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Tack and Gear

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...
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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...

Going Bitless

Photo: S.M./Shutterstock 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;...
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...
1. Tree Spread and Angle When viewed from the front, the spread and slope of the skirts should be an exact match to the shape of your horse. Any narrowing, especially in the area around the withers or behind the...

5 English Saddle Fit Mistakes

Good saddle fit can help your horse do his job comfortably and well. Fit is crucial for any type of saddle, but English saddles distribute the rider’s weight over a smaller panel area than western saddles, so a precise...
  Ask marine biologist Jen Dushane how she keeps her horses warm during Alaskan winters and she’ll tell you about the "insulation value” of a horse’s coat and the importance of keeping them dry. When a horse grows a long...
By the middle of summer, your tack trunk or tack locker has probably become a bit of a mess—or, if you’re like most of us with lots to do and not enough time, a HUGE mess! It may seem...
Nothing makes me cringe more than seeing tack that was once nice lying in a dirty heap on the bottom of the tack room floor, piled high with dust and bits caked with dried hay and slobber. So, to...
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