Category Archives: Horse Tack

Mechanics of Spade Bits

Originally posted 2012-06-21 08:10:38.

Stable Tips and Tricks – Cleaning Your Tack and Equipment

Cleaning your tack and equipment comes with the territory of riding. If you ride, western or English or drive, you should clean your tack and equipment. Sometimes it seems like a chore but in the long run, it’s worth it.

Tip 1

  • After removing the bridle dip the bit in the horses water bucket. I learned this from a friend who rode several horses a day and cleaned tack for every horse every ride. This prevented any build up on the bit to dry before she had a chance to rinse it off
  • I like this idea because before you even get to the tack room the bit is already clean! Make sure, however, to use the horses water bucket. Do not dip it in another horses bucket in case of contamination.

Tip 2

  • Before removing your saddle, wipe the saddle off while it is still on the horse! I saw this done several years ago by a seasoned rider who hated being in the tack room. She had her sponge and cleaner in the aisle way with her and cleaned and wiped off her tack before she removed it off the horse! How clever is that?
  • Using spray on saddle soap made things easy as well. The tack is at a convenient level. There is plenty of room and you get your horse used to the spray bottle sound!

Tip 3

  • Brush off polo wraps, boots, bandages before you remove them from your horse’s legs. After doing this for so many years it is just a habit for me now. I started doing this after one particular ride my white polo wraps were covered in dirt. I really didn’t want to have to wash them again so I brushed the dirt off while they were on my horse’s legs. I used them again and again. It increased the amount of use between washings.

Equipment can be an expensive part of your horse budget. You should clean your tack because:

  • It lasts longer. – Taking care of your equipment, leather in particular, provides it with much needed moisture and protection. Feeding your leather with the proper products will ensure that it lasts in good condition for a long time. Unclean and ill maintained tack will crack, split and be unuseable.
  • It looks better – It is a great site to see clean and gleaming tack ‘put up’ in the tack room. You feel good about it and it enhances the look of your horse.
  • It feels better – The leather itself will feel soft and pliable. The buckles are effortless to do up and the leather is easy to manage.
  • You learn to know your tack. – When you are cleaning and checking your tack it is the perfect opportunity to ensure if any repairs are needed. This means checking for poor stitching, split or worn out leather. Think of it as an opportunity to review your equipment.

Riding and cleaning tack go hand in hand. After a lifetime of riding I should know. I remember going to my High school Graduation and the photographer told me to hide my hands (they were dirty from tack cleaning and I had a show the next day) Stay tuned for more Stable Tips and Tack Cleaning information.

I own and operate local stable, teach lessons and am a Senior Juddge. If you would like more information contact me at thistleridge@hotmail.com. Also visit http://www.thistleridge.wordpress.com/ for more horsey related topics!

Originally posted 2012-06-17 08:06:28.

Find All of The Things on Your Horse Blanket Wish List Right Here

WeatherBeeta blankets may well be one of the most important investments you can make in your horse’s attractiveness and good health.

When thinking about what horse blanket/rug features are most important to you, why not write them down in list format. You are likely to find that WeatherBeeta horse blankets and rugs have the majority of, if not all of, the features you want.

Let’s look at some of the top reasons for the brand’s popularity as we go down the list of WeatherBeeta’s blanket features.

Remember that, in addition to other great features, WeatherBeeta turnout/paddock rugs/blankets are waterproof, breathable and are made with taped seams, Ripstop and ‘Repel Shell.’

So what does each of these features mean to your horse?

1. Waterproof

WeatherBeeta rugs/blankets have an outer fabric that is 100% waterproof in order to ensure long-term durability. This helps to keep your horse dry and, therefore, healthy.

2. Breathable

‘Breathability’ allows sweat and moisture to pass through the blanket to the outside air, where it can evaporate, which in turn helps to keep your horse cool.

In addition, WeatherBeeta Rugs/Blankets are made up of a hydrophilic, (water-loving) coating on the inside of the fabric. This draws excess moisture to it. Temperature differences between the air inside and outside the blanket then force moisture outwards, helping to keep your horse dry.

3. Ripstop

Weatherbeeta’s fabrics ‘contain’ rips or tears. This is done through the modification of the warp and weft of the fabrics. The unique checkerboard look of their fabrics comes from the fact that the fabrics feature hundreds of small squares. In the event of a rip, these small squares contain the rip and stop it from spreading down the length of the fabric.

4. Taped Seams

WeatherBeeta blankets are manufactured with fully-taped seams, adding an important physical barrier to the seam and helping to keep moisture out.

Weatherbeeta notes that, occasionally, in extreme weather conditions, the sewn in areas of the Rug/Blanket (such as the tail flap and surcincles), which cannot be seam taped, may allow a small amount of water to enter through the stitch holes.

Taped seams help to keep your horse dry, which, once again, equates to better health.

5. Detach-a-Neck

This special feature allows you to attach the neck for colder days and take it off on milder days, allowing your horse to be more comfortable.

6. Repel Shell

According to Weatherbeeta, “A number of our WeatherBeeta Rugs/Blankets feature Repel Shell.

This coating helps repel dirt and water while maintaining optimum breathable and waterproof qualities of the fabric.”

It’s easy to see that Weatherbeeta manufactures a broad and versatile line of horse clothing. You will find that their horse blankets come in just about every variety, size, color and style that you – or your horse – could want.

Most importantly, they are an economical means of protecting your horse from the elements, insects and so much more!

Carol D. writes reviews on many products, ranging from horse blankets and riding boots to clogs and backyard sheds. You can check out her latest website at Weatherbeeta Horse Blankets, where she provides information on horse clothing, including horse blankets, horse rugs and horse sheets. You will find reviews and buying information for other unique Weatherbeeta products for your horse at Weatherbeeta.

Originally posted 2012-06-15 08:04:05.

How to Find the Right Bits for Ponies

It can often be hard to find the right bits for ponies. It is hard for two reasons and these are that not only does the bit have to fit and be comfortable for the pony to wear but you have to consider how their young jockeys ride too.

If you have young children and are in the process of teaching them to ride, you will know that it is hard for them to understand how to ride ‘properly’ – that is to use their weight, seat and legs to control their ponies.

You will also know how young riders do have a tendency to pull on their pony’s mouths, use their reins to help them keep their balance whilst they are riding or how they can pull too hard on one rein which causes the bit to slip straight through their pony’s mouths. This can be a result of tension and nervousness on the part of the children as much as inexperience.

Unfortunately, the results can sometimes be disastrous for both the young riders and their mounts. It is a scenario that we have seen happen all too often and there are many ponies who take full advantage of the situation by unseating their jockeys when it does – and who can blame them when they are in discomfort or even pain?

There are some great bits for ponies on the market these days which are specifically designed to prevent this from happening, for example Neue Schule bits. The other thing to remember is that many young riders do tend to have heavy hands, so when choosing a bit for a pony, you must bear this in mind.

Of course you need to know that the rider will be able to stop the pony too, so finding a bit for ponies which is soft on the mouth yet gives enough control to the young rider is of paramount importance.

The most important thing about finding the right bits for ponies is to make sure that they actually fit them. The most common problem with bits for ponies is that often they are either too big or too small. The size and shape of the bit required will also depend a lot on their breeding and hence shape of their head and mouth. For example, a Shetland pony will have a very differently shaped mouth to, say, an Arab or fine Welsh Section B.

Keep in mind all these factors as well as the use of the pony (for example, some bits are not allowed in certain showing and dressage classes) and you will be well on the way to finding the right bit for your pony.

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Originally posted 2012-06-04 07:59:47.

How to Know What Types of Horse Blankets You Need for the Winter

If you have a horse you’ll be starting to prepare for the winter I bet, for those of you who haven’t got horses you’d be surprised just how early we need to prepare for the winter. Like clothes sales we can often get some fantastic winter products for the horses in the sale so it’s well worth a look earlier in the year to find the perfect items. Along with this you need to purchase feed, hay, straw and other bedding early in preparation for the winter.

If you’re unsure of what types of horse blankets to get for the winter I’ve written this article just for you. I hope you find this item of use to you.

Before you consider what different types of horse blankets you need you need to consider what the condition you’re working with are and what type of horse you have. A native pony will need far less to keep it warm than a fine thoroughbred or arab would need. To the same degree if you live in the highlands of Scotland you’ll need to protect your horse far more than those people in the south of England. The first step is just having basic common sense. Once you’ve decided this you then need to consider whether your horse will be living in or out over the winter, if it’s being bought in over night you’ll need to purchase stable rugs for then and you may not need so many out door ones.

If your horse is working hard throughout the winter you may have decided that it will need to be clipped. This will mean you definitely need to get a full neck rug. This will allow your horse to be completely covered. If your horse isn’t covered and it has a thick mane or is a native breed you may thing that a standard type will be perfectly fine.

I always recommend purchasing stable rugs even if you haven’t got a barn to put your pony into as it can always be doubled up under other ones to help keep your furry little friend warm in the coldest of months.

Don’t forget if they have a lot of natural shelter in the paddock they will be protected by some of the bad weather. Lastly don’t forget that there are always plenty of people at hand at any equestrian store if you should need some help

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I would recommend considering what types of horse rugs you need for the winter such as http://www.britishsaddlery.co.uk/rugs

 

Originally posted 2012-04-19 07:43:15.