If you are figuring up the cost of buying a horse and haven't added in the cost of tack, you will need to reevaluate your budget. Horse tack is an essential part of owning a horse, whether you plan to ride your horse for pleasure or compete in equestrian sport events. Tack doesn't just allow you to control your horse. It also helps protect you so that you can enjoy riding horses more safely...
Jan 18, 2006, 15:48
Horse Riding Apparel
Do you picture yourself riding barefoot on your galloping horse with the wind blowing through your hair? If so, you may want to reconsider your riding apparel. Although it may not be quite as comfortable and relaxed as going barefoot and hatless, some riding apparel is designed to keep riders safe so that they can continue to enjoy those refreshing morning gallops...
Jan 18, 2006, 15:41
Buying Guide to Tack for Training a Horse
If you want to successfully train a horse, you should consider adding some special equipment to your tack room. While you may be able to make do with the tack you already have, training will be much more challenging without the right tools. At a minimum, you should have a halter, a lead rope, a bridle, a bit and a saddle. If you want to work with your horse while you are on the ground, you will also need a longe line, a longeing cavesson, a longe whip, and a good pair of leather gloves...
Jan 18, 2006, 15:24
Buying Guide to Saddles
While most people realize they will need a saddle to ride their horses, they may not be aware of all the reasons why they should use a saddle instead of riding bareback. Saddles are often more comfortable than riding bareback, since many horses have bony backs. A saddle also is safer than riding bareback, since the stirrups and pommel provide some support for beginning riders. For Western riders, saddles are like an extra hand, since the saddle horn can easily be used to hold ropes...
Jan 18, 2006, 15:23
Buying Guide to Horse Blankets
Since horse blankets are used for so many different reasons, it shouldn't be surprising for you to find that there are several different types of blankets. It is important to use a horse blanket to cover your horse while he is cooling down. Of course, horse blankets are also essential for sheltering horses from harsh weather or protecting them from horseflies and gnats...
Jan 18, 2006, 15:20
Buying Guide to Harness
If you want to have your horse pull a cart, a wagon or even a sleigh, you will need one important piece of tack, the harness. A harness connects your horse to the cart or other conveyance and gives you a way to control the horse. There are several harness models, from standard driving harnesses to harnesses for horses that compete in sulky races. Of course, just like with other types of tack, you can find leather or nylon harnesses...
Jan 18, 2006, 15:18
Buying Guide to Halters
The halter is the first piece of tack most horses ever wear and usually the only piece they still wear after they are retired to the pasture. Halters are important because they can help horse owners control their animals in any number of situations. All halters basically have the same style. However, you can find halters in a range of prices, from budget friendly nylon to the more expensive leather models...
Jan 18, 2006, 15:15
Buying Guide to Bridles
You may be able to ride a horse without a saddle, although it isn't the safest idea, but few people can control their horses without a bridle. The bridle is designed to connect the bit in a horse's mouth with the reins in the rider's hands. This enables the rider to signal his horse to stop or turn...
Jan 18, 2006, 15:13
Buying Guide to Bits
If you want your horse to go where you want to go when you are riding him, then you will need to use one essential piece of equipment, the bit. The bit is basically a metal bar that sits in the horse's mouth and hooks to the two sidepieces of a bridle. When you tug gently on the reins, the bit applies pressure to the horse's mouth, so he knows that you want to stop or turn. Of course, there are two distinct bit styles, one for Western riders and one for English riders. Within these styles, there are also different bits, since sometimes a certain bit does not work as well as another one...
Jan 18, 2006, 15:09
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