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Bridleing a horse

English Bit Basics

The number of bits available are almost limitless. Most of us have a pretty hefty collection, and even then it’s just the tip of the iceberg. It can be a challenge to make a quick decision and pluck just...
Western horses are ridden in both snaffle bits and curb bits. Snaffle bits work via direct pressure while curb bits employ leverage. Young or green horses are typically started in a snaffle bit and should learn the basics...
You can ride western in a snaffle or curb bit, depending on what your horse goes best in. Your saddle should fit your horse comfortably, not rubbing on his withers. Western saddles typically have a simple cinch, but...
Horse wearing protective boots while jumping

Horse Boot Guide

Protective boots are a must-have for your horse or pony if you do athletic events like jumping and barrel racing, or if your horse’s conformation makes him interfere (bump his legs together) as he moves. Before putting any type of...
Most riders know how important it is to protect their head with a helmet. But for extra protection from other types of injuries, a safety vest, also called a body protector, is a useful item to add to your...
There are so many things to think about when you’re riding. Is my position correct? Is my horse moving right? But one big factor influencing your horse’s way of going that you may never have thought about is saddle...
Open front jumping boots

Boots for Horses

Your horse’s lower legs are the most injury-prone component of his conformation. From strained ligaments and pulled tendons to popped splint bones and bruised heels, there’s a nightmarish list of injuries simply one bad step away. Fortunately, there’s an...
All horse people have it: piles of tack, blankets and other equine gear they don’t use, but aren’t quite sure what to do with for fear of needing it years (and horses!) down the road. It’s time to take...
Chestnut horse in a bosal

Going Bitless

Metal and synthetic bits are long-established cornerstones of control, but they aren’t for every horse or rider. Some see bitless riding as the perfect expression of unity between horse and human. That doesn’t mean bits are inherently harmful; in...
I love a Rambo sheet. Stylish, functional and I feel like I’m outfitting them in some of the best gear available. But my field-boarded horse needs something versatile that can go from the Midatlantic’s cool rain to sunny and...
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