When Your Chaps are Green and Fuzzy: How to Get Rid of Mold

When I was about 15 my parents bought me custom chaps for my birthday. I loved them, even though they stretched out. I never had them altered and, over the years, I came to find that they no longer seemed too large. In fact they are rather snug these days. I never wear them in […]

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Safe Haltering Can Save Your Horse’s Life

There was a post this morning on the Chronicle of the Horse Forums about a school horse that died after his nylon halter was caught on a hook in his stall. Unfortunately, I’ve known more than one horse that died due because they were turned out in a nylon halter. Nylon halters are inexpensive and […]

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Tips for Buying a Used Saddle

Buying a used saddle is an excellent strategy for getting better quality for less money. It used to be that you were limited in your choice to local ads or local tack shops, but with tack shops now posting saddles on line and many people selling through eBay, your choices are many! However, if you […]

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The Importance of Saddle Fit

  I’m continually amazed by how much money people spend on saddles that don’t fit. I frequently see saddles that sit right on a horse’s spine or that are so narrow that they look perched above a horse’s back. Sometimes there are several pads under the saddle. I’m sure the rider’s intention was to make […]

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Master Saddlers Find No Advantage to Treeless Saddles — but is the Study Worthwhile?

An article in the UK on-line magazine, Your Horse, has published an article about treeless saddles that has a lot of people talking, No Advantage to Treeless Saddles. The Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) in England has conducted pressure testing to see if treeless saddles have an advantage over traditional saddles with trees. There conclusion […]

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On the Bit(less) Bridle: A Comparison

I have nothing against riding a horse in a bit. In fact, until recently, it wasn’t even an issue. I’ve ridden all my horses in some form of snaffle and never thought much about it. For my Trakehener gelding, bits have always been an issue. During the 12 years that I’ve owned this horse, I’ve […]

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