Choosing Horse Tack Equipment

March 6, 2009 - Comment

Horse tack equipment is nothing other than all of the accessories that a horse wears while being ridden. Of course, bareback riding is possible, but most riders like to "saddle up" their horse with the required English or Western tack. One differs from the other in the number of accessories used more than anything else,

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Horse tack equipment is nothing other than all of the accessories that a horse wears while being ridden. Of course, bareback riding is possible, but most riders like to "saddle up" their horse with the required English or Western tack. One differs from the other in the number of accessories used more than anything else, yet both can be quite expensive. However, it is important that you always use the best quality equipment for the horse, such as the products from Reinsman, Pro Choice, Tom Balding and Rod’s.

English tack is a little more complicated to use than the Western style and this is why most riders prefer the latter. Some of the horse tack equipment used includes halters, stirrups, saddles, bridles, saddle pads, harnesses, lead ropes, breastplates, the girth (which is part of the English tack, while its counterpart uses cinches) and martin angles. There are also three kinds of bridles: the hackamore, the single bridle and the double bridle. As well, there are varied girths: nylon, leather, string and webbing. Saddles too come in many types, such as pleasure saddles for leisure riding, training saddles, side saddles, military saddles, polo saddles, jumping saddles, roping saddles and dressage saddles, among others. 

Everything is important when you outfit a horse, regardless of whether it is English or Western tack, and it has to be maintained very well if you want to use it for a reasonable amount of time. The leather tack is the most expensive and the most troublesome in maintenance, as it needs to be wiped and polished every time it is used. For those who are more practical, nylon tack makes better sense. Fortunately, the nylon horse tack equipment is less demanding when it comes to maintenance and it can also be washed when needed.

Judging from the two types of horse tack equipment, the Western tack seems to be more popular due to its lower number of pieces and simplicity. Both however, need to be a perfect match for the horse. You also need to maintain the equipment, making sure that it is in A1 shape at all times. Improperly assembled tack could be fatal for riders.

Author: Mike Selvon

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