Tight nose bands cause distress in horses

When I was growing up, nosebands were loose. In fact, many people didn’t bother with them at all. By the time I had bought Kroni, my Trakehner, it was difficult to find a bridle without a flash, and cranks were becoming more common. Kroni was always busy with his mouth, which was a problem for […]

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Susie Hutchinson and Samsung Woodstock foiled by jump crew

Sometimes those big jumper courses can get confusing . . . at least that was probably the excuse of the jump crew when they ended up standing IN FRONT of a jump that Susie Hutchinson and Samsung Woodstock were trying to jump in the 1993 Volvo FEI World Cup Final. I’m not sure what’s more […]

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Simply Red

Many years ago I shot a video for a client in Fort Worth, Texas. They knew I was an equestrian so they made sure to take me to the rodeo (where I saw my first reining horses and was blown away by them) and to ML Leddy’s a custom boot and saddlery shop. While I […]

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The Benefits of Beta Biothane

Last year, shortly after Zelda came to my barn, she broke my Micklem bridle. She did it while I was tacking her up by deciding to leave. She was slow and deliberate. She knew I couldn’t stop her (she’s large) and she kept going, stepped on the reins and the stitching broke. The bridle was […]

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Adjusting the ubiquitous flash noseband correctly

It seems to me like it’s almost impossible to buy a bridle without a flash attachment any more, especially a dressage bridle. I guess I’m dating myself, because I have a clear memory of when the opposite was true: the flash was a piece of equipment you added if it were needed, but most horses […]

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It’s hard to hunt without your bridle

I’m usually very organized during hunt season. I keep essentials in my trailer and I have spares of most of the truly important things. This morning, I broke with my routine and paid the price. When I looked in my trailer tack room this morning I found that my bit wasn’t clean enough. So, I […]

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Considering a Crown Dressage Bridle? Read this first.

Check out this review on Tack Guru by Jane C. at The Literary Horse if you are thinking about buying a Crown Dressage Bridle. If you’ve tried this bridle chime in and let us know about your experience.

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