By Richard Sacks of Equipedic
Loin rubs are a common problem with a variety of saddle pads in any discipline – but choose a discipline where you have friction for 50 or 100 miles, and you have an especially compounded problem. The Ride Camp forum on Endurance.net has discussed this many times every spring and fall. It can occur with just about any pad, but it seems to occur particularly during the early spring and fall/winter seasons when the horse’s coat is changing.
The consensus is that these pesky rubs can potentially be caused due to a number of reasons: (more…)
We’ve collected these wintery tips for you over a number of years of serving horse owners from varied backgrounds. Share your own tricks in the comments! (more…)
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There are so many perks as a horse owner working at a tack shop!
1. You get to try on all the new products.
2. Everyone is just as horse crazy as you are.
3. FREE SAMPLES!
One of my many schooling show adventures.
To say I stumbled upon the hunter world is an understatement. I didn’t grow up riding dead-broke hunter ponies, and I certainly never had the chance to show in jodhpur straps.
I started riding through a 4-H group, at the very old age of 9. In my early years, I dabbled in a little bit of everything – from western pleasure and trail riding, to gymkhanas and barrel racing. I rode mainly for fun, but each summer, I would force my father to hook up our rusty 2-horse straight load to our Toyota 4-Runner, and take me to a few small schooling shows.
It was here that I first discovered the english riding discipline. At these small events, they had both english and western classes, and I would watch from my comfortable, western saddle with awe at the muscular thoroughbreds and skilled riders. It wasn’t long before I was finding logs on my trail rides and somehow convincing my 22-year-old Quarter Horse to leap over them. So when someone at my barn was selling their old all purpose english saddle for a mere sum of $50, I saved up my money and bought it, unbeknownst as to what I was getting into. I was hooked! (more…)