Side Pull Bridle

The side-pull or “breaking hackamore” is used completely without a bit. Generally, it is used when a colt is first broke to take a rider. It offers good lateral control without confusing him with a bit or damaging his mouth if hard pulls are necessary. The pressure is on the rope nose piece that can… Read More Side Pull Bridle

The Western Saddle: Saddle Pad

A saddle pad is used to protect a horse’s back during riding. It is usually thicker than a “saddle blanket” and often made of layers of wool, felt, sheepskin, or synthetic materials including gels. A saddle pad is designed to absorb shock, eliminate pressure points, and minimize your horse’s back fatigue. Equally as important, it… Read More The Western Saddle: Saddle Pad

A New Perspective on Saddle Rigging

Experimental research with a modified saddle tree suggests that moving the rider’s weight forward on the horse’s back improves performance. Of course, one question leads to another … but is the performance horse industry ready to accept a design change? In a thesis offered by Garry Acuncius and Megan Cooke, these questions are explored and… Read More A New Perspective on Saddle Rigging

The Western Saddle: Cantle

The cantle in the rear gives support to the rider’s back and buttocks. Too steep and it can bruise your back side or take too much room from the seat squeezing the rider forward and making it uncomfortable against the swells. Too shallow and it will give you no back support nor security in the… Read More The Western Saddle: Cantle

Leather Tanning

Tack Leather Tanning Hides are tanned to prevent rotting and to add suppleness. There are two main types of tanning: Chrome Tanning and Bark Tanning. Chrome tanning employs chemicals that can be detrimental to a horse when coming into contact with a horse’s sweat. Bark tanning uses only natural vegetable compounds. Latigo refers to a… Read More Leather Tanning

The Western Saddle: Breast Collar

A Breast Collar is used to keep the saddle from slipping backwards. Because it is also attached to the cinch, it may be part of a tie down or martingale attachment. Western work with cattle requires a sturdier, thicker breast collar than English riding, which uses thinner straps of leather. Usually attached to the saddle… Read More The Western Saddle: Breast Collar