Western

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Step 1: Take the cinch and attach the buckle to the off billet.                               Step 2: Loop the latigo strap through the buckle of the cinch on the opposite side.                                Step 3: Loop the latigo strap a second time through the cinch buckle. Step 4: Take the end of the latigo strap and bring it across the front of the cinch buckle.         Step 5: Loop the latigo strap around the opposite side of the cinch ring; creating a loop of strap in the front of the cinch buckle.                           Step 6: Take the end of the latigo strap and pull it...
Have you ever dreamed of being a cowboy of cowgirl?  Then you have found a way to keep the western tradition alive in the western sport of Cowboy Mounted Shooting.    In the traditional spirit of the Old-West, Cowboy Mounted Shooting was established in the 1990’s so that horse enthusiasts could enjoy the competitive nature of shooting sports while mounted on horseback.  The Cowboy Mounted Shooting has be garnering more and more attention in recent years.  The object of the sport is to shoot at 10 balloon targets while riding a challenging course of patterns.  This is a speed event so the...
Western Quarter Horse
Northwood Saddlery is a brand that manufactures high-quality handmade ranch and trail saddles.   Specializing in durable and sturdy saddles, Northwood Saddlery strives to create saddles that will last a lifetime.  Designers of Northwood Saddlery blend equal parts comfort and traditional style.   The saddle designs are classic, but the technology that goes into every saddle is innovative.  Northwood Saddlery is at the forefront be designing bio-mechanically sound saddles to suit your ranch and trial needs.  So if you looking for innovative comfort and fit with a classic look, then consider a...
Flash Saddlery is a brand that provides high-end handmade saddles for the western show ring and the barrel racing ring.  The Flash Saddlery brand saddles are designed by equestrians for equestrians.  Who better to know the fashion trends and desired features in a saddle then your fellow riders?  The saddle designs undergo an extremely strenuous testing before any saddle undergoes final production.  All Flash Saddlery saddles are designed and tested in the United States.    Flash Saddlery works on the forefront of saddle technology.  One can say that Flash Saddlery designers are the innovators...
          Have you heard other horse enthusiasts talking about gymkhana?  Have you ever wondered what gymkhana is?  In this article gymkhana is described and how to get involved in gymkhana is discussed.             Gymkhana is a term used to describe an equestrian event that consists of speed events. These events include barrel racing, pole bending, keyhole, keg race, and flag race. These competitions often center on children participation. Most gymkhana competitions are put on by young rider groups such as Pony Club or 4H.               In other parts of the US, this type of competition may...
Horse Pole Bending
The word hippotherapy is derived from the Greek word hippos, which means horse.  So hippotherapy literally means horse therapy.  This is a form of physical, occupational, speech, and language therapy that incorporates the horse.  Evidence shows that hippotherapy may date back to ancient Greece, however it became a formal treatment in the 1960’s.    The concept behind hippotherapy is that the horse’s movement aids in a certain physical responses from the rider.  The horse’s pelvis has a similar motion to a human’s pelvis when waking.  The horse’s movement provides physical and sensory data to...
Little Kid Riding Pony in Lesson
There are several different roping sports, the two most popular are team roping and calf roping.   Team Roping: Team roping can also be called heading and healing and is a rodeo event. There is a team of two mounted riders and one steer. The first roper is known as the header. The header is the horse and rider team that ropes the front of the steer, typically around the horns. The second horse and rider team is the heeler. Their job is to rope both hind feet of the steer. The run plays out like this. There is a barrier line across the horse and rider teams. The steer is attached to an easy...
cowboy roping a steer
The western sport of cutting is where a horse and rider are judged on their ability to separate and keep separate a single cow from herd of cattle. The cutting horse must possess the innate ability for “cow sense”. They are highly athletic, can turn sharply, and can respond quickly. The sport of cutting is open to any breed of horse, but the American Quarter Horse is the most preferred. During a run when a cow is separated from the herd and tries to return to the herd, the rider will loosen the reins and allow the horse to keep the cow separated. As a cow turns, the horse will turn with it....
          The western sport of reining is a competition where riders guide their horse through a pattern of circles, spins, and stops. Often called the western equivalent to dressage, reining became a FEI-recognized sport in the year 2000. Now the sport is competed worldwide, including at the World Equestrian Games. All the work that is done in the pattern is done at a lope and a gallop. For the challenging movements, such as the sliding stop and the spin, horse and rider must be harmoniously in tune with each other. Much like with dressage, the reining rider’s aids should not be easily seen...
Leather Horse Hand Carved Reining Trail 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...

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