Riding Gear

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Buyer's Guide to Lightweight Trail Saddles

Check out these lightweight, comfortable saddles specifically designed for trail and endurance riding.

Video: How to Fit a Western Bit

Justine Gandolfo of California shows how to achieve a comfortable fit of the bit for your horse and best control for you. Courtesy Bay Area Equestrian Network.

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Quick Fixes for Broken Tack on the Trail

Here is advice from the experts on the items to carry and how to use them to keep broken tack from ruining your trail rides.

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Inhibiting Mold and Mildew in Your Tack Room

Mold and mildew can have a devastating effect on your tack. Here's how to inhibit their growth in your tack room and protect your tack investment.

The halter is probably the most frequently used piece of equipment in your barn. Photo by Hunter Messineo

Heads Up on Horse Halters

Time for a little consumer consciousness about halters, the most commonplace piece of horse-control equipment. From EQUUS magazine.

Zippers on tall boots now extend all the way to the sole.

The Ups and Downs of Tall Zippered Boots

Shopping for stock tall boots shouldn't be a pain. From Horse Journal

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Talking Tack

A few minutes checking your equipment before you ride is an investment in safety.

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Soap Your Saddle

Use these tips to get your tack in tip-top shape. From America's Horse Daily.

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Freshen a Stinky Safety Helmet

Does your riding helmet smell like sweat socks? Here are several anti-stink remedies.

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Buying Your First Saddle

Juli Thorson tells us that in the unforgettable department, a first saddle, whether new or used, is right up there with a first kiss. The wonderment of it stays with you. (If you're still waiting for your first saddle, you?ll have to trust me on this.)

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Find a Safety Helmet That Fits

There are dozens of safety helmets on the market to choose from. The authors help you wade through the different shapes, sizes and special features to find the best one for you.

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Webinar: Bits and How They Function

Selecting the correct bit for a horse is dependent on a number of factors including the horse's level of training and the rider's experience level

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Western Saddle Buyer's Primer

Ready to shop for a Western saddle? Here?s a primer on how Western saddles differ by event discipline, plus a list of shopper resources and a handy seat-sizing chart.

Tack Room. Photo Cappy Jackson

What You Need to Know About Tack Safety

Accidents can happen around horses no matter how careful you are, but being careful is the first step toward preventing disaster, and that includes making sure your tack is in good repair.

Video: What to Wear When Working With Horses

This video from eXtension HorseQuest discusses the proper attire to be worn when working with horses.

Hat Shapes. Courtesy AQHA

How to Choose the Right Western Hat and Maintain It

In this article find out how to find a shape that best fits your interest, and then crease it to your own personal style.

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Test Ride That Westen Saddle

When you and your horse move together in comfort and support with a well-fit saddle, you've got harmony in motion. But if your saddle doesn't fit, it's like an uncomfortable shoe, leading to pain, imbalance and, in some cases, bad habits. Read this excerpt from The Western Horse's Pain-Free Back and Saddle Fit Book by Dr. Joyce Harman. From EquiSearch.com

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Western Saddle Art

Enjoy a celebration of the design, style and grace of the western saddle at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.

Reins Are Your Connection To Your Horse, So Choose Them Wisely

When you're riding, many of your signals to your horse go through the bridle reins.You want that to be a clear channel of communication.

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Fit Your Riding Helmet Correctly

These four tips will insure that your riding helmet protects your head.