Saturday, May 15, 2021

Tack Cleaning Tips for When You’ve Really Got to Make it Sparkle

BY JESS CLAWSON Maintaining proper daily maintenance for your tack means that when it’s time to really deep clean it, whether for a big horse show or Pony Club turnout inspection, you’re working from a...

Breaking Traditions to Be a Better Rider

BY IRENE ELISE POWLICK There is no question that equestrian sport is deeply rooted in tradition. In the hunter/jumper world, everything seems rooted in tradition. Why do we mount only on the left side? It was...

Wool vs Foam Flocking: What Does It Mean for Your Saddle?

BY BRITTANY BIRD So, you’re shopping for a new saddle, and as you sip your morning coffee while researching different types, you stumble across the foam vs. wool debate.  Some of your friends are all about the sleek,...

How To Care for Your Tall Boots

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM It’s no secret that a pair of quality tall boots is a significant, albeit necessary, investment. With the base price of a quality off-the-rack boot often beginning somewhere around the thousand dollar mark, it...

Everyday Tack Maintenance: How to Keep Your Tack in Good Shape

BY JESS CLAWSON I like tack cleaning, but don’t always have time to clean my tack to the extent that I’d like. Back when I had an office job I could stop thinking about after...

Tips for Looking Your Best on Horse Show Day

BY JESS CLAWSON Horse show days are exciting, if sometimes stressful. We’ve put in so much effort to get there that we don’t want anything to go wrong. I believe that feeling great about how...

How to Oil a New Saddle

BY CORI MCGRAW So you’ve just purchased a brand new saddle or have been fortunate enough to receive one as a gift (you lucky duck, you!). Now what?  While some manufacturers will pre-oil a saddle for you (often at an...

Talk Shadbelly To Me: What Top Derby Riders are Wearing

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Shadbellies are a bucket list apparel item for many equestrians. They signify a formal, big event like a hunter derby or classic. Riders on all different levels dream of cantering around with...

Relax With These Perfect Barn Organization Photos

We all have grand plans, but sometimes life gets in the way. At least that's how I feel about keeping my tack trunk organized. There are always 1,000 things to accomplish at the barn,...

10 Things Every Rider Needs in their Barn Bag

This year, never be caught unprepared - make sure your barn bag is packed and with you at all times!  Here are 10 items we think every rider needs in their barn bag to keep...

Battle of the Burgundy: What Coat Colors Belong In The Hunter Ring?

BY LAUREN MAULDIN There's a lot going on in our sport right now. Indoors just wrapped up, and people are looking forward to winter circuits. SafeSport is a hot topic, with everyone going through their...

What Are Those Horse Masks in the Jumper Ring?

The jumper ring is often one of innovation. More than just blinged out bonnets and colorful jackets, it’s a place to see some of the latest tack in our sport.  Lately, you may have noticed...

Riders Working the Rust Breeches Look

Love them or hate them, rust breeches are a real trend with a strong following. These vintage-look breeches even at one point had their own dedicated active Facebook page, "Bring Back RUST Breeches." For those...

Beautiful and Easy Ways to Display Your Ribbons

BY ASHLEY SHAW Over many years of horse showing, equestrians can accumulate countless amounts of ribbons. Sadly, the reality is that most of these elegant, hard-earned ribbons end up in storage containers and plastic bags...

Is Your Saddle Rack Damaging Your Horse’s Back?

BY HOLLY BARNETT Holly Barnett, owner of August Equine, is a certified saddle fitter and professional equine therapist, based out of Ontario, Canada. Holly embraces the "whole horse" concept and presents a comprehensive approach to...

Ask Andre: What is Your Preferred Show Ring Attire?

There is a lot of storied tradition in our sport, and I have great respect for that. I prefer a traditional look in the show ring. In my opinion, if it catches my eye,...

Air Vests Are All the Rage—But Are They Truly Safe?

The hunter jumper world is abuzz about air vests. Well-known professionals are wearing them, more are speaking out about buying their own, and amateur riders and parents are considering making the investment for themselves...

The Perfect Bit Does Exist

BY JESS CLAWSON Many riders struggle with teaching their horses, and themselves, proper connection to the bit. Sometimes horses resist because the bit isn’t an appropriate choice or doesn’t fit correctly, while others may struggle...

TPH Review: Total Saddle Fit Stability Leathers

by Jess Clawson Many years ago when I was in grad school and couldn’t afford a horse, I played roller derby. I made terrific friends, was the fittest I’ve ever been, and wore myself out...

EQright: Tiny Device, Big Potential to Improve Your Riding

By Rennie Dyball Does your trainer tell you to “look up!” or “sit up!” every lesson? Do you jump up your horse’s neck from time to time? Find yourself looking down just to double-check your...

Body Protectors, Air Vests & and Other Safety Gear: What You Need to Know

By Rennie Dyball There’s nothing like a pandemic to get people thinking about their safety. In tack shops and in online groups alike, riders outside of the eventing world are talking about incorporating an extra...

On a Budget? You Need The TackHack

BY LAUREN MAULDIN This online retailer is changing the equestrian discount landscape by working with independent tack shops to source amazing deals for riders. Working adult amateurs bond over many things, like battling nerves at the...