Tack & Gear

Tips for Choosing Good Quality Leather Tack

By Anna Carner Blangiforti - Tack made from hides that were poorly tanned in caustic solutions, made from hides given bad dye jobs, made using leather cut from the stretchy belly portion of a hide, or made cutting any other manufacturing corners cannot be improved by after-market cleaners or conditioners. If you buy tack at a bargain price, be prepared to get what you pay for.

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By Ceileidh Sager - The cooler temperatures that accompany the arrival of winter should be a reminder that the season’s rain, wind, and snow can wreak havoc on your tack. Saddles, bridles, and other leather equipment represent important investments, and preventing leather from cracking, drying, or becoming moldy is crucial to its longevity. Here are some guidelines for keeping your tack in tip-top shape throughout the winter.

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You’ve taken your bridle apart for a thorough cleaning and notice that the leather seems squashed and the edges are a little cracked where the rein ends wrap around the bit rings. Is it time for a new pair of reins or are these good for a while longer?

Saddle Pad Dust Patterns & Saddle Fit

By Jochen Schleese - When it comes to using saddle pad dust patterns to determine saddle fit, the dirt should accumulate in the areas of the saddle pad that experience the most movement: at the front of the saddle (where the shoulder moves up and back) and at the back (where horse’s back swings). No dirt should show in the areas where the saddle doesn’t come in contact with the horse’s back, such as the gullet or at the transition between sweat flap and panel.

Getting a Good Blanket Fit

By Laura Neufeld - Similar to the way the spring sunshine starts the grass and flowers growing, our horse takes his cue from the decreasing daylight hours to start growing a warm winter coat, and starts “hairing up” up even while the weather is still warm. When the fuzzies start to grow, it’s time to consider your horse’s winter care and wardrobe options. Take the time to make sure your horse’s new blanket fits him to a tee, and provides him with the protection he needs.

Dont' Let Rain Ruin Your Good Leather Tack

By Anna Carner Blangiforti - If you ride far enough and often enough, the day will inevitably come when you're caught out in a drencher. When you get back to shelter, you'll scrape your horse and towel him down, then find yourself some dry clothes and something warm to drink. If you're smart, you'll also tend to your tack before the mud dries on and the leather dries out. Timely tack care can also prevent the blooming of mold and mildew problems which, once established, can become a major nuisance.

Understanding Bits

By Stan Walchuk, Jr. - Walking into a tack shop and looking at a wall covered with bits can send a neophyte bit buyer into a cold sweat. We can simplify types of bits by putting them into two categories: snaffle bits and curb bits.

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