack trunk. Sure, it started out looking tidy, but then things happened, you were in a hurry, and items eventually ended up all over the place. Here are some tips for cleaning and organizing your tack trunk – and keeping it neat so you never have to burrow through all those odds and ends again. Begin with a Clean Slate Start by taking everything out of your tack trunk. If it’s like most, it could do with a...
Organizing your horse tack keeps it looking new!
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
Horse tack for Western riding offers a distinct look. It’s often beautifully detailed, with showy conchos, interesting inlaid hair on hide embellishments, or even hand-painted designs. If you’re new to the world of Western riding, you might wonder exactly what to purchase. With the right horse tack, your Western riding ensemble will have a complete look, plus you’ll be safer in the saddle. Basic Horse Tack for Western Riding Basic horse tack for Western riding shares some similarities with English tack, however you’ll find some differences between the two when you take a close look. In this...
Western horse tack often has a pleasing, decorative appearance.
An improperly fitting saddle can be very uncomfortable to ride in. It can also negatively affect your riding position because it is difficult to sit properly in a seat that is too small or too large for you. Once you know your ideal saddle seat size, it is fairly easy to find a saddle that will fit you properly, regardless of your preferences in saddle type and style. English, Western and Australian saddle seats are measured in inches, though they are sized differently due to the shape of the seats. The most effective way to figure out what size saddle you need is to try sitting and riding...
  Saddle Care and Maintenance   Purchasing a saddle is a major investment. Learning how to take proper care of your new saddle will help you make the most of your new purchase for years to come.   How to Care for a Leather Saddle   In order to care for your leather saddle properly, you will need to purchase cleaning products that are especially designed for use on leather, such as saddle soap and leather conditioner.   Clean your saddle by applying a small amount of saddle soap onto a damp rag or cloth and then rubbing it gently onto the leather to remove any dirt on the saddle. Allow the...
Tacking up your horse for the first time can be a little bit intimidating for new riders. We have broken the process down into a simple step by step process to make things a little easier. Step 1: Make sure you groom your horse completely to remove all dirt and debris that may be stuck to his coat. When dirt and grime gets trapped under your saddle pad or girth, it can rub and create painful sores on your horse's skin. Step 2:  Place the western saddle pad on the horse's back, just covering the front of the withers. Make sure the saddle pad is even on both sides of the horse. Step 3:  Lift...
How to put a Bridle on Your Horse     It is essential for new riders to learn how to properly put both a saddle and a bridle on their horse. The bridle is a tool that consists of the headstall, bit and reins. It is used to allow the rider to direct and control the horse's movements. In order to be effective, the bridle has to be put on the horse correctly and properly adjusted to fit the horse's head.   Step One:   Brush the horse's head and face down with a face brush to remove any dirt or other debris that could become trapped between the bridle and the horse's skin during riding. Trapped...