Tack & Gear

Waterproofing Horse Blankets

With Susan Barron - No blanket stays waterproof forever. After it's been well used for a few years, the waterproofing will wear off. You'll know it's time to re-waterproof when you notice wetness along the midline of the horse's back and croup.

Saddle Fit for the Rider - Men vs. Women

By Jochen Schleese, CMS - Aches in the hip and lower back areas are very common in women equestrians because they are often riding in saddles that have been built for men. Because a woman’s pelvis is different from a man’s, women riding in a “male” saddle may face back, knee, hip, and pelvic pain and experience difficulty maintaining proper position and posture in the saddle.

Horse Boots, Bells, Bandages

By Melanie Huggett - No matter which discipline you watch, top performers can often be seen using boots and wraps on their horse’s lower legs. More than a fashion statement, boots and wraps help protect the tissues of a horse’s leg and support the leg structures such as tendons, ligaments, and joints.

Restoring Vintage Western Saddles by Alain Eon

Alain Eon’s passion for vintage saddles began in 1969 during his six month stint working on a ranch in Wyoming. Just 22 years old, he had left his native France to fulfill his childhood dream of being a cowboy and experiencing firsthand the culture of the Old West. One day, the ranch boss asked Eon to clean a collection of old saddles that were being stored in the tack room. “Discovering the fantastic work of the saddle makers of the past century,” says Eon, “I was immediately conquered, and that passion never left me.”

Show Season Makeover: Dress for Success!

By Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - It’s that time of year again...time to start thinking about ways to improve your turnout for competition in the coming show season. We asked readers to send in photos of themselves and their horses decked out in their best show duds for our equestrian fashion experts to critique. Here’s what our experts had to say.

Blanketing Horses in Cold Weather

By Lynn Baber - Whether you live in the balmier south or frigid northern slopes, you may wonder when, or if, you should provide your horse with equine clothing. Many horses do need a little help, especially when you try to keep their winter hair coat to a minimum.

Choosing the Right Bit for Your Horse

By Lindsay Grice - As the conformation of every horse’s mouth will vary, it’s helpful, once you’ve determined the family or general type of bit, to try it for a few days to see how your horse responds. Unfortunately, this can become an expensive process and most horse owners have quite a collection of “experiments” at the bottom of their tack boxes.

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