How to fix a broken halter crown

Halter Repair: How to Fix a Broken Horse Halter Crown – An Easy No-Sew DIY

Because Hawk Hill has frontage on a busy road in a suburban area, I have my horses wear leather halters 24/7. I once watched the comical-had-it-not-been-so-scary struggle of a highway patrol officer trying to secure an unhaltered horse running loose on a highway and that experience convinced me that having a fast, secure way to catch…

How to improve your riding by listening to what your body is telling you about your seat

Healing & Preventing Saddle Sores from Horseback Riding

When people use the word saddle sores they might mean two different things: either sores that develop on riders due to sensitive skin being irritated during riding or sores that develop on a horses body underneath the saddle. This article will deal with this issue when it comes to riders, for information on dealing with…

Training a horse to neck rain is a simple series of training exercises that any rider can teach their horse

How To Teach a Horse to Neck Rein

  What is Neck Reining? There are many ways to cue your horse when riding. One of the most popular ways, unique to the Western style of riding developed in the United States, is called neck reining. Neck reining is in some ways the “opposite” of what is called direct rein riding. In direct-rein riding,…

Learn how to properly tack up a horse

What is “Tacking Up” A Horse and How to Do It

The equestrian world has a countless amount of its own specific language, one of the most common confusing statements is “tacking up” and “untacking”. This phrase, common jargon of horse people and used across essentially all disciplines of riding, can be especially confusing. People who work around horses often have a bad habit of using…

how to restore fleece saddle pads from clumped to plush

1 Quick Tip to Clean and Restore Matted Fleece Saddle Pads

Nothing makes a horse and rider look smarter than a tidy, well-groomed turnout and a bright white fleece saddle pad under your saddle. Fleece saddle pads are popular, affordable, and in some competitive disciplines are considered the “correct” tack for showing. The Problem: Clumped and Matted Fleece The problem with fleece saddle pads- both genuine…

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How to Use a Bridle with Full Cheek Snaffle Bit and Keepers

  Full cheek snaffle bits are popular in both English and Western riding. They are allowed and legal for most horse sports including the AQHA and USDF dressage competition (the latter being one of the most dit-restrictive horse show organizations). In 2009 I had the opportunity to visit a stable in Germany where the Olympian…

Learning the parts of an English saddle is an important part of riding

All About English Saddles

All About Billet Straps on an English Saddle This photo shows the part of an english riding saddle known as the “billets”. The billets are three straps underneath the top flap, on each side. The billets are the anchor to which the girth is tied. The billet straps are securely attached to the tree (what…