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Tack

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.

Finding the Perfect Saddle Fit for Your Horse

Identifying the proper saddle fit for your horse can prolong his career and improve quality of each ride. By fitting…

2 weeks ago

Using Romal Reins to Improve Communication

A staple piece of tack for many West Coast western riders, romal reins can be a bit of a mystery…

6 months ago

Demystifying the Double Bridle

Riders transitioning to the double bridle for dressage or saddle seat classes can find it intimidating at first to handle…

8 months ago

To Bit or Not to Bit?

The idea of riding without bits isn’t new, but the idea gains momentum as many horses are ridden for pleasure…

9 months ago

How to Clean Your Tack Room

In many regions, horse owners spend less time riding in the winter, abandoning their tack rooms in a state of…

1 year ago

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…

2 years 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…

2 years 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…

2 years ago

Take the Reins: The Ins and Outs of 4 Common Types of Western Reins

Reins are the key to communicating with your horse from the saddle. Used to cue and control direction and speed,…

2 years 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…

2 years ago