Horse tack. What do you need for horse riding?

As horse owners, you know the importance of having the right horse tack. Whether you're just starting out or are a seasoned pro, it's essential to have gear that will keep you safe and help you perform your best.

What kind of horse tack do you need? It depends on what you do with your horse. Do you ride for leisure? A simple saddle, bridle and some riding apparel is probably all you need. Do you compete? Then there are many more products that can give you an edge over the competition.

In this post, we'll look at horse tack on the market today and how it can improve your riding experience. Stay safe and ride on!

WHY DO YOU NEED HORSE TACK FOR RIDING?

When you're riding, you need to be able to control the horse and stay safe. If you don't have the proper horse tack, you can't do either of those things. The horse tack helps you to stay on the horse and gives you the leverage you need to control it. It also protects you from getting hurt if you fall off or the horse bucks you off. That's why it's so important to make sure that you have everything you need from your favorite equestrian brand before you get on a horse.

IS horse tack EXPENSIVE?

It depends on what you need. If you are just starting, you can buy horse tack for affordable prices. But if you want to compete, you will need to invest in some good quality horse tack.

Horses are not cheap either and they require a lot of care and attention. So it all depends on your level of commitment and how much money you are willing to spend.

What HORSE TACK do you need

HORSE SADDLE

A saddle is a piece of horse tack placed on the back of a horse to enable riding. It is the main point of contact between horse and rider, and as such, plays a vital role in the horse's performance and the rider's ability to control the animal. It supports the rider's weight and provides a comfortable seat.

A properly fitting saddle is important for both the horse's comfort and the rider's ability to control the animal. Improperly fitting saddles can cause pain and injury to both horses and riders. It is an essential part of horse tack. 

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF SADDLES?

There are a variety of saddles available, each designed for a specific type of riding. The most common types are English and Western saddles.

English saddles

English saddles are the most popular type of saddle used in English riding disciplines such as dressage, showjumping, and eventing. They offer close contact with the horse and provide excellent balance and control.

Western saddles

Western saddles are the most popular type of western tack used in Western riding disciplines such as barrel racing, roping, and trail riding. They provide a more secure seat and offer greater comfort for long hours in the saddle.

The western saddles are composed of several parts: the tree, the seat, the flaps, the panels, the girth, the stirrups, D rings, the pommel, skirts, cantle and gullet. Read more about western saddles and all its parts in our saddle anatomy blog.

SADDLE BREASTPLATE

The breastplate is a piece of leather tack that is worn for western and english riding. It helps to keep the saddle in place and provides support to the rider's back and shoulders. Breastplates also help to prevent the saddle from slipping forward, and they can help keep the rider's legs from being pinched by the horse's sides.

Martingales breastplate helps prevent the animal from getting its head down too far. When the horse gets its head down, it can pull the rider forwards and out of the saddle. Saddle martingales help to keep the horse's head up by providing a gentle reminder to the animal when it gets its head down too far.

SADDLE CRUPPER

A crupper is a strap that goes under the horse's tail and attaches to the back of the saddle. The purpose of the saddle crupper is to keep the saddle from sliding forward on the horse's back. This is an important safety feature, as it can prevent the rider from being thrown off the horse if the saddle were to shift.

SADDLE PAD

A saddle pad is an important piece of horse tack. It is a piece of padding placed under the saddle that increases the safety and comfort.  Two common saddle pad types are English saddle pads and western saddle pads. English saddle pads are often made of wool to absorb the sweat. Western saddle pads are typically made of cotton or synthetic materials that are durable and easy to care for and are specifically for western saddles.  

It is important to choose a saddle pad that is the correct size and shape for your saddle. If the saddle pad is too big, it can cause the saddle to slip. If it is too small, it will not provide enough cushioning and may cause the animal to become uncomfortable. 

We offer unique, durable, breathable and fashionable saddle pads to keep your horse comfortable.

Read our How to take care of your saddle pad blog post to find out everything you need about saddle pads. 

STIRRUPS

The stirrups themselves are loops of metal that go around the rider's foot. It provides balance and support for the rider. It helps to keep the rider's feet in the proper position and helps to keep the rider in the saddle.

They are typically made of metal or leather and are attached to the saddle via straps called girths. They usually have a hole in the middle of them so that the rider can put their foot through the stirrup. This helps to keep the rider's foot from slipping out of the stirrup while riding.

We offer a variety of stirrups styles and colors

REINS

They are an important part of riding a horse. The rider uses them to control it and communicate with it. They are usually attached to the bit in the horse's mouth and run back to the rider's hands. Common materials for reins are plain leather, leather with grips, laced, plaited, or even rubber ones.

HEADGEAR

Headgear is a horse tack that is placed on the head to control it. The most common types of headgear are halters, hackamores, throatlash, and cheekpieces.

HALTER AND LEAD ROPE

A halter and lead rope are used to lead or tie the horse. They are usually made out of leather or nylon and have a headstall that goes over the horse's head. The halter is attached to a rope that the rider holds onto.

BRIDLES

They go around the horse head and are used to control it. They include the headstall holding a bit as well as reins that are held by the rider.

Have a look at our quality bridles.

BIT

The bit is a metal bar that is attached to the bridle and goes into the mouth. The horse can then be controlled by the rider.

HACKAMORES

Hackamores are similar to bridles, but have a noseband instead of a bit to control the horse.

THROATHLASH

Throat lashes are straps that go around the horse's neck and are used to help keep the head in place.

BROWBAND AND CHEEKPIECE

Browbands and cheek pieces are used to keep the bridle or halter in place on the horse's head.

Choose from any of our browbands.

NOSEBAND

A noseband is a strap that goes around the horse's nose and is used to control it.

BLINKERS AND BLINDERS

Blinkers and blinders are pieces of headgear that are used to help control the horse. They are placed over the eyes and help to keep it focused on the task at hand. 

BRUSHING BOOTS

Horse boots are an essential part of horse tack. Brushing boots are horse boots that protect your horse from leg injuries. These injuries can be caused by impact after a jump or by a knock from opposite legs or hoofs. There are many types of specialized boots for various specific activities. 

Have a look at our selection of brushing boots to protect your horse and increase its comfort as much as possible.  

BELL BOOTS

Bell boots are a type of horse boot that helps to protect the feet. They are usually made of a tough rubber or plastic material and have a bell-shaped design that covers the entire hoof. Bell boots are often used to prevent a horse hitting his front heels with the toes of his back feet. They can be worn while riding or in the paddock. 

Have a look at our selection of bell boots and give your love the protection it deserves. 

TENDON BOOTS

Tendon boots are designed to protect the front legs from strikes by the hind hooves. They are designed from a hard-wearing shell which increases the leg protection after a jump. This makes them ideal for showjumping and cross country disciplines.  

FETLOCK BOOTS

Fetlock boots are suited for hind legs. They protect the horse from bruising injuries. 

HOOF BOOTS

Hoof boots protect hoofs in aggressive terrain by absorbing shocks. 

Travel boots are used when you transport your horse. They can cover a large area of legs preventing them from knocks or impacts in the trailer during the transport.  

Other common types of boots are cross country boots, dressage boots or stable boots. These are designed for specific horse activities. All of them have one basic purpose, to protect your horse’s legs and increase their comfort. 

RIDING APPAREL for horse owners

RIDING PANTS

Riding pants are specifically designed for riders. They are usually made out of a sturdy material such as denim or leather and have padding in the seat and legs to protect the rider from being chafed by the saddle.

RIDING BOOTS AND PADDOCKS

Horse riding boots are made out of a soft, flexible material that is comfortable for the rider and helps to protect the feet from being chafed by the stirrups.  

Paddock boots are a type of riding boot that is shorter than a regular riding boot. They are usually made out of leather and have a soft sole that is comfortable for the rider.

HELMET

A helmet is a must-have tack in most sports and horse riding is not different. Protecting your head is essential in horse riding.

SAFETY VEST

The vest protects the rider from spine injuries in case of a fall.

EQUESTRIAN GLOVES

Equestrian gloves protect riders' hands from being chafed by the reins.

CROP

A crop is technically a whip. It is usually made out of leather or nylon and has a handle that the rider holds onto. The end of the crop is usually made out of a soft material such as fleece or sheepskin. Rider uses it to guide and control the horse.

SPURS

Spurs are worn on the rider's boots and are used to cue the horse to move forward. They are usually made out of metal and have a sharp point that presses into the horse's side.

You can select from our functional and esthetic spurs.

CHAPS OR HALF CHAPS

Chaps or half chaps are worn over the rider's boots. They help to protect the rider's legs from being chafed by the saddle or from being scratched by the horse.

GROOMING TOOLS

Grooming tools are used to take care of the horse while it’s not being ridden. . 

HORSE BRUSHES

A horse brush helps to remove mud and straw from the horse's coat. There are specialized brushes used for the horse's back, belly or head, and face.

MANE AND TAIL COMB

A mane and tail comb can remove tangles from the horse's mane and tail. 

HOOF PICK

A hoof pick is used to remove dirt and stones from the horse's hooves.

CURRY COMB

A curry comb is used to remove dirt and mud from the horse's coat. It has short, stiff bristles that massage the horse's skin and help to stimulate blood flow.

SWEAT SCRAPER

A sweat scraper is a tool that is used to help remove sweat and water from the horse's coat. 

FLY SPRAY

The fly spray helps to keep flies off of the horse. It is usually made out of an insecticide and water. It is applied to the horse's coat with a sponge or brush. 

FEEDING EQUIPMENT

Feed pan for individual feeding. Feed container to hold feed. Water trough or large water buckets to keep your horse watered. 

BARN AND PASTURE EQUIPMENT

Pitch fork, manure fork, stable broom and wheelbarrow are important barn tools that keep the horse’s home clean and healthy.

What horse tack do you need?

Depends. Most important factor is your prefered riding style. Are you planning to engage in barrel racing? Then you need western saddles and other western tack. Is show jumping your discipline? English riding equipment would suit you. Are you riding only for your own pleasure? Pair of boots from our shop and few pieces of other equipment will do.

Conclusion

Wow! That is a lot of horse tack. And you're probably thinking "a lot of money too". Don't be afraid. You don't need to purchase all the horse tack from top equestrian brands. Have a look at special offers in our collection. We carry various equine equipment like brushing boots, bell boots, browbands, saddle pads, stirrups, spurs and various apparel for riders. Browse our shop while our stock lasts.


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