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          It can be a challenge to find the right outfitter to work with for all of your saddle and riding needs, but SaddleOnline provides you with the ultimate shopping experience. There are several different types of saddles and accessories available to you through SaddleOnline, including those for English, Australian and Western saddles. Whether you are shopping for beautiful show gear, riding and jumping gear or accessories that are suitable for ranch and work activities, you can find all that you need through SaddleOnline.   What to Expect from Western Saddle Accessories          ...
               Finding the right saddle fit can be a frustrating process. There are so many different measurements that have to take place in order to find the right saddle that is going to suit both you and your horse. For the horse measurement you need to measure his withers, his back length, as well as his body structure. For the rider, you have to first determine what type of saddle you will be using (i.e. Western or English). Once you know what type of saddle you will be riding/purchasing, you can then figure out the appropriate measurements that you will need for yourself! For the rider...
                Saddle cinches are one of the most important accessories for horseback riding. They are a key element to keeping your saddle tied down and to keep you, and your saddle, from sliding off your horse’s back! The front cinch rigging, also called the girth, is used to connect your saddle to your horse and to keep it secured onto his back. The back cinch rigging, also called the bucking strap, is used to add extra security and to keep the back of your saddle from popping up! Back cinches are only seen in western riding and they are most often used for endurance riding, speed events...
                Horse showing is a great way to have fun with your horse and to let your competitive side come out! Entering the showing circuit allows riders to show off their skills that they have acquired through riding and helps them to stretch their talent outside of the barn. Horse showing takes confidence, determination, as well as the proper attire. You want to make sure that you are properly dressed for the type of show that you entering and that you meet all the dress code regulations. For entering a horse show, here are some helpful tips to help you find the best attire that is...
                Participating in horse shows is a great way to have fun and test your skills out in the ring!  Just like in any other sport, horse showing takes dedication, hard work, and skill. Whether you are just starting out or in an advanced class, showing gives you the opportunity to put on a performance with your horse and show the audience what you can do. Even though horse shows are a lot of fun, getting ready for them can be very stressful! It is always a good idea to pace yourself with the show preparations, and not wait until the last minute to do everything. Here are some helpful...
             When you hear the word “Therapy,” what do you think of?  Some people might think that the word “therapy” refers to talking to a therapist about your problems or going to a therapist to fix a relationship issue. Others might associate that word “Therapy” with a hospital and how one would us therapy as a means to rehabilitate their body from a serious injury. But do you ever think about horses when you hear the word “Therapy”? Did you know that horses can be used as a therapeutic tool too? Equine therapy is a program that uses horses, as a therapeutic outlet, to help people with...
                Barrel racing is a Western timed, speed event that requires you and your horse to maneuver around three barrels as fast as you can. However, this sport isn’t just about speed. It is all about body control, concentration, and synchronization between you and your horse. Both horse and rider have to work together as a team in order to accomplish the task at hand. Otherwise, your race isn’t going to go well and you or your horse could get injured.   The Barrel Racing Setup:                 A barrel race is held within a closed arena, and it includes a starting line and three...
Step 1: Remove the Hobble strap from around the fender.                                                 Step 2: Slide the Blevins buckle up, freeing the fender from the holes.                                                                                          Step: 3: Insert the fender into a new set of holes.  This with change the overall length of the stirrups.                                 Step 4: Slide the Blevins buckle back down locking the buckle in place.                                                         Step 5: Buckle the Hobble strap back onto the fender...

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