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Proper fitting tack and its care is a key part of horse ownership. Horse Illustrated talks saddles, bridles, bits, saddle pads, horse boots, and more. We cover what you need for western, English, trail riding, and other disciplines. Topics include articles like: trail riding tack and gear, choosing the right bit/saddle/bridle, how to fit a saddle or bridle, parts of the saddle and bridle, how to get your horse ready to ride, how to host a swap, saddle fit mistakes, how to organize your storage trunk, how to clean and get rid of mold on your equipment, fitting a noseband for dressage, how to use a hackamore, and more.

Get the Right Western Saddle Fit

Riding your horse in a saddle that doesn’t fit you is at best uncomfortable and at worst dangerous for both…

1 month ago

Products for Equine Ergonomics

Equine ergonomics takes the applied science of ergonomics and applies it to horse tack and other products to design and…

3 months ago

Parts of the Saddle and Bridle

Test your skills on labeling the parts of the saddle and bridle for both English and western riding! Fill in…

3 months ago

My Saddle is Crippling Me: The Effects of a Poor-Fitting Saddle on the Rider’s Body

I pride myself on giving my pony the best of everything: a relaxed barn with ample turnout, regular bodywork, and…

11 months ago

Trail Riding Tack and Gear: Trail Essentials

Trail riding is a favorite among many riders. Don't go out unprepared. Have the right trail riding tack and gear…

1 year ago

English Bit Basics

The number of bits available are almost limitless. Most of us have a pretty hefty collection, and even then it’s…

2 years ago

How to Tack Up for Western Riding

You can ride western in a snaffle or curb bit, depending on what your horse goes best in. Your saddle…

2 years ago

How to Host a Tack Swap

All horse people have it: piles of tack, blankets and other equine gear they don’t use, but aren’t quite sure…

3 years ago

How to Organize Your Tack Trunk

By the middle of summer, your tack trunk or tack locker has probably become a bit of a mess—or, if…

5 years ago